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Emerging Concepts and Challenges in Rheumatoid Arthritis Gene Therapy

Authors
  • deviatkin, andrei a.
  • vakulenko, yulia a.
  • akhmadishina, ludmila v.
  • tarasov, vadim v.
  • beloukhova, marina i.
  • zamyatnin jr., andrey a.
  • lukashev, alexander n.
Publication Date
Jan 09, 2020
Source
MDPI
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory joint disease affecting about 1% of the population worldwide. Current treatment approaches do not ensure a cure for every patient. Moreover, classical regimens are based on nontargeted systemic immune suppression and have significant side effects. Biological treatment has advanced considerably but efficacy and specificity issues remain. Gene therapy is one of the potential future directions for RA therapy, which is rapidly developing. Several gene therapy trials done so far have been of moderate success, but experimental and genetics studies have yielded novel targets. As a result, the arsenal of gene therapy tools keeps growing. Currently, both viral and nonviral delivery systems are used for RA therapy. Herein, we review recent approaches for RA gene therapy.

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