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  • Publication : 19 03 2019
  • Catégorie :La recherche médicale et génétique

Rewriting the (tran)script: Application to spinal muscular atrophy.    

Abstract
Targeting RNA drastically expands our target space to therapeutically modulate numerous cellular processes implicated in human diseases. Of particular interest, drugging pre-mRNA splicing appears a very viable strategy; to control levels of splicing product by promoting the inclusion or exclusion of exons. After describing the concept of "splicing modulation", this chapter will cover the outstanding progress achieved in this field, by highlighting the breakthrough accomplished recently for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy using two therapeutic modalities: splice switching oligonucleotides and small molecules. This review discusses the vital but feasible requirement for such drugs to deliver selectivity, and critical safety aspects are highlighted. Transformational medicines such as those developed to treat SMA are likely just the beginning of this story.

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