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Jianyong Xu, Wei Lian, Yuning Jia, Lingyun Li, Zhong Huang
The genome editing tool Cas9-gRNA (guide RNA) has been successfully applied in different cell types and organisms with high efficiency. However, more efforts need to be made to enhance both efficiency and specificity. In the current study, we optimized the guide RNA structure of Streptococcus pyogenes CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)/Cas (CRISPR-associated) system to improve its genome editing efficiency. Comparing with the original functional structure of guide RNA, which is composed of crRNA and tracrRNA, the widely used chimeric gRNA has shorter crRNA and tracrRNA sequence...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
Megan Basila, Melissa L Kelley, Anja van Brabant Smith
Since its initial application in mammalian cells, CRISPR-Cas9 has rapidly become a preferred method for genome engineering experiments. The Cas9 nuclease is targeted to genomic DNA using guide RNAs (gRNA), either as the native dual RNA system consisting of a DNA-targeting CRISPR RNA (crRNA) and a trans-activating crRNA (tracrRNA), or as a chimeric single guide RNA (sgRNA). Entirely DNA-free CRISPR-Cas9 systems using either Cas9 protein or Cas9 mRNA and chemically synthesized gRNAs allow for transient expression of CRISPR-Cas9 components, thereby reducing the potential for off-targeting, which is a significant advantage in therapeutic applications...
2017: PloS One
Rie Sawamura, Natsumi Osafune, Takahiro Murakami, Fumiya Furukawa, Takeshi Kitano
Several animal models generated by genome editing methods develop somatic mosaic mutations including wild-type genome sequence in F0 generation because it is difficult to use editing tools at the one-cell stage. Producing complete knockout animals quickly is a great advantage in determining the function of target genes. This study investigated the generation of F0 knockout medaka using the CRISPR/Cas9 system. To determine whether this editing system induced mutations in the medaka genome at the one-cell stage, recombinant Cas9 protein, tracrRNA and crRNA for dead end (dnd), which is essential for germ cell development, were injected into one-cell stage embryos of olvas-DsRedExpress transgenic medaka...
July 14, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Rolen M Quadros, Hiromi Miura, Donald W Harms, Hisako Akatsuka, Takehito Sato, Tomomi Aida, Ronald Redder, Guy P Richardson, Yutaka Inagaki, Daisuke Sakai, Shannon M Buckley, Parthasarathy Seshacharyulu, Surinder K Batra, Mark A Behlke, Sarah A Zeiner, Ashley M Jacobi, Yayoi Izu, Wallace B Thoreson, Lisa D Urness, Suzanne L Mansour, Masato Ohtsuka, Channabasavaiah B Gurumurthy
BACKGROUND: Conditional knockout mice and transgenic mice expressing recombinases, reporters, and inducible transcriptional activators are key for many genetic studies and comprise over 90% of mouse models created. Conditional knockout mice are generated using labor-intensive methods of homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells and are available for only ~25% of all mouse genes. Transgenic mice generated by random genomic insertion approaches pose problems of unreliable expression, and thus there is a need for targeted-insertion models...
May 17, 2017: Genome Biology
Žaklina Strezoska, Matthew R Perkett, