Gene therapy for cardiovascular disease: perspectives and potential

Bradshaw, A. C. and Baker, A. H. (2013) Gene therapy for cardiovascular disease: perspectives and potential. Vascular Pharmacology, 58(3), pp. 174-181. (doi: 10.1016/j.vph.2012.10.008)

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Cardiovascular disease is the most frequent cause of mortality in the western world, accounting for over 800,000 premature deaths per year in the EU alone. Cardiovascular disease is the second most common application for gene therapy clinical trials, which most frequently employ adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5)-based vectors as delivery vehicles. Although interactions of Ad5 vectors with circulating proteins and cells can limit their efficacy after systemic administration, local gene delivery strategies show great potential in the cardiovascular setting, notably in the context of vascular delivery. Here we review the pathogenesis of bypass graft failure and in-stent restenosis, identifying potential therapeutic targets and discussing recent advances in the field of adenovirus biology and retargeting that, in concert, will potentially translate in coming years to more effective gene therapies for cardiovascular applications.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Baker, Professor Andrew and Bradshaw, Dr Angela
Authors: Bradshaw, A. C., and Baker, A. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Vascular Pharmacology
ISSN (Online):1879-3649
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