Double VEGF/HGF Gene Therapy in Critical Limb Ischemia Complicated by Diabetes Mellitus | SpringerLink

Work from Polish colleagues Barc and coworkers report promise with a novel gene therapy approach. Critical leg ischemia (CLI) complicated by diabetes mellitus (DM), which is a very common and dangerous disease, represents the ultimate stage of peripheral arterial disease. Patients are treated with antiplatelet drugs, statins and limb revascularization, but a significant number of patients are not candidate for revascularization. Literature shows that in such cases, gene therapy could be a perfect therapeutic option. The aim of our study was to evaluate efficacy of double vascular endothelial growth factor/hepatocyte growth factor (VEGF/HGF) gene therapy in patients with CLI complicated by DM. We observed that 90 days after administration, serum level of VEGF and ankle-brachial index increased significantly (p < 0.001) and rest pain decreased significantly compared with the control group (p < 0.002). Moreover considerable improvement in vascularization was observed in computed tomography angiography (P = 0.04). Based on the results of this study, we suggest that the therapy with pIRES/VEGF165/HGF bicistronic plasmid administration is a safe and effective method of treatment of patients with both CLI and DM.

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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