Lentiviral vectors: excellent tools for experimental gene transfer and promising candidates for gene therapy

J Gene Med. Sep-Oct 2000;2(5):308-16. doi: 10.1002/1521-2254(200009/10)2:5<308::AID-JGM131>3.0.CO;2-3.


Lentiviral vectors are tools for gene transfer derived from lentiviruses. From their first application to now they have been strongly developed in design, in biosafety and in their ability of transgene expression into target cells. Primate and non-primate derived lentiviral vectors are now available and with both types of systems a lot of studies tuned to improve their performances in a large number of tissues are ongoing. Here we review the state of the art of lentiviral vector systems discussing their potential for gene therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Transfer Techniques* / adverse effects
  • Gene Transfer Techniques* / trends
  • Genetic Therapy / adverse effects
  • Genetic Therapy / methods*
  • Genetic Therapy / trends
  • Genetic Vectors*
  • HIV-1 / genetics
  • Humans
  • Lentivirus / genetics*
  • Safety