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SiRNA-mediated selective inhibition of mutant keratin mRNAs responsible for the skin disorder pachyonychia congenita

Item Type:Article
Title:SiRNA-mediated selective inhibition of mutant keratin mRNAs responsible for the skin disorder pachyonychia congenita
Creators Name:Hickerson, R.P. and Smith, F.J.D. and McLean, W.H.I. and Landthaler, M. and Leube, R.E. and Kaspar, R.L.
Abstract:RNA interference offers a novel approach for treating genetic disorders including the rare monogenic skin disorder pachyonychia congenita (PC). PC is caused by mutations in keratin 6a (K6a), K6b, K16, and K17 genes, including small deletions and single nucleotide changes. Transfection experiments of a fusion gene consisting of K6a and a yellow fluorescent reporter (YFP) resulted in normal keratin filament formation in transfected cells as assayed by fluorescence microscopy. Similar constructs containing a single nucleotide change (N171K) or a three-nucleotide deletion (N171del) showed keratin aggregate formation. Mutant-specific small inhibitory RNAs (siRNAs) effectively targeted these sites. These studies suggest that siRNAs can discriminate single nucleotide mutations and further suggest that "designer siRNAs" may allow effective treatment of a host of genetic disorders including PC.
Keywords:siRNA, Keratin Disorders, Pachyonychia Congenita
Source:Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN:0077-8923
Publisher:New York Academy of Sciences
Volume:1082
Page Range:56-61
Date:October 2006
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1348.059
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