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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335032/allele-specific-ablation-rescues-electrophysiological-abnormalities-in-a-human-ips-cell-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-with-a-calm2-mutation
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Yuta Yamamoto, Takeru Makiyama, Takeshi Harita, Kenichi Sasaki, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Mamoru Hayano, Suguru Nishiuchi, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Fumika Yokoi, Taisuke Ishikawa, Seiko Ohno, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Hideki Motomura, Yoshinori Yoshida, Minoru Horie, Naomasa Makita, Takeshi Kimura
Background: Calmodulin is a ubiquitous Ca 2+ sensor molecule encoded by three distinct calmodulin genes, CALM1-3 . Recently, mutations in CALM1-3 have been reported to be associated with severe early-onset long-QT syndrome (LQTS). However, the underlying mechanism through which heterozygous calmodulin mutations lead to severe LQTS remains unknown, particularly in human cardiomyocytes. Objectives: We aimed to establish an LQTS disease model associated with a CALM2 mutation (LQT15) using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and to assess mutant allele-specific ablation by genome editing for the treatment of LQT15...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330927/e3-ubiquitin-ligase-ubr5-drives-the-growth-and-metastasis-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Liqiu Liao, Mei Song, Xin Li, Lili Tang, Tuo Zhang, Lixing Zhang, Yihang Pan, Lotfi Chouchane, Xiaojing Ma
Patients with triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) are at high risk for recurrence and metastasis at an early time despite standard treatment, underscoring the need for novel therapeutic modalities. Here we report for the first time a distinctive and profound role of the E3 ubiquitin ligase UBR5 in the growth and metastasis of TNBC. An analysis of primary TNBC specimen by whole exon sequencing revealed strong gene amplifications of UBR5 associated with the disease. UBR5 overexpression in TNBC tissues was confirmed at mRNA and protein levels...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326304/hiv-diagnosis-and-treatment-through-advanced-technologies
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REVIEW
Hafiza Fizzah Zulfiqar, Aneeqa Javed, Sumbal, Bakht Afroze, Qurban Ali, Khadija Akbar, Tariq Nadeem, Muhammad Adeel Rana, Zaheer Ahmad Nazar, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Tayyab Husnain
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the chief contributor to global burden of disease. In 2010, HIV was the fifth leading cause of disability-adjusted life years in people of all ages and leading cause for people aged 30-44 years. It is classified as a member of the family Retroviridae and genus Lentivirus based on the biological, morphological, and genetic properties. It infects different cells of the immune system, such as CD4+ T cells (T-helper cells), dendritic cells, and macrophages. HIV has two subtypes: HIV-1 and HIV-2...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325715/crispr-meets-car-t-cell-therapy
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Using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, researchers have devised a method to deliver a CAR gene to a specific locus, TRAC, in T cells. This targeted approach yielded therapeutic cells that were more potent even at low doses; in a mouse model of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, they outperformed CAR T cells created with a randomly integrating retroviral vector.
March 21, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325300/one-step-biallelic-and-scarless-correction-of-a-%C3%AE-thalassemia-mutation-in-patient-specific-ipscs-without-drug-selection
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Yali Liu, Yi Yang, Xiangjin Kang, Bin Lin, Qian Yu, Bing Song, Ge Gao, Yaoyong Chen, Xiaofang Sun, Xiaoping Li, Lei Bu, Yong Fan
Monogenic disorders (MGDs), which are caused by single gene mutations, have a serious effect on human health. Among these, β-thalassemia (β-thal) represents one of the most common hereditary hematological diseases caused by mutations in the human hemoglobin β (HBB) gene. The technologies of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and genetic correction provide insights into the treatments for MGDs, including β-thal. However, traditional approaches for correcting mutations have a low efficiency and leave a residual footprint, which leads to some safety concerns in clinical applications...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325290/rna-guided-crispr-cas9-system-mediated-engineering-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-mutations
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Oliver Brabetz, Vijay Alla, Linus Angenendt, Christoph Schliemann, Wolfgang E Berdel, Maria-Francisca Arteaga, Jan-Henrik Mikesch
Current acute myeloid leukemia (AML) disease models face severe limitations because most of them induce un-physiological gene expressions that do not represent conditions in AML patients and/or depend on external promoters for regulation of gene expression/repression. Furthermore, many AML models are based on reciprocal chromosomal translocations that only reflect the minority of AML patients, whereas more than 50% of patients have a normal karyotype. The majority of AML, however, is driven by somatic mutations...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322317/genetic-engineering-of-a-temperate-phage-based-delivery-system-for-crispr-cas9-antimicrobials-against-staphylococcus-aureus
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Joo Youn Park, Bo Youn Moon, Juw Won Park, Justin A Thornton, Yong Ho Park, Keun Seok Seo
