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Increase synthetic mRNA functionality with nucleoside base modifications

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5’-capping and nucleoside base modifications significantly increase translation efficiency while reducing immunogenicity of synthetic mRNA (Fig. 1)[1-16].

Such modifications are conveniently introduced by correspondingly modified nucleotides via T7 RNA polymerase-mediated in vitro transcription (Fig. 1B, Tab. 1).

Figure 1 Epigenetic base modifications are required for optimal synthetic mRNA functionality.

Figure 1: Nucleoside base modifications are required for optimal synthetic mRNA functionality.
A) Nucleoside base modifications increase mRNA translation efficiency.
B) Nucleoside base modified triphosphates are excellent enzymatic substrates (A: adenine, C: cytosine, U: uracil).

The optimal combination of 5’ capping and nucleoside base modification(s) however, needs to be individually determined for each mRNA target.

Table 1: HighYield T7 mRNA Kits allow efficient production of nucleoside base-modified mRNA.

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