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Design of a ribozyme targeting human telomerase reverse transcriptase and cloning of it's gene

, : Design of a ribozyme targeting human telomerase reverse transcriptase and cloning of it's gene. World Journal of Gastroenterology 9(1): 104-107

To design a hammerhead ribozyme targeting human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and clone it's gene for future use in the study of tumor gene therapy. Using the software RNA structure, the secondary structure of hTERT mRNA was predicted and the cleavage site of ribozyme was selected. A hammerhead ribozyme targeting this site was designed and bimolecular fold between the ribozyme and hTERT was predicted. The DNA encoding the ribozyme was synthesized and cloned into pGEMEX-1 and the sequence of the ribozyme gene was confirmed by DNA sequencing. Triplet GUC at 1742 of hTERT mRNA was chosen as the cleavage site of the ribozyme. The designed ribozyme was comprised of 22nt catalytic core and 17nt flanking sequence. Computer-aided prediction suggested that the ribozyme and hTERT mRNA could cofold into a proper conformation. Endonuclease restriction and DNA sequencing confirmed the correct insertion of the ribozyme gene into the vector pGEMEX-1. This fundamental work of successful designing and cloning of an anti-hTERT hammerhead ribozyme has paved the way for further study of inhibiting tumor cell growth by cleaving hTERT mRNA with ribozyme.


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