Discovery of clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats and the Cas9 RNA-guided nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) system provides a new opportunity to create programmable gene-specific antimicrobials that are far less likely to drive resistance than conventional antibiotics. However, the practical therapeutic use of CRISPR/Cas9 is still questionable due to current shortcomings in phage-based delivery systems such as inefficient delivery, narrow host range, and potential transfer of virulence genes by generalized transduction...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321286/crispr-cas9-mediated-heterozygous-knockout-of-the-autism-gene-chd8-and-characterization-of-its-transcriptional-networks-in-cerebral-organoids-derived-from-ips-cells
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Ping Wang, Ryan Mokhtari, Erika Pedrosa, Michael Kirschenbaum, Can Bayrak, Deyou Zheng, Herbert M Lachman
BACKGROUND: CHD8 (chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 8), which codes for a member of the CHD family of ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling factors, is one of the most commonly mutated genes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) identified in exome-sequencing studies. Loss of function mutations in the gene have also been found in schizophrenia (SZ) and intellectual disabilities and influence cancer cell proliferation. We previously reported an RNA-seq analysis carried out on neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and monolayer neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that were heterozygous for CHD8 knockout (KO) alleles generated using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319113/combinatorial-crispr-cas9-screens-for-de-novo-mapping-of-genetic-interactions
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John Paul Shen, Dongxin Zhao, Roman Sasik, Jens Luebeck, Amanda Birmingham, Ana Bojorquez-Gomez, Katherine Licon, Kristin Klepper, Daniel Pekin, Alex N Beckett, Kyle Salinas Sanchez, Alex Thomas, Chih-Chung Kuo, Dan Du, Assen Roguev, Nathan E Lewis, Aaron N Chang, Jason F Kreisberg, Nevan Krogan, Lei Qi, Trey Ideker, Prashant Mali
We developed a systematic approach to map human genetic networks by combinatorial CRISPR-Cas9 perturbations coupled to robust analysis of growth kinetics. We targeted all pairs of 73 cancer genes with dual guide RNAs in three cell lines, comprising 141,912 tests of interaction. Numerous therapeutically relevant interactions were identified, and these patterns replicated with combinatorial drugs at 75% precision. From these results, we anticipate that cellular context will be critical to synthetic-lethal therapies...
March 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303292/editing-the-genome-of-hipsc-with-crispr-cas9-disease-models
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REVIEW
Andrew R Bassett
The advent of human-induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) technology has provided a unique opportunity to establish cellular models of disease from individual patients, and to study the effects of the underlying genetic aberrations upon multiple different cell types, many of which would not normally be accessible. Combining this with recent advances in genome editing techniques such as the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) system has provided an ability to repair putative causative alleles in patient lines, or introduce disease alleles into a healthy "WT" cell line...
March 16, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291770/nrl-knockdown-by-aav-delivered-crispr-cas9-prevents-retinal-degeneration-in-mice
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Wenhan Yu, Suddhasil Mookherjee, Vijender Chaitankar, Suja Hiriyanna, Jung-Woong Kim, Matthew Brooks, Yasaman Ataeijannati, Xun Sun, Lijin Dong, Tiansen Li, Anand Swaroop, Zhijian Wu
In retinitis pigmentosa, loss of cone photoreceptors leads to blindness, and preservation of cone function is a major therapeutic goal. However, cone loss is thought to occur as a secondary event resulting from degeneration of rod photoreceptors. Here we report a genome editing approach in which adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated CRISPR/Cas9 delivery to postmitotic photoreceptors is used to target the Nrl gene, encoding for Neural retina-specific leucine zipper protein, a rod fate determinant during photoreceptor development...
March 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280061/purinergic-receptor-transactivation-by-the-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-increases-intracellular-ca-2-in-non-excitable-cells
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Wayne Stallaert, Emma T van der Westhuizen, Anne-Marie Schonegge, Bianca Plouffe, Mireille Hogue, Viktoria Lukashova, Asuka Inoue, Satoru Ishida, Junken Aoki, Christian Le Gouill, Michel Bouvier
The β2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR) increases intracellular Ca(2+) in a variety of cell types. By combining pharmacological and genetic manipulations, we reveal a novel mechanism through which the β2AR promotes Ca(2+) mobilization (pEC50 = 7.32 ± 0.10) in non-excitable human embryonic kidney (HEK)-293S cells. Down-regulation of Gs with sustained cholera toxin pre-treatment and the use Gs-null HEK293 (ΔGs-HEK293) cells generated using the CRISPR/Cas9 system, combined with pharmacological modulation of cAMP formation revealed a Gs-dependent but cAMP-independent increase in intracellular Ca(2+) following β2AR stimulation...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279194/crispr-targeted-genome-editing-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-therapies-for-type-1-diabetes-a-path-to-clinical-success
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REVIEW
Dario Gerace, Rosetta Martiniello-Wilks, Najah Therese Nassif, Sara Lal, Raymond Steptoe, Ann Margaret Simpson
Due to their ease of isolation, differentiation capabilities, and immunomodulatory properties, the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has been assessed in numerous pre-clinical and clinical settings. Currently, whole pancreas or islet transplantation is the only cure for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and, due to the autoimmune nature of the disease, MSCs have been utilised either natively or transdifferentiated into insulin-producing cells (IPCs) as an alternative treatment. However, the initial success in pre-clinical animal models has not translated into successful clinical outcomes...
