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Nature. 1992 Sep 3;359(6390):67-70.

Antisense c-myb oligonucleotides inhibit intimal arterial smooth muscle cell accumulation in vivo.

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Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139.


Synthetic antisense oligonucleotides have been used to dissect gene function in vitro. Technical difficulties prevented the use of this approach for investigating the effect of gene products in vivo. Here we report the use of local delivery of antisense c-myb oligonucleotide to suppress intimal accumulation of rat carotid arterial smooth muscle cells. Our results suggest that antisense oligonucleotides can be used to define the in vivo biological role of specific macromolecules in the blood vessel wall and could potentially serve as a new class of therapeutic agents for cardiovascular disorders.

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