Ribozyme like analogues of oligoribonucleotides
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Chris Alen Buhr

Company Information

Gilead Sciences Inc (AKA: NeXstar)

333 Lakeside Drive
Foster City, CA 94404
   (650) 574-3000
Location: Single
Congr. District: 14
County: San Mateo

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Contract Number: 1R43AI028635-01
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This project will investigate and develop new RNA affinity cleavage reagents for commercial use in humans as antiviral (including anti-HIV) and anticancer agents. The reagents are intended to employ the catalytic endonuclease activity of certain oligonucleotide ribozymes. The research will emphasize chemical modification of oligonucleotides at the 2'-position and/or the phosphate internucleotide linkage to increase the oligonucleotides' cell permeability and their resistance to degradation by nucleases. In addition, increasing the catalytic activity will be attempted by optimizing metal ion binding and by increasing the acidity of protons required for general acid catalysis. This will be investigated via modification of the heterocyclic bases. Interesting applications include targeting sites in the c-myc oncogene, as well as 25 potential sites in HIV. A variety of test systems including known in vitro ribozyme assays, an in vitro CAT assay, and cell-culture assays employing CAT and c-myc will be used to evaluate the new reagents. The long-term goal is to test and develop the reagents for use as anticancer and antiviral pharmaceuticals. This approach offers the potential to systematically develop therapeutics by selectively targeting RNA sequences.

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New classes of chemical entities resulting from this research may be useful as therapeutics against several viral diseases, certain forms of cancer, and several other diseases that are now being characterized at the level of molecular genetics.National Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases

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