An aptamer/ siRNA Chimera against The SARS-CoV-2: A Dual Therapeutic Strategy for The Virus Neutralizing and RNA Interfering

Javad KhanaliJafar Kiani


During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, besides the vaccines, there is an urgent need for the development of effective therapeutics. Although significant efforts have been made to develop such therapies, there are currently no approved treatments for COVID-19. One of the potential therapeutic targets is the spike (S) protein of SARS-CoV-2, which mediates viral entry into host cells. It has been shown that targeting S protein could neutralize viruses and hinder their binding to the cells. Among known viral neutralizing agents, aptamers’ potential in neutralizing the SARS-Cov-2 virus has not yet been revealed. In addition, aptamers could also be used for targeted delivery of drugs and other genetic elements, such as siRNAs, to the cells. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are reliable tools for gene knockdown via RNA degradation. siRNAs have been implemented previously against some viruses, including SARS-CoV, to target its genome. Recently, potential siRNA sequences and their targets in the SARS-CoV-2 genome have been reported, and the efficiency of siRNAs in inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 infection is being revealed. An alternative antiviral approach we propose here relies on an aptamer-siRNA-based system for the treatment of COVID-19. These...Continue Reading

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