The potential of gene therapy for treatment of kidney diseases

D. J. Riley, W. H. Lee

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As knowledge of the genes and molecular events involved in specific kidney disorders expands, so do the potential applications for treating the disorders on fundamental levels. Progress in gene therapy for genetic diseases for which molecular events are simpler or better characterized has already been substantial. In addition, exciting first steps in targeting genes specifically to the kidney have emerged, although much work in defining kidney-specific genes and gene regulatory elements still needs to be done. To provide a framework for understanding the concepts and problems involved in gene therapy, we will discuss basic aspects of gene structure and regulation, gene delivery vectors, steps necessary to achieve tissue- and cell-specific expression of delivered genes, and some present and future applications of gene therapy in kidney diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in nephrology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 14 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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