March 9, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275188/the-deacetylase-sirt1-regulates-the-replication-properties-of-human-papillomavirus-16-e1-and-e2
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Dipon Das, Nathan Smith, Xu Wang, Iain M Morgan
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) replicate their genomes in differentiating epithelium using the viral proteins E1 and E2 in association with host proteins. While the roles of E1 and E2 in this process are understood, the host factors involved and how they interact with and regulate E1-E2 are not. Our previous work identified the host replication and repair factor TopBP1 as an E2 partner protein essential for optimal E1-E2 replication and for the viral life cycle. The role of TopBP1 in host DNA replication is regulated by the class III deacetylase SIRT1; activation of the DNA damage response prevents SIRT1 deacetylation of TopBP1 resulting in a switch from DNA replication to repair functions for this protein and cell cycle arrest...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271571/gene-editing-for-skin-diseases-designer-nucleases-as-tools-for-gene-therapy-of-skin-fragility-disorders
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Oliver P March, Julia Reichelt, Ulrich Koller
The current treatment of inherited blistering skin diseases, such as epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is largely restricted to wound care and pain management. More effective therapeutic strategies are urgently required and targeting the genetic basis of these severe diseases is now within reach. Here we describe current gene editing tools and their potential to correct gene function in monogenetic blistering skin diseases. We present the features of the most frequently used gene editing techniques TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9, determining their preferential application under specific genetic conditions, including the type of mutational inheritance, the targeting site within the gene or the possibility to specifically target the mutation...
March 7, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270572/creb-signaling-is-involved-in-rett-syndrome-pathogenesis
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Qian Bu, Anxin Wang, Hamdi Hamzah, Alex Waldman, Keer Jiang, Qiping Dong, Ronghui Li, Jason Kim, Daniel Turner, Qiang Chang
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a debilitating neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene. To facilitate the study of cellular mechanisms in human cells, we established several human stem cell lines: human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line carrying the common T158M mutation (MECP2(T158M/T158M) ), hESC line expressing no MECP2 (MECP2-KO), congenic pair of wild type and mutant RTT patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line carrying the V247fs mutation (V247fs-WT and V247fs-MT), and iPSC line in which the V247fs mutation was corrected by CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing (V247fs-MT-correction)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266534/efficient-and-rapid-generation-of-large-genomic-variants-in-rats-and-mice-using-crismere
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Marie-Christine Birling, Laurence Schaeffer, Philippe André, Loic Lindner, Damien Maréchal, Abdel Ayadi, Tania Sorg, Guillaume Pavlovic, Yann Hérault
Modelling Down syndrome (DS) in mouse has been crucial for the understanding of the disease and the evaluation of therapeutic targets. Nevertheless, the modelling so far has been limited to the mouse and, even in this model, generating duplication of genomic regions has been labour intensive and time consuming. We developed the CRISpr MEdiated REarrangement (CRISMERE) strategy, which takes advantage of the CRISPR/Cas9 system, to generate most of the desired rearrangements from a single experiment at much lower expenses and in less than 9 months...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263568/in-vivo-delivery-of-crispr-cas9-for-therapeutic-gene-editing-progress-and-challenges
#18
Rubul Mout, Moumita Ray, Yi-Wei Lee, Federica Scaletti, Vincent M Rotello
The successful use of CRISPR/Cas9 based gene editing for therapeutics requires efficient in vivo delivery of the CRISPR components. There are, however, major challenges on the delivery front. In this Topical Review, we will highlight recent developments in CRISPR delivery, and we will present hurdles that still need to be overcome to achieve effective in vivo editing.
March 6, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257806/pseudohypoxia-induced-by-mir-126-deactivation-promotes-migration-and-therapeutic-resistance-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Weijun Liu, Hanxiang Chen, Nathan Wong, Wesley Haynes, Callie M Baker, Xiaowei Wang
Pseudohypoxia plays a central role in the progression and therapeutic resistance of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC); however, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. MicroRNA miR-126 has decreased expression in metastatic or relapsed ccRCC as compared to primary tumors, but the mechanisms by which miR-126 is implicated in RCC remain unknown. Through RNA-seq profiling to evaluate the impact of overexpression or CRISPR knockout of miR-126, we have identified SERPINE1 as a miR-126-5p target regulating cell motility, and SLC7A5 as a miR-126-3p target regulating the mTOR/HIF pathway...
February 28, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256578/rational-design-of-inducible-crispr-guide-rnas-for-de-novo-assembly-of-transcriptional-programs
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Quentin R V Ferry, Radostina Lyutova, Tudor A Fulga
CRISPR-based transcription regulators (CRISPR-TRs) have transformed the current synthetic biology landscape by allowing specific activation or repression of any target gene. Here we report a modular and versatile framework enabling rapid implementation of inducible CRISPR-TRs in mammalian cells. This strategy relies on the design of a spacer-blocking hairpin (SBH) structure at the 5' end of the single guide RNA (sgRNA), which abrogates the function of CRISPR-transcriptional activators. By replacing the SBH loop with ligand-controlled RNA-cleaving units, we demonstrate conditional activation of quiescent sgRNAs programmed to respond to genetically encoded or externally delivered triggers...
March 3, 2017: Nature Communications
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