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Molecules 2010, 15(7), 4757-4772;

Inhibition of HIV-1 Replication and Dimerization Interference by Dual Inhibitory RNAs

Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina “López-Neyra”, CSIC, P.T. Ciencias de la Salud, Av. del Conocimiento s/n, Armilla, 18100 Granada, Spain
Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis, Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC. Américo Vespucio s/n, Isla de la Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
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Received: 31 May 2010 / Revised: 28 June 2010 / Accepted: 1 July 2010 / Published: 7 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Nucleic Acids)
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The 5’-untranslated region (5’UTR) of the HIV-1 RNA is an attractive target for engineered ribozymes due to its high sequence and structural conservation. This region encodes several conserved structural RNA domains essential in key processes of the viral replication and infection cycles. This paper reports the inhibitory effects of catalytic antisense RNAs composed of two inhibitory RNA domains: an engineered ribozyme targeting the 5’ UTR and a decoy or antisense domain of the dimerization initiation site (DIS). These chimeric molecules are able to cleave the HIV-1 5’UTR efficiently and prevent viral genome dimerization in vitro. Furthermore, catalytic antisense RNAs inhibited viral production up to 90% measured as p24 antigen levels in ex vivo assays. The use of chimeric RNA molecules targeting different domains represents an attractive antiviral strategy to be explored for the prevention of side effects from current drugs and of the rapid emergence of escape variants of HIV-1. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ribozymes; antisense RNAs; HIV-1 RNA dimerization; anti-HIV RNAs Ribozymes; antisense RNAs; HIV-1 RNA dimerization; anti-HIV RNAs

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Sánchez-Luque, F.J.; Reyes-Darias, J.A.; Puerta-Fernández, E.; Berzal-Herranz, A. Inhibition of HIV-1 Replication and Dimerization Interference by Dual Inhibitory RNAs. Molecules 2010, 15, 4757-4772.

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