Gene Therapy for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Prolonged Expression of the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli Gene after Lipofection into Mouse Colon in Vivo
  • Rachel Hargest
  • Ahmed Eldin
  • Robert Williamson
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 451)


Corrective gene therapy for the treatment of single gene disorders has reached the stage of clinical trials. For malignant disease however research and clinical gene therapy protocols have focused on using genetic techniques to enhance the host’s immune response to a tumour or to direct cytotoxic therapy to tumour cells [1–3]. Corrective gene therapy has been largely ignored as a potential strategy for the treatment of malignant disease due to perceived difficulties in achieving an adequate cell hit rate [4, 5], However recent clinical [6] and preclinical studies [7, 8] have begun to address the problems raised by this strategy. Genetic modifications which reverse the malignant process could however lead to negative selection pressure followed by overgrowth of residual unmodified cancer cells. It would therefore be preferable if tumour suppressor genes could be introduced into normal tissue at a high risk of becoming malignant in order to prevent transformation, rather than reverse the neoplastic process.


Gene Therapy Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Adenomatous Polyposis Coli Adenomatous Polyposis Coli Gene Intestinal Stem Cell 
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adenomatous polyposis coli


familial adenomatous polyposis


murine intestinal neoplasia


polymerase chain reaction


reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel Hargest
    • 1
  • Ahmed Eldin
    • 1
  • Robert Williamson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity College London Medical SchoolLondonUK
  2. 2.Murdoch InstituteRoyal Children’s HospitalMelbourneAustralia

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