Research Highlight: Efficient gene delivery and selective transduction of astrocytes in the mammalian brain using viral vectors

ENP team leader Gilles Bonvento and his colleagues recently published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. They reviewed the current knowledge on astrocytes’ contributions to synapse formation, plasticity, regulation of blood flow, and energy metabolism. They propose that target-specific influence over the expression of proteins, such as gene transfer, may be an effective strategy for developing new treatments for some neurological disorders. See the review for more information:

Merienne N, Le Douce J, Faivre E, Déglon N, Bonvento G. Efficient gene delivery and selective transduction of astrocytes in the mammalian brain using viral vectors. Front Cell Neurosci. 5 July 2013. 7(106).

Key words: Astrocytes Gene therapy Tropism Viral vectors

Modified Figure 1 from Merienne et al., Front Cell Neurosci., 2013