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A DNA dual lock-and-key strategy for cell-subtype-specific siRNA delivery

17th February, 2017


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Abstract The efficient and precise delivery of siRNA to target cells is critical to successful gene therapy. While novel nanomaterials enhance delivery efficiency, it still remains challenging for precise gene delivery to overcome nonspecific adsorption and off-target effect. Here we design a dual lock-and-key system to perform cell-subtype-specific recognition and siRNA delivery. The siRNA is self-assembled in an oligonucleotide nano vehicle that is modified with a hairpin structure to act as both the ‘smart key’ and the delivery carrier. The auto-cleavable hairpin structure can be activated on site at target cell membrane by reacting with two aptamers as ‘dual locks’ sequentially, which leads to cell-subtype discrimination and precise siRNA delivery for high efficient gene silencing. The success of this strategy demonstrates the precise delivery of siRNA to specific target cells by controlling multiple parameters, thus paving the way for application of RNAi in accurate diagnosis and intervention.

BiotechnologyGene TherapyNanotechnology

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Citation: Ren K., Liu Y., Wu J., Zhang Y., Zhu J.,Yang M. and Ju H. A DNA dual lock-and-key strategy for cell-subtype-specific siRNA delivery. Nat. Commun. (2016);7:13580