Blood Cell Biochemistry

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Author: Leslie J. Fairbairn
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461548896
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Blood Cell Biochemistry by Leslie J. Fairbairn

Original Title: Blood Cell Biochemistry

Since the first concepts of gene therapy were formulated, the hemopoietic system has been considered the most natural first target tissue for genetic manipulation. The reasons for this include the fact that a very large number of inherited disorders (including some of the most common disorders, such as the hemoglobinopathies) are disorders of the hemopoietic system, and the large amount of experience in hematopoietic transplantation biology. The consequence of this resulted in the first clinical trial of gene therapy in 1989, where two children suffering from severe combined immune deficiency (ADA-SCID) were transplanted with T-cells express ing adenosine deaminase (the defective enzyme in patients with this disorder). The partial success of this treatment was perhaps responsible for undue optimism among those proposing other gene therapy treatments within the hematopoietic system, and it has since become clear that there are a number of technical and biological difficulties to overcome before hematopoietic gene therapy becomes a mainstream therapeutic strategy. The chapters in this book evaluate the need for gene therapy in the hematopoietic system, discuss how efficient gene transfer and expression can be achieved in the target cells, highlight areas of difficulty to be addressed, and examine a number of potential applications of the gene therapy approach. The book begins with a chapter by Testa and colleagues, discussing the various sources of hematopoietic cells for both transplantation and gene therapy.

Aspartic Acid Proteases As Therapeutic Targets

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Author: Arun K. Ghosh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527641629
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Aspartic Acid Proteases As Therapeutic Targets by Arun K. Ghosh

Original Title: Aspartic Acid Proteases As Therapeutic Targets

In this ground-breaking practical reference, the family of aspartic acid proteases is described from a drug developer's perspective. The first part provides a general introduction to the family of aspartic acid proteases, their physiological functions, molecular structure and inhibition. Parts two to five present various case studies of successful protease inhibitor drug design and development, as well as current and potential uses of such inhibitors in pharmaceutical medicine, covering the major therapeutic targets HIV-1 protease, renin, beta-secretase, gamma-secretase,plasmepsins and fungal proteases. A ready reference aimed primarily at professionals in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as for anyone studying proteases and their function.

Cellular Proteolytic Systems

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Author: Aaron J. Ciechanover
Publisher: Wiley-Liss
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Cellular Proteolytic Systems by Aaron J. Ciechanover

Original Title: Cellular Proteolytic Systems

Cellular Proteolytic Systems Edited by Aaron J. Ciechanover & Alan L. Schwartz Within cells, regulation of protein degradation, or proteolysis, is critical to dynamic control of protein levels. Cellular Proteolytic Systems is the first book to provide a detailed and comprehensive summary of advances in the biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular genetics, and physiology of the major proteolytic processes. The field of cellular proteolysis is advancing rapidly and has great potential impact in a variety of research and clinical areas, including AIDS and cancer research and treatment. The editors, pioneers in the field of cellular and protein research, describe our current understanding of the three major cellular proteolytic systems: the ubiquitin system, the lysosomal and vacuolar systems, and physiological and pathophysiological cellular proteolysis. Individual chapters cover topics from the molecular genetics of the ubiquitin system to regulation of autophagy to antigen processing and presentation. Cellular Proteolytic Systems will provide an excellent foundation in the biological basis of protein turnover for cellular, developmental, and molecular biologists.

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