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An Intrathecal CRISPR Strategy for Chronic Pain

Long-lasting Analgesia via Targeted In Situ Repression of NaV1.7

Recorded Aug. 5, 2021 @5:30pm Pacific

This nonaccredited educational webinar is provided for information only.


Genetic studies have identified in humans key targets pivotal to nociceptive processing. In particular, a hereditary loss-of-function mutation in NaV1.7, a sodium channel protein associated with signaling in nociceptive sensory afferents, leads to insensitivity to pain without other neurodevelopmental alterations.

We investigated targeted epigenetic repression of NaV1.7 in primary afferents via epigenome engineering approaches based on clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)–dCas9 and zinc finger proteins at the spinal level as a potential treatment for chronic pain.


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