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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Gene Targeting and Expression Modulation by Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNA)

Author(s): Peter E. Nielsen

Volume 16, Issue 28, 2010

Page: [3118 - 3123] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/138161210793292546

Price: $65


Peptide nucleic acids (PNA) are artificial structural mimics of nucleic acids capable of sequence specific hybridization to both RNA and DNA. Thus they have obvious potential as gene targeting agents for drug discovery approaches. An overview with emphasis on recent progress on RNA “interference” (antisense), targeting of duplex DNA and gene targeted repair and transcription interference using PNA, as well as on PNA delivery and potential PNA anti-infectives is given.

Keywords: Gene targeting, antisense, PNA, delivery, transcription

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