Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, June 29th, 2006
"The adenovirus (Ad) penton base protein facilitates viral infection by binding cell surface integrins, triggering receptor-mediated endocytosis and mediating endosomal penetration. Given these multiple functions, recombinant penton base proteins have been utilized as non-viral vehicles for gene transfer by our lab and others. Although we have previously demonstrated that penton base-derived vectors undergo integrin-specific binding and cell entry, less than desirable levels of gene expression have led us to re-evaluate the recombinant penton base as an...
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