Current Gene Therapy

Ignacio Anegon
Director INSERM UMR 1064-Center for Research in Transplantation and Immunology
CHU de Nantes. 30, boulevard


Gene and Stem Cell Therapy in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction and Pulmonary Hypertension; Potential Treatments for the Common Problem of Endothelial Dysfunction

Author(s): Bobby D. Nossaman, Serap Gur, Philip J. Kadowitz.


The endothelium has an important regulatory role in the maintenance of vascular homeostasis, vascular tone, blood flow, and in preserving a non-thrombogenic blood-tissue interface. Injury to the vascular wall with subsequent endothelial dysfunction alters these important regulatory functions leading to a state of abnormal endothelial function. In this paper, we review the pathophysiology of endothelial dysfunction and how this disorder is common to the development of erectile dysfunction and of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Current medical therapies for these two disorders are discussed followed by a review of the preclinical studies involving currently available strategies for gene and stem cell therapy and their potential for the clinical treatment of these two disorders of endothelial dysfunction.

Keywords: Endothelium, vascular/pp, impotence/et, male, risk factors, pulmonary hypertension/dt, cardiovascular diseases/dt, gene therapy/mt, adult, aging/pa

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Article Details

Year: 2007
Page: [131 - 153]
Pages: 23
DOI: 10.2174/156652307780363161
Price: $58