Adeno-Associated Vectors for Gene Delivery to the Nervous System

  • Pádraig J. Mulcahy
  • Christopher Binny
  • Bartosz Muszynski
  • Evangelia Karyka
  • Mimoun AzzouzEmail author
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 98)


Gene therapy approaches based on adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) systems offer many unique advantages for nervous system applications. These vectors are opening up new approaches for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. AAV can efficiently deliver genes to postmitotic neuronal cell types offering long-term expression, can be generated in high titers, and are associated with only minimal immunological complications. Numerous animal studies have demonstrated the efficiency of these vectors both at preclinical and clinical development stages. The current chapter will describe the basic features of AAV vectors, list few examples of their applications as a therapeutic tool to treat diseases of the central nervous system, and discuss progress in the manufacturing process.

Key words

Adeno-associated viral vector AAV Gene therapy Gene delivery Neurological disorders Central nervous system 



M.A. and P.J.M. are supported by ERC Advanced Investigator Award.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pádraig J. Mulcahy
    • 1
  • Christopher Binny
    • 1
  • Bartosz Muszynski
    • 1
  • Evangelia Karyka
    • 1
  • Mimoun Azzouz
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Neuroscience, Sheffield Institute for Translational NeuroscienceUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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