Nucleic Acid-Based Therapeutics for Glioblastoma

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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry

Formerly: Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents

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Nucleic Acid-Based Therapeutics for Glioblastoma

Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 11(8): 693-699.

Author(s): Alexei Shir, Alexander Levitzki, Ernst Wagner, Shoshana Klein and Manfred Ogris.

Affiliation: Unit of Cellular Signaling, Department of Biological Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel.


Nucleic acid based therapeutics offer the possibility of tailor-made treatment of malignant diseases. For recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive type of brain tumor, no accepted treatment exists, making therapeutically active nucleic acids a viable option. In this review, current preclinical and clinical studies harnessing the potential of antitumoral nucleic acids for GBM treatment will be considered. These include gene therapy to over-express antitumoral gene products, RNA interference to knock down components that promote tumor progression, and the tumor-targeted delivery of antitumoral double stranded RNA. Vectors applied in GBM for the delivery of nucleic acids will be discussed. These include non-replicating and replicating (oncolytic) viruses, as well as non-viral delivery vectors based on polycations or cationic lipids.


Gene therapy, oncolytic virotherapy, poly IC, polyplexes, RNAi, Antisense RNA, RNA Interference, RNA polymerase, helicases, Oncolytic Viruses.

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Article Details

Volume: 11
Issue Number: 8
First Page: 693
Last Page: 699
Page Count: 7
DOI: 10.2174/187152011797378599
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