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Type: Journal article
Title: Polycation-mediated gene delivery: challenges and considerations for the process of plasmid DNA transfection
Author: Modra, K.
Dai, S.
Zhang, H.
Shi, B.
Bi, J.
Citation: Engineering in Life Sciences, 2015; 15(5):489-498
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1618-0240
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Karl Modra, Sheng Dai, Hu Zhang, Bingyang Shi, Jingxiu Bi
Abstract: The process of gene delivery has increasingly become a focus in biomedical research due to the growing demand by an ageing global population for targeted therapies of genetic related diseases, such as cancer, immunodeficiencies, and cystic fibrosis. In light of the safety issues that viral vectors still face in progressing through clinical trials, polycations have alternatively attracted keen attention, due to their lower safety risks and ability to interact with cells more effectively and with more stability, comparedwith other chemically designed nonviral vectors. In this review, a reflection of the literature pertaining to various types of polycations designed and optimized is presented, including the obstacles they face in facilitating plasmidDNA transfection. In order to design new polycations or optimize current ones that will be successful— both economically and for use in future clinical therapies—further in vivo research is needed to fully elucidate the mechanisms of each stage in the delivery process.
Keywords: DNA transfection; gene delivery; genetic related diseases; polycation; targeted therapies
Rights: © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
RMID: 0030029836
DOI: 10.1002/elsc.201400043
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