Special Issue "Gene Therapy for Retroviral Infections"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)
The main focus of this special issue is to review and present recent gene therapy research relevant to retroviral infections. Current highly active antiviral retroviral therapy (HAART) effectively suppresses HIV viral load to undetectable levels. However, HAART does not cure HIV infection. HIV persists in various cellular reservoirs under HAART and if therapy is ceased, viral loads rapidly rebound. Therefore, stable control of HIV infection without continuous treatment remains a long-term goal of HIV therapy. Because of the recent HIV cure achieved in one patient with D32/D32 homozygous CCR5 deficient bone marrow transplants, there has been emerging interest in developing novel HIV cure strategies. Gene therapy to genetically protect stem cells and/or their progenies from HIV infection may provide life-long protection by a single or a few treatments. We expect that this special issue will facilitate awareness of gene therapy research for the development of novel therapeutic strategies for HIV infection.
Prof. Dr. Irvin Chen
Prof. Dr. Dong Sung An
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