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Trends Neurosci. 1996 Feb;19(2):49-54.

The principles of gene therapy for the nervous system.

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Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Research pertaining to gene transfer into cells of the nervous system is one of the fastest growing fields in neuroscience. An important application of gene transfer is gene therapy, which is based on introducing therapeutic genes into cells of the nervous system by ex vivo or in vivo techniques. With the eventual development of efficient and safe vectors, therapeutic genes, under the control of a suitable promoter, can be targeted to the appropriate neurons or glial cells. Gene therapy is not only applicable to the treatment of genetic diseases of the nervous system and the control of malignant neoplasia, but it also has therapeutic potential for acquired degenerative encephalopathies (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease), as well as for promoting neuronal survival and regeneration in various pathological states.

PMID:
8820867
DOI:
10.1016/0166-2236(96)89620-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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