RNA is a fundamental nucleic acid for life and it plays important roles in the regulation of gene transcription, post-transcriptional regulation, and epigenetic regulation. Recently, the focus on this nucleic acid has significantly increased due to the development of mRNA vaccines and RNA-based gene therapy protocols. Unfortunately, RNA based products show constrains mainly owing to instability and easy degradability of the RNA molecules. Indeed, unlike the DNA molecule which has a great intrinsic stability, RNA is more prone to degradation and this process is accelerated under thermal treatment. Here we describe a method that involves the use of Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NaDES) capable of slowing down RNA degradation process. Our re-sults show that this technology seems suitable for improving the stability of specific RNA molecules particularly susceptible to thermal-induced degradation. Therefore, this technique represents a valuable tool to stabilize RNA molecules used in gene therapy and mRNA vaccines.

Natural deep eutectic solvents protect RNA from thermal-induced degradation

Francioso, Antonio;
2023-01-01

Abstract

RNA is a fundamental nucleic acid for life and it plays important roles in the regulation of gene transcription, post-transcriptional regulation, and epigenetic regulation. Recently, the focus on this nucleic acid has significantly increased due to the development of mRNA vaccines and RNA-based gene therapy protocols. Unfortunately, RNA based products show constrains mainly owing to instability and easy degradability of the RNA molecules. Indeed, unlike the DNA molecule which has a great intrinsic stability, RNA is more prone to degradation and this process is accelerated under thermal treatment. Here we describe a method that involves the use of Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NaDES) capable of slowing down RNA degradation process. Our re-sults show that this technology seems suitable for improving the stability of specific RNA molecules particularly susceptible to thermal-induced degradation. Therefore, this technique represents a valuable tool to stabilize RNA molecules used in gene therapy and mRNA vaccines.
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