Tissue distribution of the cytofectin component of a plasmid-DNA/cationic lipid complex following intravenous administration in mice

Hum Gene Ther. 1997 Mar 1;8(4):393-401. doi: 10.1089/hum.1997.8.4-393.


Allovectin-7 is a gene therapy agent that consists of plasmid DNA (pDNA) encoding the human HLA-B7 class I and beta2-microglobulin genes (VCL-1005), complexed with the cationic lipid DMRIE Br and DOPE. A tritiated version of the cytofectin component, DMRIE Br, was synthesized by regiospecific isotope incorporation to a very high specific activity. The 3H-labeled DMRIE/DOPE mixture was complexed with VCL-1005 to produce a radiolabeled version of Allovectin-7. The VCL-1005/3H-DMRIE/DOPE complex was administered intravenously to mice, and the tissue distribution of radioactivity was analyzed 24 hr later. Excretion of radioisotope was monitored for 96 hr post dosing. At 24 hr post administration, a tissue distribution for the radioisotope of liver >> spleen > lung >> heart > brain approximately muscle approximately blood was observed. During the 96-hr period post dose, very little administered radioactivity (<17%) was excreted and the majority of the isotope (83%) remained in the animal. This is the first report on the biodistribution of the cytofectin component of a pDNA-cationic lipid complex for which the distribution of the plasmid component has also been reported.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA*
  • DNA, Recombinant
  • Gene Transfer Techniques
  • Genetic Therapy
  • HLA-B7 Antigen / genetics
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Lipids / administration & dosage
  • Lipids / chemical synthesis
  • Lipids / pharmacokinetics*
  • Mice
  • Plasmids / administration & dosage
  • Plasmids / chemical synthesis
  • Plasmids / pharmacokinetics*
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Tritium / pharmacokinetics
  • beta 2-Microglobulin / genetics


  • Allovectin-7
  • DNA, Recombinant
  • HLA-B7 Antigen
  • Lipids
  • beta 2-Microglobulin
  • Tritium
  • DNA