Published in Hepatitis Weekly, July 28th, 2008
"Here, we report that the core protein of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) acts as a potent suppressor of RNA silencing (SRS). We have found that the HCV core protein inhibits RNA silencing induced by short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) but not by synthetic small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in various mammalian cells. We have further demonstrated that HCV core protein directly interacts with Dicer, an RNase enzyme that generates siRNA in host...
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