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Polycation cytotoxicity: a delicate matter for nucleic acid therapy—focus on polyethylenimine

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Abstract

This article provides a critical assessment of the major challenges facing nucleic acid therapeutics, focusing on the safety and efficacy of delivery strategies using synthetic polycations and particularly polyethylenimines. Deficiencies in the field and avenues for further research are identified that could help with design and selection of an expanded and improved library of safer polycationic vectors for clinical gene therapy and RNA interference delivery.

Graphical abstract: Polycation cytotoxicity: a delicate matter for nucleic acid therapy—focus on polyethylenimine

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Submitted
07 Jan 2010
Accepted
08 Mar 2010
First published
21 Apr 2010

Soft Matter, 2010,6, 4001-4009
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Polycation cytotoxicity: a delicate matter for nucleic acid therapy—focus on polyethylenimine

L. Parhamifar, A. K. Larsen, A. C. Hunter, T. L. Andresen and S. M. Moghimi, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 4001
DOI: 10.1039/C000190B

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