Platination of the siRNA sense-strand modulates both efficacy and selectivity in vitro

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The use of short interfering RNAs (siRNA) for selective suppression of protein production has rapidly become a commonly used technique for transient modulation of protein levels. In the present paper, we investigate whether introduction of platinated bases in the sense strand can be used to modulate the efficacy of siRNAs. Four different siRNAs were studied, all targeting the initial AU-rich 3' UTR of Wnt-5a mRNA. The siRNAs were characterized with respect to melting properties and translational inhibitory effect in vitro using luciferase as a reporter gene. The translation inhibition studies reveal that all platinated siRNA remain efficient. For an siRNA with partial complementarity to the lucifierase gene, platination was shown to reduce the off-target effects. All siRNAs were found to be active in cellular in vitro translation systems, reaching suppression levels well above 80% for the majority of siRNAs investigated. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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Sidor (från-till)14-19
TidskriftBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
StatusPublished - 2007
Peer review utfördJa