A collection of readily reproducible methods for the design, preparation, and use of RNAs for silencing gene expression in cells and organisms. The techniques range widely and include methods addressing the biochemical aspects of the silencing machinery, RNA silencing in non-mammalian organisms, and the in vivo delivery of siRNAs and silencing vectors. There are also techniques for designing, preparing, and using RNAs to silence gene expression, for fine-tuning regulation by targeting specific isoforms of a given gene, and for the study and use of microRNAs. The protocols follow the successful Methods in Molecular BiologyT series format, each offering step-by-step laboratory instructions, an introduction outlining the principle behind the technique, lists of the necessary equipment and reagents, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.
From the reviews: "RNA Silencing: Methods and Protocols is a comprehensive and user-friendly reference and worth recommending. Researchers who are interested in using siRNA as a major method to do gene knockdown experiments in vitro to study gene function instead of using time-consuming gene targeting in mice and those who are interested in studying the functions of genes in the development of cell defense against viruses will find this book an excellent resource." (Weimin He, In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal, Vol. 42, May and June, 2006)
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