Circumventing antivector immunity: potential use of nonhuman adenoviral vectors

Hum Gene Ther. 2014 Apr;25(4):285-300. doi: 10.1089/hum.2013.228. Epub 2014 Mar 25.


Adenoviruses are efficient gene delivery vectors based on their ability to transduce a wide variety of cell types and drive high-level transient transgene expression. While there have been advances in modifying human adenoviral (HAdV) vectors to increase their safety profile, there are still pitfalls that need to be further addressed. Preexisting humoral and cellular immunity against common HAdV serotypes limits the efficacy of gene transfer and duration of transgene expression. As an alternative, nonhuman AdV (NHAdV) vectors can circumvent neutralizing antibodies against HAdVs in immunized mice and monkeys and in human sera, suggesting that NHAdV vectors could circumvent preexisting humoral immunity against HAdVs in a clinical setting. Consequently, there has been an increased interest in developing NHAdV vectors for gene delivery in humans. In this review, we outline the recent advances and limitations of HAdV vectors for gene therapy and describe examples of NHAdV vectors focusing on their immunogenicity, tropism, and potential as effective gene therapy vehicles.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptive Immunity
  • Adenoviridae / genetics
  • Adenoviridae / immunology*
  • Adenoviridae Infections / immunology
  • Animals
  • Gene Transfer Techniques
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Genetic Vectors / genetics
  • Genetic Vectors / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunity*
  • Immunity, Innate
  • Transgenes / genetics
  • Transgenes / immunology