Archives of Virology

, Volume 163, Issue 5, pp 1331–1335 | Cite as

Inhibition of dengue virus infection by small interfering RNAs that target highly conserved sequences in the NS4B or NS5 coding regions

  • Paula M. Villegas
  • Elizabeth Ortega
  • Lourdes Villa-Tanaca
  • Blanca L. Barrón
  • Jesus Torres-Flores
Brief Report


Dengue fever is one of the most common viral infections in the world. Although a vaccine against dengue virus (DENV) has been approved in several countries, this disease is still considered a public health priority worldwide. The ability of three small interfering RNAs (FG-siRNAs) targeting conserved sequences in the NS4B and NS5 regions of the DENV genome to inhibit DENV replication was tested in vitro in both Vero and C6/36 cells. The FG-siRNAs were effective against DENV-1, -3, and -4, but not DENV-2. A fourth siRNA specifically targeting the NS5 region of the DENV-2 genome (SG-siRNA) was designed and tested against two different DENV-2 strains, showing high levels of inhibition in both mammalian and insect cells.


siRNA Dengue virus RNA interference Arbovirus Antiviral 



We thank Dr. Juan Salas (ENMH-IPN) for kindly donating DENV-1, 2, 3 and 4 reference strains, Dr. Maria Isabel Salazar (ENCB-IPN) for providing the DENV-2 Yucatan 17438 strain, and Dr. Alfonso Méndez Tenorio (ENCB-IPN) for his support in the thermodynamic analyses.


This project was supported by Secretaría de Investigación y Posgrado del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (20160619). VPM has a fellowship from CONACyT, Mexico.

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula M. Villegas
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Ortega
    • 1
  • Lourdes Villa-Tanaca
    • 2
  • Blanca L. Barrón
    • 1
  • Jesus Torres-Flores
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Virología, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias BiológicasInstituto Politécnico NacionalMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Genética Microbiana, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias BiológicasInstituto Politécnico NacionalMexico CityMexico

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