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New siRNA Sequences & Methods for Treating Huntington Disease

The use of specific sequences and a structural hairpin have been demonstrated to modulate expression of the Huntington Disease protein in vitro & in vivo.
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General: in vitro

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Researchers at the University of Iowa have identified new sequences for their siRNA-based method to potentially treat Huntington Disease. The invention consists of four new short sequences specific for unique regions of the Huntingtin mRNA. These sequences have been shown to knock down expression of their target genes at the mRNA and protein levels both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, studies in mouse brain have clearly shown that treatment results in an elimination of the accumulation of Huntington Disease protein inclusions in brain sections. Researchers have also demonstrated that the inclusion of a structural hairpin and overhang regions on the siRNA construct clearly increase their inhibitory activity.

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Catherine Koh

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