RNA repair for haemophilia A
The mainstay of gene transfer studies is the use of wild-type cDNAs to effect phenotypic correction of diseases. However, this strategy is not feasible for genetic diseases caused either by mutations of large genes or by dominant-negative mutations, or where the regulation of the gene is critical. In this review, we will discuss a novel RNA reprogramming strategy – spliceosome-mediated RNA trans-splicing – where the pre-messenger RNA is modified by the splicing of two independent RNA species. The use of trans-splicing to effect phenotypic change in the hereditary bleeding disorder haemophilia A will be discussed.(Published Online January 10 2006)
Key Words: trans-splicing; spliceosome; gene transfer; haemophilia; AAV; RNA.
c1 Dept of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mt Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave Levy Place, Box 1079, New York, NY 10029, USA. Tel: +1 212 241 3443; Fax: +1 212 241 4096; E-mail: email@example.com