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USPTO Allows Claims in Mirna Patent Application on let-7

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Mirna Therapeutics said this week that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for claims in a company-controlled patent application related to the therapeutic use of the let-7 microRNA.

Mirna said that, along with collaborators at Yale University, it has shown that let-7 regulates "multiple cancer-related genes and pathways, influences the sensitivity of cancer cells to radiation and chemotherapy, and affects tumor development."

Additional work has demonstrated that altered expression of let-7 is important in cancer stem cell development and that the miRNA can inhibit metastasis.

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