Orestis Argyros

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An ideal gene therapy vector should enable persistent transgene expression without limitations of safety and reproducibility. Here we report the development of a non-viral episomal plasmid DNA (pDNA) vector that appears to fulfil these criteria. This pDNA vector combines a scaffold/matrix attachment region (S/MAR) with a human liver-specific promoter(More)
We have previously described the development of a scaffold/matrix attachment region (S/MAR) episomal vector system for in vivo application and demonstrated its utility to sustain transgene expression in the mouse liver for at least 6 months following a single administration. Subsequently, we observed that transgene expression is sustained for the lifetime(More)
DNA vectors have the potential to become powerful medical tools for treatment of human disease. The human body has, however, developed a range of defensive strategies to detect and silence foreign or misplaced DNA, which is more typically encountered during infection or chromosomal damage. A clinically relevant human gene therapy vector must overcome or(More)
BACKGROUND The episomal replication of the prototype vector pEPI-1 depends on a transcription unit starting from the constitutively expressed Cytomegalovirus immediate early promoter (CMV-IEP) and directed into a 2000 bp long matrix attachment region sequence (MARS) derived from the human beta-interferon gene. The original pEPI-1 vector contains two(More)
Nonviral gene therapy continues to require novel synthetic vectors to deliver therapeutic nucleic acids effectively and safely. The majority of synthetic nonviral vectors employed in clinical trials to date have been cationic liposomes; however, cationic polymers are attracting increasing attention. One of the few cationic polymers to enter clinical trials(More)
INTRODUCTION The early potential of gene therapy is slowly becoming realized following the recent treatment of patients with severe combined immunodeficiency and ocular diseases. However at present the field of gene therapy is tempered by the toxicity issues, mainly that of the integrated retroviral vector used in most trials which led to oncogenesis in(More)
The development of genetically marked animal tumour xenografts is an area of ongoing research to enable easier and more reliable testing of cancer therapies. Genetically marked tumour models have a number of advantages over conventional tumour models, including the easy longitudinal monitoring of therapies and the reduced number of animals needed for(More)
OBJECTIVE A series of novel 2,4-diaminosubstituted pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidines was synthesized together with their corresponding 7-phenyl or 7-isopropyl counterparts. RESULTS Among the target derivatives, the 7-substituted analogues exhibited interesting cytotoxic activity against a panel of PI3Kα related human breast cancer cell lines, namely MCF7, T47D,(More)
Breast cancer (BrCa) remains an unmet medical need despite the revolutionary development of antibody treatments and protein kinase inhibitors. In the current study, a series of novel substituted pyridopyrazine derivatives have been rationally designed and evaluated as multi-kinase inhibitors in the PI3K pathway. The target compounds were prepared from(More)
Gemcitabine is a clinically established anticancer agent potent in various solid tumors but limited by its rapid metabolic inactivation and off-target toxicity. We have previously generated a metabolically superior to gemcitabine molecule (GSG) by conjugating gemcitabine to a gonadotropin releasing hormone receptor (GnRH-R) ligand peptide and showed that(More)