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Advances in siRNA delivery to T-cells: potential clinical applications for inflammatory disease, cancer and infection.
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PMID:  24070422     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The specificity of RNAi and its ability to silence 'undruggable' targets has made inhibition of gene expression in T-cells with siRNAs an attractive potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of inflammatory disease, cancer and infection. However, delivery of siRNAs into primary T-cells represents a major hurdle to their use as potential therapeutic agents. Recent advances in siRNA delivery through the use of electroporation/nucleofection, viral vectors, peptides/proteins, nanoparticles, aptamers and other agents have now enabled efficient gene silencing in primary T-cells both in vitro and in vivo. Overcoming such barriers in siRNA delivery offers exciting new prospects for directly targeting T-cells systemically with siRNAs, or adoptively transferring T-cells back into patients following ex vivo manipulation with siRNAs. In the present review, we outline the challenges in delivering siRNAs into primary T-cells and discuss the mechanism and therapeutic opportunities of each delivery method. We emphasize studies that have exploited RNAi-mediated gene silencing in T-cells for the treatment of inflammatory disease, cancer and infection using mouse models. We also discuss the potential therapeutic benefits of manipulating T-cells using siRNAs for the treatment of human diseases.
Michael Freeley; Aideen Long
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Biochemical journal     Volume:  455     ISSN:  1470-8728     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochem. J.     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
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Created Date:  2013-09-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984726R     Medline TA:  Biochem J     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
*Department of Clinical Medicine, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
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