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Aptamers as Viral Replication Antagonists

Aptamers as Viral Replication Antagonists

Nicola J. Stonehouse

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences and Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom

E-mail: n.j.stonehouse@leeds.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Aptamers are nucleic acids, selected in vitro to specifically bind target molecules. They can therefore be useful as molecular tools and also as novel therapeutic agents. This commentary describes RNA aptamers selected to bind to the RNA-dependent-RNA polymerase of foot-and-mouth disease virus. The aptamers are able to inhibit the function of the enzyme both in vitro and in the context of a sub-genomic replicon and highlight the future potential of this technology in many aspects of virus research as well as in diagnostics and therapeutics.

 

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Aptamers and Synthetic Antibodies

June

Vol.2, Iss.1, Page 1-35

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