Cellular delivery is a major obstacle for oligodeoxynucleotide inhibition of telomerase activity

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  • Background: The ribonucleoprotein enzyme, telomerase, uses RNA as a template to add a hexanucleotide to ends of replicating chromosomes resulting in stabilization of the telomere. Telomerase activity is observe in over 85% of human primary malignancies, suggesting that it may be a new marker of cancer and raising the possibility that antitelomerase therapy may provide a new generation of cancer therapeutics. Materials and Methods: In this study, we evaluated phosphorothioate (PS) oligonucleotide (ODNs) inhibition of telomerase activity in intact cells and cell lysates in the SKnSH (neuroblastoma) cell line. Results: The ODNs were effective at inhibiting telomerase activity in cell lysate but demonstrated little effect when intact cells were used. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that cellular transport may be a limiting factor with therapeutic approaches using antisense ODNs.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Duncan VE; Ajmani PS; Hughes JA
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  • 4105
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  • 4108
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 6 A