PublicationsAdeno-associated viral vectors as agents for gene delivery
The use of viral vectors as agents for gene delivery provides a direct approach to manipulate gene expression in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). The present article describes in detail the methodology for the injection of viral vectors, in particular adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors, into the adult rat brain and spinal cord to obtain reproducible and successful transduction of neural tissue. Surgical and injection procedures are based on the extensive experience of our laboratory to deliver viral vectors to the adult rat CNS and have been optimized over the years. First, a brief overview is presented on the use and potential of viral vectors to treat neurological disorders or trauma of the CNS. Next, methods to deliver AAV vectors to the rat brain and spinal cord are described in great detail with the intent of providing a practical guide to potential users. Finally, some data on the experimental outcomes following AAV vector-mediated gene transfer to the adult rat CNS are presented as is a brief discussion on both the advantages and limitations of AAV vectors as tools for somatic gene transfer.