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Inhibition of HIV type 1 RNA dimerization by antisense DNA corresponding to the 17-nucleotide sequence downstream from the splice donor site of HIV type 1 RNA.


AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 1997 Jul 1;13(10):865-73. Unique Identifier :

HIV-1 RNA dimerization involves at least two key regions, one located upstream from the splice donor (SD) site, and the other located downstream from the SD site. To determine the precise location and the mechanism of action of the downstream region, we constructed a model system using a synthetic HIV-1 RNA fragment HXB2, 455-1146), which dimerized at relatively low salt concentrations (100 mM KCl, 1 mM MgCl2). We tested in this system antisense DNAs that are complementary to both the upstream and downstream regions of HIV-1 RNA for their possible inhibitory effects on dimerization. Antisense DNAs complementary to nucleotides 773-789 located downstream from the SD site effectively inhibited dimerization of HIV-1 RNA. These inhibitory antisense DNAs hybridized with the dimer form of HIV-1 RNA, and dissociated the dimer into monomers. However, antisense DNAs complementary to the region upstream from the SD site did not hybridize with the dimer, although they inhibited RNA dimerization and also dissociated the preformed dimer.



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