The Second Edition of Gene Therapy of Cancer provides crucial updates on the basic science and ongoing research in this field, examining the state of the art technology in gene therapy and its therapeutic applications to the treatment of cancer. The clinical chapters are improved to include new areas of research and more successful trials. Chapters emphasize the scientific basis of gene therapy using immune, oncogene, antisense, pro-drug activating, and drug resistance gene targets, while other chapters discuss therapeutic approaches and clinical applications. This book is a valuable reference for anyone needing to stay abreast of the latest advances in gene therapy treatment for cancer.

Key Features

Key Features * Provides in-depth description of targeted systems and treatment strategies * Explains the underlying cancer biology necessary for understanding a given therapeutic approach * Extensively covers immune therapeutics of vaccines, cytokines, and peptide-induced responses * Presents translational focus with emphasis on requirements for clinical implementation * Incorporates detailed illustrations of vectors and therapeutic approaches ideal for classroom presentations and general reference


Oncologists, molecular geneticists, and hematologists.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface Part I Vectors for Gene Therapy of Cancer 1. Retroviral Vector Design for Cancer Gene Therapy I. Introduction II. Applications for Retroviral Vectors in Oncology III. Biology of Retroviruses IV. Principles of Retroviral Vector Systems V. Advances in Retroviral Vector Tailoring VI. Outlook References 2. Noninfectious Gene Transfer and Expression Systems for Cancer Gene Therapy I. Introduction II. Advantages and Disadvantages of Infectious, Viral-Based Vectors for Human Gene Therapy III. Rationale for Considering Noninfectious, Plasmid-Based Expression Systems IV. Gene Transfer Technologies for Plasmid-Based Vectors: Preclinical Models and Clinical Cancer Gene Therapy Trials V. Plasmid Expression Vectors VI. Future Directions References 3. Parvovirus Vectors for the Gene Therapy of Cancer I. Introduction II. Biology of Parvoviridae and Vector Development III. Applications of Recombinant Parvovirus Vectors to Cancer Gene Therapy IV. Perspectives, Problems, and Future Considerations References 4. Antibody-Targeted Gene Therapy I. Introduction II. Background: Monoclonal Antibodies and Cancer Therapy III. Recent Advances: Monoclonal-Antibody-Mediated Targeting and Cancer Gene Therapy IV. Future Directions References 5. Ribozymes in Cancer Gene Therapy I. Introduction II. Ribozyme Structures and Functions III. Cancer Disease Models for Ribozyme Application IV. Challenges and Future Directions References 6. The Advent of Lentiviral Vectors: Prospects for Cancer Therapy I. Introduction II. Structure and Function of Lentiviruses III. Features that Distinguish Lentiviral


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@qu:" ...represents the 'state-of-the-art', describing the progress made to date in its written chapters. ...this book is a worthy addition to the laboratories and libraries serving the students, fellows and experienced researchers devoted to translating cancer gene therapy applications from laboratory to the bedside." @source—Robert E. Sobol, GenStar Therapeutics, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (2002)