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Study shows potential of CEP290 minigenes as therapeutics for childhood blindness disorder

Date Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hemant Khanna, PhD and colleagues have published a study in the journal Human Gene Therapy (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/hum.2017.049) describing the use of minigenes as a therapeutic strategy for CEP290-associated Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).

This strategy bypasses the roadblock posed by the large size of the full CEP290 gene, which is not compatible with the clinically approved adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector-mediated gene delivery. https://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2017/08/hemant-khanna-exploring-innovative-gene-therapy-for-severe-inherited-eye-disorder/

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