Methods to obtain nucleic acid ligands that photocrosslink to target molecules associated with a disease state are provided. The methods presented are variations on the photoSELEX methods for obtaining nucleic acid ligands. In one method, a candidate mixture of photocrosslinkable nucleic acids is contacted with a biological substance obtained from a source associated with a disease state suspected of containing a target molecule to form nucleic acid-target molecule complexes, the complexes are irradiated to form crosslinked complexes, the photocrosslinked complexes are partitioned from the remainder of the candidate mixture; and the nucleic acid ligands that photocrosslink to molecule are retained. These nucleic acids are then contacted with a second biological substance of the same type as the first, but obtained from a source not associated with a disease state. This removes nucleic acids with affinity to molecules that are not associated with the disease state. In another method, photocrosslinkable nucleic acids are not incorporated in the initial candidate mixture, but rather are incorporated in an enriched candidate mixture obtained by contacting a biological substance associated with a disease state containing a target molecule to form nucleic acid-target molecule complexes, partitioning the complexes away from the candidate mixture.
|Patent number||US 6482594 B2|
|IPC||US 6482594 B2|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Nov 2002|
Jensen, K. (2002). IPC No. US 6482594 B2. Systematic Evolution Of Ligands By Exponential Enrichment: Photoselection Of Nucleic Acid Ligands. (Patent No. US 6482594 B2). United States Patent & Trademark Office.