Gene Therapy for Renal Diseases and Transplantation

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April 2008



Initially conceived as a strategy to remedy inherited genetic disorders, gene therapy has been successfully applied in the last decade to ameliorate the renal function compromised by progressive renal diseases and to prevent kidney allograft rejection in experimental animals.In the present book, world-renowned experts are presenting new insights into viral and non-viral systems used to effect gene delivery, one chapter being dedicated to the new field of RNA interference (RNAi). This latter method may be successfully used in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury, trauma and transplantation. In the near future, gene therapy might also prove to be a new strategy to target molecules involved in tissue damage and inflammation processes that underlie ARF. So far, gene transfer has been successfully applied in experimental glomerulonephritis and interstitial fibrosis, and studies in larger animals are keenly awaited. Also covered are issues related to transplantation, which is the therapy of choice in many end-stage organ failures. Transfer of genes whose protein products have immunomodulatory properties have proven beneficial in treating acute and chronic graft rejection, one of the problems not satisfactorily solved by current anti-rejection drugs. Gene therapy thus may become a reality in clinical transplantation once its efficacy in larger animals has been demonstrated. Last but not least, a possible benefit of targeted gene therapy in renal cancer or HIV-associated nephropathy is explored.Covering a wide spectrum of topics, this publication provides a valuable overview of current developments and issues.


Preface: Benigni, A.; Remuzzi, G.; Renal Diseases as Targets of Gene Therapy: Phillips, B.; Giannoukakis, N.; Trucco, M.; Nonviral Gene Delivery: Akita, H.; Harashima, H.; Retrovirus Vectors: Lech, P.; Somia, N.V.; Adenovirus Vectors for Renal-Targeted Gene Delivery: Appledorn, D.M.; Seregin, S.; Amalfitano, A.; Adeno-Associated Virus Vectors: Versatile Tools for in vivo Gene Transfer: Zentilin, L.; Giacca, M.; RNA Interference in Research and Therapy of Renal Diseases: Racz, Z.; Hamar, P.; Gene Therapy for Acute Renal Failure: Torras, J.; Cruzado, J.M.; Herrero-Fresneda, I.; Grinyo, J.M.; Chronic Deteriorating Renal Function and Renal Fibrosis: Isaka, Y.; Takahara, S.; Imai, E.; Allograft Rejection: Acute and Chronic Studies: Tomasoni, S.; Remuzzi, G.; Benigni, A.; Gene Therapy for Renal Cancer: Haviv, Y.S.; Curiel, D.T.; HIV-Associated Nephropathy: Wyatt, C.M.; Rosenstiel, P.E.; Klotman, P.E.
EAN: 9783805585057
ISBN: 3805585055
Untertitel: Contributions to Nephrology 159. 'Contributions to Nephrology'. in Color:4 Tables:6. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Karger Verlag
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 168 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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