Using RNA Interference for Purinoceptor Knockdown In Vivo

  • Rebeca Padrão Amorim
  • Iscia Teresinha Lopes Cendes
  • Maria Jose da Silva FernandesEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2041)


RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS) induced by small double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). The method allows silencing of genes of interest by translation inhibition or by mRNA degradation. In this chapter, we provide a brief overview of the mechanisms involved in each step of gene silencing. A nonviral infusion of short siRNA into ventricular system of rats was used to study purinoceptor in the rat brain.

Key words

RNAi Hippocampus Purinergic receptor Brain Rat 



The authors thank the Brazilian agencies Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for financial support.

The authors declare no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebeca Padrão Amorim
    • 1
  • Iscia Teresinha Lopes Cendes
    • 3
  • Maria Jose da Silva Fernandes
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Disciplina de NeurociênciaUniversidade Federal de São Paulo—UNIFESPSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Escola Paulista de MedicinaUniversidade Federal de SÐo Paulo (EPM/UNIFESP)São PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Genetica MédicaEscola de Ciências Médicas da Universidade de Campinas—UNICAMPCampinasBrazil

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