Gene Therapy in Heart Disease

  • Louis C. Smith
  • Randy C. Eisensmith
  • Savio L. C. Woo
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 369)


Interest in gene therapy arises from the realization that, for many human diseases, current treatment of human disease, genetic or otherwise, is generally aimed at symptoms or secondary defects and almost never at the precise biochemical or genetic disease itself. The ideal treatment could involve actual change or replacement of defective genes (Friedman, 1983). In spite of remarkable surgical and pharmaceutical advances, therapy of the more than 5000 genetic disorders is not a clinical reality. The most effective drugs act, not only in the target organ, but also in other tissues, where they produce side effects. Moreover, drugs are expensive and must be continued for lifetime. Gene therapy is an alternative to a lifetime of medication, particularity when effective drugs do not exist.


Gene Delivery Familial Hypercholesterolemia Nuclear Pore Complex Familial Hypercholesterolemia WHHL Rabbit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis C. Smith
    • 1
    • 2
  • Randy C. Eisensmith
    • 1
  • Savio L. C. Woo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Cell BiologyBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Howard Hughes Medical InstituteBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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