Biodegradable nanoparticles for gene therapy technology

  • Hossein Hosseinkhani
  • Wen-Jie He
  • Chiao-Hsi Chiang
  • Po-Da Hong
  • Dah-Shyong Yu
  • Abraham J. Domb
  • Keng-Liang Ou


Rapid propagations in materials technology together with biology have initiated great hopes in the possibility of treating many diseases by gene therapy technology. Viral and non-viral gene carriers are currently applied for gene delivery. Non-viral technology is safe and effective for the delivery of genetic materials to cells and tissues. Non-viral systems are based on plasmid expression containing a gene encoding a therapeutic protein and synthetic biodegradable nanoparticles as a safe carrier of gene. Biodegradable nanoparticles have shown great interest in drug and gene delivery systems as they are easy to be synthesized and have no side effect in cells and tissues. This review provides a critical view of applications of biodegradable nanoparticles on gene therapy technology to enhance the localization of in vitro and in vivo and improve the function of administered genes.


Gene therapy Viral vectors Non-viral vectors DNA Gene expression 



This study was supported by the research grant of NSC 99-2314-B-011-001-MY3, National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hossein Hosseinkhani
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Wen-Jie He
    • 1
  • Chiao-Hsi Chiang
    • 3
  • Po-Da Hong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dah-Shyong Yu
    • 4
    • 6
  • Abraham J. Domb
    • 5
  • Keng-Liang Ou
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Biomedical EngineeringNational Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)TaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringNational Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)TaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.School of Pharmacy, National Defense Medical CenterNeihu, TaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Nanomedicine Research Center, National Defense Medical CenterTaipeiTaiwan
  5. 5.Institute of Drug Research, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and The Alex Grass Center for Drug Design and SynthesisThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  6. 6.Division of UrologyTri-Service General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  7. 7.Research Center for Biomedical Devices and Prototyping ProductionCollege of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  8. 8.Research Center for Biomedical Implants and Microsurgery Devices, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and EngineeringCollege of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  9. 9.Department of DentistryTaipei Medical University-Shuang-Ho HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  10. 10.Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and Tissue EngineeringCollege of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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