Gene editing studies for the treatment of AIDS

Author : Can Akpınaroğlu
Number of pages : 8-20


Following after the fatal genetic diseases that were caused by single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and cancer, HIV/AIDS had always been one of the primary targets of cell and gene therapies due to lack of any proper satisfactory treatment. Earlier gene therapy approaches were mostly trials about introducing anti-HIV genes to cells, using various viral vectors. These viral vectors performed integrations of the desired anti-HIV genes, sometimes correctly while sometimes between random wrong sequences. However, with the increased precision of new gene editing technologies, including ZFNs and the latest CRISPR-mediated gene editing systems (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) more successful therapies have begun to be administrated. As an important example of therapy, the trial of Timothy Ray Brown which was followed by the “London patient”, allowed the topic of gene editing techniques for treatment of HIV and AIDS to gain interest again.


Gene Editing, AIDS, HIV, CRISPR/Cas9

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