Inhibition of hepatitis B virus expression and replication by RNA interference in HepG2.2.15

Zhong Fu Zhao, Hui Yang, De Wu Han, Long Feng Zhao, Guo Ying Zhang, Yun Zhang, Ming She Liu

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Aim: To observe the inhibition of hepatitis B virus replication and expression by transfecting vector-based small interference RNA (siRNA) pGenesil-HBV X targeting HBV X gene region into HepG2.2.15 cells. Methods: pGenesil-HBV X was constructed and transfected into HepG2.2.15 cells via lipofection. HBV antigen secretion was determined 24, 48, and 72 h after transfection by time-resolved immunofluorometric assays (TRFIA). HBV replication was examined by fluorescence quantitative PCR, and the expression of cytoplasmic viral proteins was determined by immunohistochemistry. Results: The secretion of HBsAg and HBeAg into the supernatant was found to be inhibited by 28.5% and 32.2% (P < 0.01), and by 38.67% (P < 0.05) and 42.86% (P < 0.01) at 48 h and 72 h after pGenesil-HBV X transfection, respectively. Immunohistochemical staining for cytoplasmic HBsAg showed a similar decline in HepG2.2.15 cells 48 h after transfection. The number of HBV genomes within culture supernatants was also significantly decreased 48 h and 72 h post-transfection as quantified by fluorescence PCR (P < 0.05). Conclusion: In HepG2.2.15 cells, HBV replication and expression is inhibited by vector-based siRNA pGenesil-HBV X targeting the HBV X coding region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6046-6049
Number of pages4
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - Oct 7 2006


  • HepG2.2.15
  • Hepatitits B virus
  • Plasmid vector
  • RNA interference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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