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, 24 (10), 2002-2016

Methods to Identify and Optimize Small Molecules Interacting With RNA (SMIRNAs)

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Methods to Identify and Optimize Small Molecules Interacting With RNA (SMIRNAs)

Andrei Ursu et al. Drug Discov Today.

Abstract

RNAs, particularly noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), are becoming increasingly important therapeutic targets, because they are causative and antagonists of human disease. Indeed, aberrant RNA structural elements and expression deregulate biological processes. In this review, we describe methodologies to discover and optimize small molecules interacting with RNA (SMIRNAs), including the evaluation of direct target engagement and the rescue of RNA-mediated phenotypes in vitro and in vivo. Such studies are essential to fully characterize the mode of action of SMIRNAs and advance our understanding of rationally and efficiently drugging RNAs for therapeutic benefit.

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