Takara Identifies New RNAi-Related Enzymes

Japanese drug maker Takara Bio said last week that it has discovered seven new RNAi enzymes.

According to the company, the enzymes, which were discovered by screening various bacteria, can identify and cleave specific sequences of single-stranded RNAs. Takara also said that one of the enzymes, MazF, can impact HIV infection by inducing apoptosis in cells that have had Tat genes introduced.

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