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In vivo silencing of alpha-synuclein using naked siRNA

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Neurodegeneration, January 2008
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In vivo silencing of alpha-synuclein using naked siRNA
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Molecular Neurodegeneration, January 2008
DOI 10.1186/1750-1326-3-19
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Jada Lewis, Heather Melrose, David Bumcrot, Andrew Hope, Cynthia Zehr, Sarah Lincoln, Adam Braithwaite, Zhen He, Sina Ogholikhan, Kelly Hinkle, Caroline Kent, Ivanka Toudjarska, Klaus Charisse, Ravi Braich, Rajendra K Pandey, Michael Heckman, Demetrius M Maraganore, Julia Crook, Matthew J Farrer


Overexpression of alpha-synuclein (SNCA) in families with multiplication mutations causes parkinsonism and subsequent dementia, characterized by diffuse Lewy Body disease post-mortem. Genetic variability in SNCA contributes to risk of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), possibly as a result of overexpression. SNCA downregulation is therefore a valid therapeutic target for PD. We have identified human and murine-specific siRNA molecules which reduce SNCA in vitro. As a proof of concept, we demonstrate that direct infusion of chemically modified (naked), murine-specific siRNA into the hippocampus significantly reduces SNCA levels. Reduction of SNCA in the hippocampus and cortex persists for a minimum of 1 week post-infusion with recovery nearing control levels by 3 weeks post-infusion. We have developed naked gene-specific siRNAs that silence expression of SNCA in vivo. This approach may prove beneficial toward our understanding of the endogenous functional equilibrium of SNCA, its role in disease, and eventually as a therapeutic strategy for alpha-synucleinopathies resulting from SNCA overexpression.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
Unknown 119 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 18%
Student > Master 19 16%
Researcher 19 16%
Student > Bachelor 14 12%
Professor > Associate Professor 7 6%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 21 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 35 29%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 17%
Neuroscience 16 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 7%
Engineering 4 3%
Other 12 10%
Unknown 25 21%

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