MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL -- University of Minnesota researchers have demonstrated that it may be possible to treat hemophilia A through the use of human blood outgrowth endothelial cells, or BOECs, as a vehicle for gene therapy. Lead researcher Robert Hebbel, M.D., the George Clark Professor and vice chair for research, department of medicine, reports that the use of BOECs has "resulted in sustained and therapeutic levels of factor 8 (FVIII) in mice and may comprise an effective therapeutic strategy for use in gene therapy for humans with hemophilia A." The results of this gene therapy, published in the January 15 issue of Blood, may pave the way for testing the therapy in humans.
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