siRNA in vivo??
Posted 01 December 2004 - 02:05 AM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 07:12 PM
Posted 06 December 2004 - 02:55 PM
I too am interested in targeting the brain, however I think this will be very difficult. Please anyone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the only way to do this would be to have a promoter that is brain-specific. The problem is that we also need a promoter that will produce functional siRNA (ie a polIII promoter). I do not know of a polIII promoter that is brain specific and I cannot think of another way around this.
Regarding you using rats, I am told that transgenic animals are always mice - though I'm not sure if this is due to a biological reason or an historical one - I'm hoping someone else will know why this is??
Posted 09 December 2004 - 03:43 PM
I take back what I said previously! If you look at the paper by Thakker et al in PNAS, Dec 7 2004 vol 101 (49), they have infused siRNA into the vetricles of the brain and have knocked down genes in the surrounding tissue - it is not targeted evenly throughout the whole brain, but it might work depending on what you're looking at.
Neurochemical and behavioral consequences of widespread gene knockdown in the adult mouse brain by using nonviral RNA interference.
Posted 11 December 2004 - 02:17 PM
Raul, on Dec 1 2004, 03:05 AM, said:
Please have a look on this article :
siRNA-mediated gene silencing in vitro and in vivo
Haibin Xia, Qinwen Mao, Henry L Paulson, Beverly L Davidson
SUMMARY: RNA interference is now established as an important biological strategy for gene silencing, but its application to mammalian cells has been limited by nonspecific...
CONTEXT: ...by small interfering RNA (siRNA) is now recognized as a naturally occurring biological strategy for silencing alleles during development in plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. In mammalian cell culture, siRNA-mediated reduction......
Nature Biotechnology20, 1006 - 1010 (01 Oct 2002) Research
Posted 31 January 2005 - 06:03 AM
you're right siRNA have been used in vivo.
You can read the papers from emily berstein and also a good recent paper which tells about the clearance of hepatitis virus (i don't remember at time the title).
You can try. Tell me please if you succeed.