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Nat Med. 1996 Sep;2(9):998-1004.

Local administration of antisense phosphorothioate oligonucleotides to the p65 subunit of NF-kappa B abrogates established experimental colitis in mice.

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Laboratory of Immunology, University of Mainz, Germany.


Chronic intestinal inflammation induced by 2,4,6,-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) is characterized by a transmural granulomatous colitis that mimics some characteristics of human Crohn's disease. Here, we show that the transcription factor NF-kappa B p65 was strongly activated in TNBS-induced colitis and in colitis of interleukin-10-deficient mice. Local administration of p65 antisense phosphorothioate oligonucleotides abrogated clinical and histological signs of colitis and was more effective in treating TNBS-induced colitis than single or daily administration of glucocorticoids. The data provide direct evidence for the central importance of p65 in chronic intestinal inflammation and suggest a potential therapeutic utility of p65 antisense oligonucleotides as a novel molecular approach for the treatment of patients with Crohn's disease.

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