siRNA-directed inhibition of HIV-1 infection

Carl D. Novina, Michael F. Murray, Derek M. Dykxhoorn, Paul J. Beresford, Jonathan Riess, Sang Kyung Lee, Ronald G. Collman, Judy Lieberman, Premlata Shankar, Phillip A. Sharp

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RNA interference silences gene expression through short interfering 21-23-mer double-strand RNA segments that guide mRNA degradation in a sequence-specific fashion. Here we report that siRNAs inhibit virus production by targeting the mRNAs for either the HIV-1 cellular receptor CD4, the viral structural Gag protein or green fluorescence protein substituted for the Nef regulatory protein. siRNAs effectively inhibit pre- and/or post-integration infection events in the HIV-1 life cycle. Thus, siRNAs may have potential for therapeutic intervention in HIV-1 and other viral infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-686
Number of pages6
JournalNature medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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