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ANTISENSE ANTIVIRAL COMPOUNDS AND METHODS FOR TREATING A FILOVIRUS INFECTION
The invention provides antisense antiviral compounds and methods of their use and production in inhibition of growth of viruses of the Filoviridae family, and in the treatment of a viral infection. The compounds and methods relate to the treatment of viral infections in mammals including primates by Ebola and Marburg viruses. The antisense antiviral compounds are morpholino oligonucleotides having: a) a nuclease resistant backbone, b) 15-40 nucleotide bases, and c) a targeting sequence of at least 15 bases in length that hybridizes to a target region selected from the following: i) the Ebola virus AUG start site region of VP24; ii) the Ebola virus AUG start site region of VP35; iii) the Marburg virus AUG start site region of VP24; or iv) the Marburg virus AUG start site region of NP.
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Inventor(s):STEIN, D.; IVERSEN, P.; BAVARI, S.