Lentivirus transduction of human osteoclast precursor cells and differentiation into functional osteoclasts

Margaret L. Ramnaraine, Wendy E. Mathews, Denis R. Clohisy

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Gene transfer into stem cells has been an ongoing priority as a treatment for genetic disease and cancer for more than two decades. Methods described herein, form the basis for providing the cell source to determine if osteoclast precursor cells (OcP) can be used as therapeutic gene delivery systems in vivo. Osteoclasts and tumor associated macrophages or OcP, support survival, tumor progression and osteolysis in bone cancers. Two sources of precursor cells are compared: CD14+ cells, the standard OcP, found abundantly in peripheral blood and CD34+ cells, hematopoietic stem cells that are rare, but which can be expanded into OcP. Our findings characterize cell yield at each step of the transduction process and thus provide essential data for planning future in vivo experiments. In addition we demonstrate that essential functions of OcP are preserved following lentiviral transduction. Specifically, neither the transduction method nor the lentiviral transduction influence the OcP's ability to form osteoclasts, express the marker gene, EGFP, or resorb bone. Finally, we conclude that CD34+ cells yield significantly more transduced cells and form functionally superior osteoclasts in vitro. This study represents a step towards considering human gene therapy for bone cancer by demonstrating successful transduction of human OcP for use as cellular delivery vehicles to sites of bone cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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Funding Information:
Supported by funding from CA90434 ( NCI ), AR47302 ( NIAMS ), Academic Health Center Translational Research Grant and the Roby C. Thompson Endowment . We would like to acknowledge the use of confocal microscope made available through an NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant (#1 S10 RR16851). This work was supported in part by NIH P30 CA77598 utilizing the following University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center shared resources: Flow Cytometry and Mouse Genetics Laboratory.


  • CD14
  • Gene therapy
  • Hematopoietic stem cells
  • Lentivirus
  • Osteoclast


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