Thesis / Dissertation

Material-based gene therapy approaches for HIV and neurodegenerative diseases

Ewa Irena Czuba-Wojnilowicz, Francesco Caruso (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Gene therapy is of interest in medicine as it allows potential treatment of inherited and acquired diseases that cannot be treated or prevented using conventional methods. The introduction of new genetic material into the cells aims to improve cellular functions by either replacing a malfunctioning gene with a functional transgene or silencing the expression of specific genes implicated in various human diseases. The delivery of plasmid DNA provides an opportunity to replace defective or missing genes by utilizing cellular gene expression apparatus to produce encoded proteins. RNA therapeutics act via the RNA interference pathway to target intermediate gene expression product for degradation..

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