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Gene therapy: Therapeutic applications and relevance to pathology

Both, G., Alexander, I., Fletcher, S., Nicolson, T.J., Rasko, J.E.J., Wilton, S.D. and Symonds, G. (2011) Gene therapy: Therapeutic applications and relevance to pathology. Pathology, 43 (6). pp. 642-656.

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Summary: This review discusses gene therapy as a new treatment paradigm where genetic material is introduced into cells for therapeutic benefit. The genetic material is the ‘drug’. It can have a transient or ongoing effect depending on whether or not the introduced genetic material becomes part of the host cell DNA. Different delivery and gene technologies are chosen by investigators to maximise gene delivery to, and expression within, the target cells appropriate for the disease indication. The presence and expression of the introduced genetic material is monitored by molecular means so that treatment efficacy can be assessed via changes in surrogate and/or actual markers of disease. Of interest to the pathologist will be the approaches being developed for the disease indications highlighted and the monitoring of treatment efficacy.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: © 2011 Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
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