Dr. Michael Chapman and team discover "transporter" protein

Protein could enhance targeting and efficiency of gene therapies

January 27, 2016

Dr. Michael ChapmanMichael Chapman, Ph.D., professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology, OHSU School of Medicine, and a team of researchers from both OHSU and Stanford University have discovered a cell protein that can act as a "doorway" from the cell's outer wall to the interior. The discovery sets the stage for enhanced and more targeted gene therapies.

"What we've really done is removed a roadblock that's been around for 20 years," Chapman said. "That, in turn, should help the multitude of groups working on gene therapy make real progress. It's really a fundamental step in the science."

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