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Selvakumaran M , Bao R , Crijns AP , Connolly DC , Weinstein JK , Hamilton TC
Ovarian epithelial cell lineage-specific gene expression using the promoter of a retrovirus-like element
Cancer Res. 2001 Feb 15;61(4) :1291-5
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We have isolated 462 bp of sequence termed ovarian-specific promoter 1 (OSP-1) that is part of a retrovirus-like element specifically expressed in the rat ovary. We have evaluated the ability of OSP-1 to activate gene expression in normal and neoplastic cell lines derived from the ovaries of rats and women. We have found that there was marked specificity in the ability of OSP-1 to drive reporter gene expression in an ovarian epithelial cell lineage manner. The expression of herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-TK) under OSP-1 control was sufficiently ovarian cancer cell line specific to render ganciclovir approximately 50-fold more toxic in the A2780 human ovarian cancer cell line compared with clones of the HCT-116 and HT-29 colon cancer cell lines. Furthermore, ganciclovir had marked antitumor efficacy in vivo in severe combined immunodeficient mice bearing A2780OSP-1-HSV-TK as a s.c. xenograft. We suggest that these data support the use of OSP-1 as a tool to provide specificity to the gene therapy of ovarian cancer and to drive ovarian-specific oncogene expression for the creation of transgenic mouse models of ovarian cancer.
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