Antisense technology was developed to inhibit gene expression by utilizing an oligonucleotide complementary to the mRNA which encodes the target gene. There are a few possible mechanisms for the inhibitory effects of antisense oligonucleotides. Among them, degradation of mRNA by RNase H is considered to be the major mechanism of action for antisense oligonucleotides. This technique was originally used to elucidate the function of a target gene, but may also have therapeutic applications, provided it is designed carefully and properly.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 13 1998|
- Antisense oligonucleotides
- Gene therapy
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