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Boeckman Jr. R.K.,University of Rochester | Miller Y.,University of Rochester | Savage D.,University of Rochester | Summerton J.E.,Gene Tools LLC
Tetrahedron Letters | Year: 2011

Possible specific and effective acid-targeted cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, a camphor derived bis-N-oxide dimer was synthesized in 12-steps from commercially available (+)-camphoric acid and seven-steps from a common intermediate, a camphor derived primary amine. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Lagendijk A.K.,Hubrecht Institute KNAW | Lagendijk A.K.,University Utrecht | Moulton J.D.,Gene Tools LLC | Bakkers J.,Hubrecht Institute KNAW | And 2 more authors.
Biology Open | Year: 2012

Non-coding microRNA (miRNA) molecules bind their target mRNAs and thereby modulate the amount of protein produced. To understand the significance of a potential miRNA-mRNA interaction, temporal and spatial information on miRNA andmRNA expression is essential. Here, we provide a detailed protocol for miRNA whole mount in situ hybridization. We introduce the use of Morpholino based oligos as antisense probes for miRNA detection, in addition to the current "gold standard" locked nucleic acid (LNA) probes. Furthermore we have modified existing miRNA in situ protocols thereby improving both sensitivity and resolution of miRNA visualization in whole zebrafish embryos and adult tissues. © 2012 Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.


Moulton H.M.,Oregon State University | Moulton J.D.,Gene Tools LLC
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes | Year: 2010

Exon-skipping efficacies of phosphodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PMOs) or the conjugates of PMOs with cell-penetrating peptides (PPMOs) have been tested in various animal models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), including mdx mice, utrophin-dystrophin double-knockout mice, and CXMD dogs, as well as in DMD patients in clinical trials. The studies have shown that PMOs can diffuse into leaky muscle cells, modify splicing of DMD transcripts, induce expression of partially functional dystrophin, and improve function of some skeletal muscles. PMOs are non-toxic, with a report of mdx mice tolerating a 3 g/kg dose, and no drug-related safety issue in human has been reported. However, because of their poor cell uptake and rapid renal clearance, large and frequently repeated doses of PMOs are likely required for functional benefit in some skeletal muscles of DMD patients. In addition, PMOs do not enter cardiomyocytes sufficiently to relieve heart pathology, the efficacy of delivery to various muscles varies greatly, and delivery across the tissue of each skeletal muscle tissue is patchy. PPMOs enter cells at far lower doses, enter cardiomyocytes in useful quantities, and deliver more evenly to myocytes both when different muscles are compared and when assessed at the level of single muscle tissue sections. Compared to PMOs, far lower doses of PPMOs can restore dystrophin sufficiently to reduce disease pathology, increase skeletal and cardiac muscle functions, and prolong survival of animals. The biggest challenge for PPMO is determining safe and effective doses. The toxicity of PPMOs will require caution when moving into the clinic. The first PPMO-based DMD drug is currently in preclinical development for DMD patients who can benefit from skipping exon 50. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Widrick J.J.,Harvard University | Jiang S.,Gene Tools LLC | Choi S.J.,Harvard University | Knuth S.T.,Gene Tools LLC | Morcos P.A.,Gene Tools LLC
Muscle and Nerve | Year: 2011

Introduction: Skeletal muscles of mdx mice lack functional levels of dystrophin due to a mutation in Dmd exon 23. Morpholino antisense oligomers can induce expression of a truncated dystrophin by redirecting splicing to skip processing of exon 23. Methods: We tested whether systemic administration of Vivo-Morpholino, an octaguanidine delivery moiety-Morpholino conjugate that targets exon 23 (VMO23), restored function to muscles of mdx mice. Results: Extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles of mdx mice were weaker, less powerful, and showed greater functional deficits after eccentric contractions than normal. VMO23 treatment normalized EDL force and power of mdx mice and eliminated their exaggerated sensitivity to eccentric contractions. Diaphragm muscle strips from mdx mice also produced lower-than-normal force and power, and these variables were restored to normal, or near-normal, levels by VMO23 treatment. Conclusion: These results provide a functional basis for continuing development of VMO23 as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Morpholinos are widely used to block the activity of selected single-stranded genetic sequences. This invention comprises Morpholinos containing one or more integral photolinkers (Photo-Morpholinos) wherein the photolinkers are directly incorporated into the sequence of a Morpholino, where the photolinker has a size and structure which emulates the size and structure of a Morpholino subunit. This integrated photolinker design substantially simplifies and reduces cost of production relative to earlier photocleavable compositions. The invention also comprises use of these Photo-Morpholinos for modulating the expression of any selected gene transcript at any selected time and at any selected site simply by exposure to light. These Photo-Morpholinos afford a new use wherein a gene transcript is rendered inactive by contacting with a Photo-Morpholinoand then later exposure to light cleaves the Photo-Morpholino to inactive fragmentsthereby reactivating that previously inactivated gene transcript.

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