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Sci. STKE, 28 October 2003
Vol. 2003, Issue 206, p. pe47
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2003.206.pe47]


Therapeutic Potential of Antisense Nucleic Acid Molecules

Joanna B. Opalinska1* and Alan M. Gewirtz2*

1Department of Hematology, Pommeranian Medical Academy, ul. Unii Lubelskiej 1, 71245 Szczecin, Poland.
2Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Room 713 BRB II/III, 421 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

Abstract: Elucidation of many disease-related signal transduction and gene expression pathways has provided unparalleled opportunities for the development of targeted therapeutics. The types of molecules in development are increasingly varied and include small-molecule enzyme inhibitors, humanized antibodies to cell surface receptors, and antisense nucleic acids for silencing the expression of specific genes. This Perspective reviews the basis for various antisense strategies for modulating gene expression, including RNA interference, and discusses the prospects for their clinical use.

*Corresponding authors. E-mail: jopal{at}; gewirtz{at}

Citation: J. B. Opalinska, A. M. Gewirtz, Therapeutic Potential of Antisense Nucleic Acid Molecules. Sci. STKE 2003, pe47 (2003).

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