Tanudji M.,Johnson and Johnson Research |
MacHalek D.,Johnson and Johnson Research |
Arndt G.M.,Johnson and Johnson Research |
Arndt G.M.,Childrens Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research |
Rivory L.,Johnson and Johnson Research
Oligonucleotides | Year: 2010
Cotransfection of a mixture of siRNAs species is typically used when simultaneous targeting of more than one mRNA is required. However, competition between siRNAs could occur and reduce the activity of some siRNAs within the mixture. To further study the factors affecting the degree of competition between siRNAs, we cotransfected luciferase targeting siRNAs with various irrelevant (ie, nonluciferase targeting) siRNAs into cells and examined differences in their competition profiles by assessing the effect on luciferase expression. We show that the degree of competition varies between irrelevant siRNAs and occurs at the point of RISC loading. Although the competition profile appears to be related to the calculated RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) loading potential, empirical testing is required to confirm the competitive effects. We also observed reduced competition with siRNAs in the Dicer-substrate format, presumably due to more efficient RISC loading as a consequence of the physical transfer of the processed siRNA from Dicer. © 2009 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.