Mol Ther 2021 Nov 2. Epub 2021 Nov 2.
Center for Public Health Research, Medical School, Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China; State Key Lab of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China; Medical School and Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China. Electronic address:
Zika virus (ZIKV), a flavivirus associated with neurological disorders, constitutes a global health threat. During pregnancy, ZIKV traverses the placenta and causes congenital disease such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in newborns. To develop a specific antiviral therapy against ZIKV-induced microcephaly that could cross placental and blood-brain barriers, we designed targeted small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) encapsulating antiviral siRNA (small interfering RNA) to inhibit ZIKV. Read More