Development of a Targeted Gene-Delivery System Using Escherichia coli

  • Chung-Jen ChiangEmail author
  • Chih-Hsiang Chang
  • Yun-Peng ChaoEmail author
  • Ming-Ching Kao
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1409)


A gene-delivery system based on microbes is useful for development of targeted gene therapy of non-phagocytic cancer cells. Here, the feasibility of the delivery system is illustrated by targeted delivery of a transgene (i.e., eukaryotic GFP) by Escherichia coli to HER2/neu-positive cancer cells. An E. coli strain was engineered with surface display of the anti-HER2/neu affibody. To release the gene cargo, a programmed lysis system based on phage ϕX174 gene E was introduced into the E. coli strain. As a result, 3 % of HER2/neu-positive cells that were infected with engineered E. coli were able to express the GFP.

Key words

Bacterial carrier Targeted delivery HER2/neu Bactofection 



This work is supported by Feng Chia University (08G27501), National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC101-2221-E-035-0575-MY3, NSC102-2622-E-035- 005-CC1), and China Medical University (CMU98-C-11).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Laboratory Science and BiotechnologyChina Medical UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringFeng Chia UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Biological Science and TechnologyChina Medical UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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