Protein Transduction: Cell Penetrating Peptides and their Therapeutic Applications

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Cell penetrating proteins or peptides (CPPs) have the ability to cross the plasma membranes of mammalian cells in an apparently energy- and receptor-independent fashion. Although there is much debate over the mechanism by which this a??protein transductiona?? occurs, the ability of CPPs to translocate rapidly into cells is being exploited to deliver a broad range of therapeutics including proteins, DNA, antibodies, oligonucleotides, imaging agents and liposomes in a variety of situations and biological systems. The current review looks at the delivery of many such molecules by various CPPs, and their potential therapeutic application in a wide range of areas. CPP ability to deliver different cargoes in a relatively efficient and non-invasive manner has implications as far reaching as drug delivery, gene transfer, DNA vaccination and beyond. Although many questions remain to be answered and limitations on the use of CPPs exist, it is clear that this emerging technology has much to offer in a clinical setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Medicinal Chemistry (5)
Editors Atta-ur-Rahman, A B Reitz, M I Choudhary
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherBentham Science Publishers
Pages98 - 126
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9781608052080
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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