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Gene Therapy for the Nervous System: Challenges and New Strategies

Overview of attention for article published in Neurotherapeutics, August 2014
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Gene Therapy for the Nervous System: Challenges and New Strategies
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Neurotherapeutics, August 2014
DOI 10.1007/s13311-014-0299-5
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Casey A. Maguire, Servio H. Ramirez, Steven F. Merkel, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Xandra O. Breakefield


Current clinical treatments for central nervous system (CNS) diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and glioblastoma do not halt disease progression and have significant treatment morbidities. Gene therapy has the potential to "permanently" correct disease by bringing in a normal gene to correct a mutant gene deficiency, knocking down mRNA of mutant alleles, and inducing cell-death in cancer cells using transgenes encoding apoptosis-inducing proteins. Promising results in clinical trials of eye disease (Leber's congenital aumorosis) and Parkinson's disease have shown that gene-based neurotherapeutics have great potential. The recent development of genome editing technology, such as zinc finger nucleases, TALENS, and CRISPR, has made the ultimate goal of gene correction a step closer. This review summarizes the challenges faced by gene-based neurotherapeutics and the current and recent strategies designed to overcome these barriers. We have chosen the following challenges to focus on in this review: (1) delivery vehicles (both virus and nonviral), (2) use of promoters for vector-mediated gene expression in CNS, and (3) delivery across the blood-brain barrier. The final section (4) focuses on promising pre-clinical/clinical studies of neurotherapeutics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 127 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 25 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 19%
Researcher 23 17%
Student > Master 19 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 8%
Other 29 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 40 30%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 28 21%
Neuroscience 22 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 18 14%
Unspecified 8 6%
Other 16 12%

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