We tested the hypothesis that targeted disruption of cationic microbubble-linked plasmid DNA, using diagnostic ultrasound, may aid transfection of large animal myocardium. Plasmid DNA encoding for CAT (pCAT, chloramphenicol acetyltransferase) was bound to a novel cationic microbubble containing MRX-225 for intravenous administration, and 16 dogs in 4 groups variously received this conjugate or plasmid only, or were exposed to ultrasound. Histochemical staining and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analysis showed CAT activity in the myocardium of only those animals that received microbubble-linked DNA and were exposed to ultrasound. Thus, disruption of cationic-linked, low-dose plasmid systems by diagnostic ultrasound may facilitate transfection of large annual hearts.
|Number of pages
|Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
|Published - Mar 2002
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine