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Date: August 22, 2024
Time: 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 5pm CEST

Title: 2023 OTS Paper of the Year Spotlight: A Framework for Individualized Splice-Switching Oligonucleotide Therapy

Description: Splice-switching antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) could be used to treat a subset of individuals with genetic diseases, but the systematic identification of such individuals remains a challenge. We performed whole-genome sequencing on 235 individuals with ataxia-telangiectasia, a severe genetic disorder, and developed a predictive taxonomy to assess their suitability for ASO intervention, finding that 9% and 6% of the individuals had variants ‘probably’ or ‘possibly’ amenable to ASO splice modulation, respectively, with most located in deep intronic regions. We developed ASOs that successfully corrected mis-splicing and restored ATM cellular signaling in patient fibroblasts for two recurrent variants. In a pilot clinical study, one of these ASOs was used to treat a child with ataxia-telangiectasia, showing good tolerability without serious adverse events for over three years. Our study provides a framework for identifying individuals with genetic diseases who might benefit from splice-switching ASOs.

Speaker:

Jinkuk Kim

Jinkuk Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)