In vivo gene silencing in Plasmodium berghei - a Mouse Malaria Model

Mohmmed, Asif ; Dasaradhi, Palakodeti V. N. ; Bhatnagar, Raj K. ; Chauhan, Virander S. ; Malhotra, Pawan (2003) In vivo gene silencing in Plasmodium berghei - a Mouse Malaria Model Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 309 (3). pp. 506-511. ISSN 0006-291X

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RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a specific and efficient tool to silence gene expression in a variety of organisms and cell lines. An important prospect for RNAi technology is its possible application in the treatment of diseases using short interfering RNAs (siRNAs). However, the effect of siRNAs in adult animals and their potential to treat or prevent diseases are yet to be fully investigated. The main goal of the present study is to find out whether it was possible to carry out RNAi on circulating malaria parasite in vivo. To trigger RNAi in mouse malaria parasite, we used siRNAs corresponding to cysteine protease genes of Plasmodium berghei (berghepain-1 & 2). Intravenous injections of berghepains' siRNAs in infected animal resulted in characteristic enlargement of food vacuole in circulating parasites. Protein analysis of these treated parasites showed substantial accumulation of hemoglobin, which is reminiscent of the effect observed upon treating Plasmodium falciparum with different cysteine protease inhibitors. Parasites treated with berghepain 1 & 2 siRNAs showed marked reduction in the levels of their cognate mRNAs, thereby suggesting specific inhibition of berghepains' gene expression in vivo. We also observed the generation of ~25 nt RNA species from berghepains' mRNAs in the treated parasites, which is a characteristic of an RNAi phenomenon. These results thus provide evidence that beyond its value for validation of gene functions, RNAi may provide a new approach for disease therapy.

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Keywords:Plasmodium berghei; RNAi; siRNA; Cysteine Protease; Berghepain
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