Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disease in humans, caused by a deficiency of low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors, that we have used as a model for developing liver-directed gene therapies. Our strategy is to reconstitute hepatic LDL receptor expression in vivo by administering a DNA-protein complex that is capable of targeting the delivery of functional LDL receptor genes to hepatocytes. Infusion of this DNA-protein complex into the peripheral circulation of a rabbit animal model for familial hypercholesterolemia resulted in hepatocyte-specific gene transfer and a temporary amelioration of hypercholesterolemia. This noninvasive approach to gene therapy should have applications in the treatment of a wide spectrum of human diseases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology