Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy type 1 (FAP) is an autosomal-dominantly inherited disorder with systemic deposition of a variant transthyretin (TTR). We attempted to suppress TTR production by ribozyme degradation of TTR mRNA. Hammerhead and hairpin ribozymes cleaved TTR mRNA at specific individual sites in vitro. A ribozyme targeting a variant TTR (E61K) degraded the variant mRNA, but not a wild-type mRNA. These ribozymes also reduced the amounts of TTR mRNA and protein in HepG2 cells and COS-1 cells transfected with TTR-E61K cDNA. Ribozymes might be studied further as a potential treatment for FAP.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology