Silence Therapeutics: Single-particle RNA based approach to ‘in vivo’ CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing

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Using its proprietary liver targeted lipid nanoparticle (LNP) to deliver the CRISPR/Cas9 components, Silence Therapeutics has confirmed the potential of its delivery platform for in vivo gene editing.

The company will present in vivo CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing data at the EuroTIDES 2016 meeting in Berlin, Germany.

Confirmed the potential of its delivery platform for in vivo gene editing.

The potential of its delivery platform was confirmed in sustained down-regulation of two independent secreted liver gene products in blood serum was observed for over 200 days.

Also, in serum levels of TTR protein were reduced by approximately 70%, as well as in the cross-controlled experimental cohort, serum levels of PCSK9 protein were reduced by approximately 55%.

Furthermore, it was confirmed in target levels in the groups treated with a guide RNA (gRNA) directed to a different gene were comparable to those of untreated animals.

Ali Mortazavi, Chief Executive Officer of Silence Therapeutics, commented:

“As in RNA interference, efficient payload delivery is critical in gene editing. We have leveraged our experience in RNA delivery systems to demonstrate that our LNP can be used for CRISPR/Cas9 applications. The pre-clinical biological activity that we have observed supports future in vivo clinical applications in the gene editing space, which was initially thought to be limited to ex vivo interventions. We have shown that our LNPs are suitable for the delivery of large cargos such as RNA CRISPR/Cas9 components, and we are discussing collaborations in this area with potential partners.”

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