Cationic lipid-DNA complexes in gene delivery: From biophysics to biological applications
Nejat Düzgüneş: 0000-0001-6159-1391
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Great expectations from the application of gene therapy approaches to human disease have been impaired by the unsatisfactory clinical progress observed. Among others, the use of an efficient carrier for nucleic acid-based medicines is considered to be a determinant factor for the successful application of this promising therapeutic strategy. The drawbacks associated with the use of viral vectors, namely those related with safety problems, have prompted investigators to develop alternative methods for gene delivery, cationic lipid-based systems being the most representative. This review focuses on the various parameters that are considered to be crucial to optimize the use of cationic lipid-DNA complexes for gene therapy purposes. Particular emphasis is devoted to the analysis of the different stages involved in the transfection process, from the biophysical aspects underlying the formation of the complexes to the different biological barriers that need to be surpassed for gene expression to occur. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
Pedroso De Lima, M. C.,
Cationic lipid-DNA complexes in gene delivery: From biophysics to biological applications.
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 47(2-3), 277–294.