Thursday, January 7, 2010

Delivering siRNA in Mice for Studying Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia

Researchers have successfully delivered siRNA in-vitro and in-vivo using Neuromics' i-Fect ™ siRNA Transfection Reagent. Gene expression studies include: DOR, hTERT, The β3 subunit of the Na+,K+-ATPase, rSNSR1, NTS1. NAV1.8 and more.

Here's a link to all transfection publications: Transfection Kit Pubs

We are pleased to present yet another study and related publication. This includes one of the first successful delivery of siRNA in mice using i-Fect ™ :

Yan Chen, Cheng Yang, and Zaijie Jim Wang. Ca2+/Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II Is Required for the Initiation and Maintenance of Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia. The Journal of Neuroscience, January 6, 2010, 30(1):38-46; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4346-09.2010.

...KN93 and KN92 were administered intrathecally by percutaneous puncture through the L5-L6 intervertebral space, as described previously (Hylden and Wilcox, 1980; Chen et al., 2009). A lateral tail flick was considered as success of the intrathecal injection. To inhibit CaMKII, CaMKII was targeted by small interfering RNA (siRNA). Four days after morphine pellet implantation, mice were treated with CaMKII siRNA (5'-CACCACCAUUGAGGACGAAdTdT-3', 3'-dTdTGUGGUGGUAACUCCUGCUU-5') (Zayzafoon et al., 2005) or Stealth RNAi negative control (Invitrogen) (2 µg, i.t., twice per day for 3 consecutive days). These oligos were mixed with the transfection reagent i-Fect (Neuromics), in a ratio of 1:5 (w/v) (Luo et al., 2005). Mechanical and thermal sensitivity tests were performed daily...