Recombinant adeno-associated viral vector reference standards

Methods Enzymol. 2012;507:297-311. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-386509-0.00015-6.


Reference standard materials (RSMs) exist for a variety of biologics including vaccines but are not readily available for gene therapy vectors. To date, a recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 2 RSM (rAAV2 RSM) has been produced and characterized and was made available to the scientific community in 2010. In addition, a rAAV8 RSM has been produced and will be characterized in the coming months. The use of these reference materials by members of the gene therapy field facilitates the calibration of individual laboratory vector-specific internal standards and the eventual comparison of preclinical and clinical data based on common dosage units. Normalization of data to determine therapeutic dose ranges of rAAV vectors for each particular tissue target and disease indication is important information that can enhance the safety and protection of patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • DNA, Recombinant / genetics
  • Dependovirus / genetics*
  • Dependovirus / isolation & purification
  • Genetic Therapy / adverse effects
  • Genetic Therapy / methods
  • Genetic Therapy / standards*
  • Genetic Vectors / standards*
  • Humans
  • Reference Standards
  • Transgenes / genetics
  • Viral Load / standards


  • DNA, Recombinant