Electroporation-Mediated Gene Delivery to the Lungs
Electroporation is a safe, efficient, and inexpensive method to transfer naked plasmid DNA into various tissues. For electroporation-mediated gene transfer to the mouse lung, a plasmid solution is delivered to the lungs via the trachea. Immediately after plasmid delivery, eight square wave pulses are delivered by two pre-gelled electrodes placed on each side of the chest. An optimal field strength in mice is 200 V/cm, with a pulse duration of 10 ms each and a 1 s interval between pulses. High level gene expression can be achieved within 24 h in all cell types in the lung with very little inflammation and no apparent trauma.
Key wordsElectroporation Nonviral gene therapy Plasmid Lungs Whole lung tissue extraction Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) Intubation