Translational Paradigms in Cerebrovascular Gene Transfer

Vini G. Khurana, Fredric B. Meyer

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Gene transfer involves the use of an engineered biologic vehicle known as a vector to introduce a gene encoding a protein of interest into a particular tissue. In diseases with known defects at a genetic level, gene transfer offers a potential means of restoring a normal molecular environment via vector-mediated entry (transduction) and expression of genes encoding potentially therapeutic proteins selectively in diseased tissues. The technology of gene transfer therefore underlies the concept of gene therapy and falls under the umbrella of the current genomics revolution. Particularly since 1995, numerous attempts have been made to introduce genes into intracranial blood vessels to demonstrate and characterize viable transduction. More recently, in attempting to translate cerebrovascular gene transfer technology closer to the clinical arena, successful transductions of normal human cerebral arteries ex vivo and diseased animal cerebral arteries in vivo have been reported using vasomodulatory vectors. Considering the emerging importance of gene-based strategies for the treatment of the spectrum of human disease, the goals of the present report are to overview the fundamentals of gene transfer and review experimental studies germane to the clinical translation of a technology that can facilitate genetic modification of cerebral blood vessels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1251-1262
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Adenovirus
  • Cerebral vasospasm
  • Gene therapy
  • Nitric oxide
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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