24 March 2018
Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(8):957-964. doi:10.7150/ijms.5632
Inhibition of HCV 5′-NTR and Core Expression by a Small Hairpin RNA Delivered by a Histone Gene Carrier, HPhA
1. Phase I Clinical Trial Unit, First Hospital, Jilin University, Changchun 130021, China;
siRNA (small interfering RNA) interference represents an exciting new technology that could have therapeutic applications for the treatment of viral infections. However, a major challenge in the use of siRNA as a therapeutic agent is the development of a suitable delivery system. We demonstrated that a new non-viral transgene carrier, recombinant archaeal histone from the hyperthermophile Pyrococcus horikoshii OT3 (HPhA), can transfect short hairpin RNA (shRNA) expressing plasmids into HL-7702 cells to inhibit the expression of HCV 5'NTR and Core protein and mRNA. Plasmids Psilencirle transfected by HPhA inhibited the expression of HCV 5'-NTR and Core protein and mRNA in HL-7702 cells. The transfection efficiency of HPhA in HL-7702 cells was not affected by 10% fetal calf serum (FCS). HPhA exhibited effects of transfection without apparent toxicity, and with high affinity for DNA. This suggests that HPhA may be useful for RNAi-based gene therapy in vivo.
Keywords: RNA interference, hepatitis C virus, small hairpin RNA, gene therapy, HPhA
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Ding Y, Zhang H, Li Y, Wu D, He S, Wang Y, Li Y, Wang F, Niu J. Inhibition of HCV 5′-NTR and Core Expression by a Small Hairpin RNA Delivered by a Histone Gene Carrier, HPhA. Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(8):957-964. doi:10.7150/ijms.5632. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v10p0957.htm