Crossing the blood-brain barrier : siRNA treatment for prion diseases
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Protein misfolding diseases such as prion diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease, are fatal neurodegenerative diseases caused by a misfolded protein. There are no known therapeutics that extend survival times of afflicted individuals with these diseases. An attractive therapeutic option for protein misfolding disorder is RNA interference, which uses either short hairpin RNA or small interfering RNA (siRNA) to target a specific mRNA for degradation that results in a reduction of protein levels. The reduction of a target mRNA/protein can result in a decrease of misfolded protein ...