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RNA blocker to combat diseases

posted Oct 9, 2011, 5:52 AM by Vinod Scaria
doi:10.1038/nindia.2010.157; Published online 
[10 November 2010 ]

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RNA blocker to combat diseases

Researchers have found a new way to block the activity of microRNA (miRNA), a tiny type of RNA that suppresses the expression of certain genes and proteins1. This tiny RNA is present in every type of cell, and has been linked to various conditions such as cancer, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease and renal function disorders.

This new method of blocking miRNA may open up new avenues for battling a host of diseases. To disrupt the activity of miRNA, the researchers used modified antagomirzymes, known as DNAzymes.

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