Gene transfer protocols used for bio molecule productions and therapeutic strategies suffer from lack of control of the fate of the foreign DNA within the host genome. The efficient expression of the transferred DNA relies on the site of its integration, on the presence of cis DNA regulatory elements and on nuclear proteins which participate in the formation of the chromatin at the transgeniclocus. This proposal aims at studying all these contributing factors in order to develop methods which can target the foreign DNA at preselected, precharacterised sites in the genome and guarantee stable and/or regulatable expression of the transferred genes, without interrupting or activating endogenous neighbouring gene loci.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
3000 DR Rotterdam
W12 0NN London
EH25 9PS Roslin, Midlothian