In Vitro and in Vivo Action of Antisense RNA

Wolfgang Nellen*, Georg Sczakiel

*Corresponding author for this work
28 Citations (Scopus)


The transient or permanent expression of antisense RNA represents one option to apply antisense techniques in biotechnology and medical research. Despite the increasing importance and use of antisense nucleic acids as well as their significant antisense-specific phenotypic effects in vivo, there is an obvious lack of explanation for the mechanism of their action. By studying naturally occurring antisense RNA and analyzing their mechanism of action we attempt to learn more about the design, the use, and the critical parameters of artificial antisense RNA. Attempts to derive models from biochemical and structural studies for the interactions between antisense RNAs and their targets will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology - Part B Molecular Biotechnology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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