Interfering nanoparticles for silencing microRNAs.

Program for RNA Biology, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA.
Methods in enzymology (Impact Factor: 2.19). 01/2012; 509:339-53. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-391858-1.00017-4
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ABSTRACT MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are single-stranded noncoding RNAs ∼21-nucleotide (nt) in length and regulate gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. miRNAs are involved in almost every area of biology, including developmental processes, disease pathogenesis, and host-pathogen interactions. Dysregulation of miRNAs in various disease states makes them potential targets for therapeutic intervention. Specific miRNAs can be silenced by anti-microRNAs (anti-miRs) that are chemically modified antisense oligonucleotides complementary to mature miRNA sequences. In vivo delivery of anti-miRs is the main barrier in achieving efficient silencing of target miRNAs. A new systemic delivery agent, interfering nanoparticles (iNOPs), was designed and prepared from lipid-functionalized poly-L-lysine dendrimer. iNOPs can efficiently deliver small RNAs, including short interfering RNAs, miRNA mimics, and anti-miRs. Systemic delivery of a chemically stabilized anti-miR-122 by iNOPs effectively silences miR-122 in mouse liver. Intravenous administration of 2 mg/kg anti-miR-122 complexed with iNOP-7 results in 83% specific silencing of target miRNA. The specific silencing of miR-122 by iNOP-7 is long lasting and does not induce an immune response.

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