Liposomal Spherical Nucleic Acids for Regulating Long Noncoding RNAs in the Nucleus

Anthony J. Sprangers, Liangliang Hao, Resham J. Banga, Chad A. Mirkin*

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Emerging evidence indicates that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are actively involved in a number of developmental and tumorigenic processes. Here, the authors describe the first successful use of spherical nucleic acids as an effective nanoparticle platform for regulating lncRNAs in cells; specifically, for the targeted knockdown of the nuclear-retained metastasis associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (Malat1), a key oncogenic lncRNA involved in metastasis of several cancers. Utilizing the liposomal spherical nucleic acid (LSNA) constructs, the authors first explored the delivery of antisense oligonucleotides to the nucleus. A dose-dependent inhibition of Malat1 upon LSNA treatment as well as the consequent up-regulation of tumor suppressor messenger RNA associated with Malat1 knockdown are shown. These findings reveal the biologic and therapeutic potential of a LSNA-based antisense strategy in targeting disease-associated, nuclear-retained lncRNAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1602753
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 14 2017


  • DNA nanoparticles
  • gene regulation
  • liposomal SNA
  • nuclear targeting
  • spherical nucleic acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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