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|Title:||Nucleic acid ligands|
|Abstract:||A new class of nucleic acid compounds, referred to as nucleic acid antibodies, have been shown to exist that have a specific binding affinity for three dimensional molecular targets. In a preferred embodiment the ligand components of the nucleic acid antibodies are identified by the method of the invention referred to as the Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential enrichment (SELEX), wherein a candidate mixture of nucleic acids are iteratively enriched in high affinity nucleic acids and amplified for further partitioning.|
|Inventor(s):||Gold; Larry (Boulder, CO), Tuerk; Craig (Boulder, CO)|
|Assignee:||NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Boulder, CO)|
|Filing Date:||Mar 27, 1995|
|Claims:||1. A non-naturally occurring nucleic acid ligand having a specific binding affinity for a target molecule, said target molecule being a protein, wherein said nucleic acid ligand is not a nucleic acid having the known physiological function of being bound by the target molecule. |
2. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 1 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is selected from the group consisting of single-stranded RNA, double-stranded RNA, single-stranded DNA and double-stranded DNA.
3. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 1 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is single-stranded.
4. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 3 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is RNA.
5. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 3 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is DNA.
6. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 1 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is double stranded.
7. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 6 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is RNA.
8. The nucleic acid ligand of claim 6 wherein said nucleic acid ligand is DNA.
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