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Drug Discov Today. 2001 Aug 1;6(15):793-801.

Receptor-mediated gene transfer by phage-display vectors: applications in functional genomics and gene therapy.

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Selective Genetics, 11035 Roselle Street San Diego, 92121, San Diego, CA, USA


Recent studies have demonstrated targeted gene-delivery to mammalian cells using modified phage-display vectors. Specificity is determined by the choice of the genetically displayed targeting ligand. Without targeting, phage particles have virtually no tropism for mammalian cells. Thus, novel ligands can be selected from phage libraries by their ability to deliver a reporter gene to targeted cells. Together with advances in cDNA display technologies, these findings offer new opportunities for the use of phage-display technology in functional genomics. In addition, targeted phage particles have potential as alternative gene therapy vectors that can be further improved using directed evolution.

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