In Vivo Imaging and Tumor Therapy with the Sodium Iodide Symporter

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There has been great progress in the design of vectors for cancer gene therapy. However, it has been difficult to translate success in the laboratory into clinical practice. A major hurdle in understanding these failures has been the relative difficulty in monitoring repeatedly and non-invasively the biodistribution, gene expression and replication of these viral vector systems. With the advent of molecular imaging technology, this deficiency is being rapidly rectified. A number of reporter genes have been used to monitor gene expression. In this review, we discuss the role of the sodium iodide symporter (NIS) as a reporter and therapeutic gene for cancer gene therapy when combined with various radioactive isotopes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1086
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of cellular biochemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 15 2003


  • Biodistribution
  • Gene therapy
  • NIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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