Gene delivery into cells to elicit cellular response has received a great attention recently. Viruses, lipids, peptides,
cationic polymers and certain inorganic nanomaterials have been reported as gene delivery vectors. In this review,
we focus on the recent literature on gene delivery using inorganic nanoparticles. This emerging field of study is concisely
summarized and illustrated by selected examples and recent patents. New approaches and directions towards the practical
use of multifunctional nanocarriers are highlighted.
Keywords: Gene delivery, viruses, lipids, peptides, cationic polymers, inorganic nanoparticles, gold, iron oxide, silica, carbon nanotubes
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