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Advances in Targeted Gene Delivery

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 7 ]

Author(s):

Anjuman A. Begum, Istvan Toth, Waleed M. Hussein and Peter M. Moyle*   Pages 588 - 608 ( 21 )

Abstract:


Gene therapy has the potential to treat both acquired and inherited genetic diseases. Generally, two types of gene delivery vectors are used - viral vectors and non-viral vectors. Non-viral gene delivery systems have attracted significant interest (e.g. 115 gene therapies approved for clinical trials in 2018; clinicaltrials.gov) due to their lower toxicity, lack of immunogenicity and ease of production compared to viral vectors. To achieve the goal of maximal therapeutic efficacy with minimal adverse effects, the cell-specific targeting of non-viral gene delivery systems has attracted research interest. Targeting through cell surface receptors; the enhanced permeability and retention effect, or pH differences are potential means to target genes to specific organs, tissues, or cells. As for targeting moieties, receptorspecific ligand peptides, antibodies, aptamers and affibodies have been incorporated into synthetic nonviral gene delivery vectors to fulfill the requirement of active targeting. This review provides an overview of different potential targets and targeting moieties to target specific gene delivery systems.

Keywords:

Gene therapy, gene delivery, targeted delivery, vectors, cell surface receptors, targeting moieties.

Affiliation:

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB), The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB), The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB), The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072, School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland, Woolloongabba, 4102

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