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Patent
Gradalis, Inc. | Date: 2014-06-27

The present invention relates to certain novel shRNA molecules and methods of use thereof. According to certain embodiments of the present invention, methods for reducing the expression level of a target gene are provided. Such methods generally comprise providing a cell with one or more precursor nucleic acid sequences that encode two or more RNA molecules. A first RNA molecule comprises a double stranded sequence, which includes a guide strand sequence that is complementary to a portion of an mRNA transcript encoded by the target gene. In addition, a second RNA molecule comprises a second double stranded sequence, which includes a second guide strand sequence that is partially complementary to a portion of the mRNA transcript encoded by the target gene. Preferably, the second guide strand sequence comprises one or more bases that are mismatched with a nucleic acid sequence of the mRNA transcript encoded by the target gene.


Patent
Gradalis, Inc. | Date: 2015-09-03

Compositions and methods to attenuate the immunosuppressive activity of TGF- through the use of bi-functional shRNAs is described herein. The bi-functional shRNAs of the present invention knocks down the expression of furin in cancer cells to augment tumor antigen expression, presentation, and processing through expression of the GM-CSF transgene.


Patent
Gradalis, Inc. | Date: 2014-06-27

The present invention relates to certain novel shRNA molecules and methods of use thereof. According to certain embodiments of the present invention, methods for reducing the expression level of a target gene are provided. Such methods generally comprise providing a cell with one or more precursor nucleic acid sequences that encode two or more RNA molecules. A first RNA molecule comprises a double stranded sequence, which includes a guide strand sequence that is complementary to a portion of an mRNA transcript encoded by the target gene. In addition, a second RNA molecule comprises a second double stranded sequence, which includes a second guide strand sequence that is partially complementary to a portion of the mRNA transcript encoded by the target gene. Preferably, the second guide strand sequence comprises one or more bases that are mismatched with a nucleic acid sequence of the mRNA transcript encoded by the target gene.


Patent
Baylor College of Medicine and Gradalis, Inc. | Date: 2013-06-13

The present invention includes compositions and methods treating triple negative breast cancer comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a formulation that includes vector that expresses an SRC-1-specific bifunctional shRNA, an SRC-3-specific bifunctional shRNA, or both, to impair triple negative breast cancer cell growth.


The present invention includes compositions and methods for making and using a bifunctional shRNAs capable of reducing an expression of a K-ras gene, e.g., a mutated K-ras gene, wherein at least one target site sequence of the bifunctional RNA molecule is located within the K-ras gene and wherein the bifunctional RNA molecule is capable of activating a cleavage-dependent and a cleavage-independent RNA-induced silencing complex for reducing the expression level of K-ras.

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