Replication-competent vectors and empty virus-like particles: New retroviral vector designs for cancer gene therapy or vaccines

Charlotte Dalba, Bertrand Bellier, Noriyuki Kasahara, David Klatzmann

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Replication-defective vectors based on murine oncoretroviruses were the first gene transfer vectors to be used in successful gene therapies. Despite this achievement, they have two major drawbacks: insufficient efficacy for in vivo gene transfer and insertional mutagenesis. Attempts to overcome these problems have led to two retroviral vector designs of principally opposite character: replication-competent vectors transducing largely intact genomes and genome-free vectors. Replication-competent retroviral vectors have achieved dramatically improved efficacy for in vivo cancer gene therapy and genome-free retroviral vectors expressing different kinds of antigens have proven excellent as immunogens. Current developments aim to improve the safety of the replication-competent vectors and to augment the production efficiency of the genome-free vectors by expression from heterologous viral or non-viral vectors. Together with the continuous advances of classical defective retroviral vectors for ex vivo gene therapy, these developments illustrate that, due to their tremendous design versatility, retroviral vectors remain important vectors for gene therapy applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-466
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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