The artifical metallonucleases (AMNs) discovered at DCU at the core of the ClickGene project are highly original and offer a unique approach for gene therapy compared to all of the existing commercial gene-based therapeutics. 
These existing enzymatic nucleases are typically large bio-molecules, and therefore problematic to deliver effectively into cells and tissues. The engineered AMNs used in ClickGene are synthetic hybrids with a considerably smaller footprint. ClickGene seeks to develop a radical new class of site-directed AMNs, using click chemistry, for gene knockout in human cells.
 
ClickGene will: 
  • develop artificial metallonucleases (AMNs) that offer a unique mechanism for inducing strand breaks in DNA and RNA compared with the current state-of-art gene editing nucleases found in zinc finger nucleases and TALENs
  • utilise cutting edge “click” chemistry to conjugate AMNs to sequence-selective nucleic acid targeting molecules such as zinc finger proteins and triplex forming oligonucleotides which can discriminate epigenetic bases (e.g. methylated and unmethylated sequences)
  • fabricate customised liposomal nanoparticle and nanocontainer delivery vehicles to transport targeted AMNs into the nucleus of selected human cells
  • produce a unique family of fluorogenic detector molecules that can monitor the presence of epigenetic base modifications in highly parallel PCR matrixes
 

The Nucleic Acids Book is a free online book produced by Prof. Tom Brown's company, ATDBio. The book is ideal for chemistry and biology students and also provides practical information for researchers working in the lab.
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