In Vivo RNAi -- Considerations and Examples; a Panel Presentation

Advancing RNAi experiments towards in vivo studies represents a more rigorous level of testing for nucleic acid therapeutics beyond in vitro, cell-based experiments. Dr Garrett Rettig presents considerations for producing significant knockdown, including:

  • A suitable model system for testing gene knockdown or phenotypic effect
  • Route of delivery
  • Delivery vehicle
  • Potential for off-target effects

Then, Pascal Tétreault presents an example of an in vivo RNAi application, along with a description of the logistics of in vivo experiments conducted in Dr Philippe Sarret's pre-clinical pain lab. The lab uses DsiRNA silencing technology to study the mechanisms of action of G protein-coupled receptors involved in chronic pain in the spinal cord.

Both Dr Rettig and Tétreault then discuss challenges for in vivo RNAi experimental setup and take questions from the audience.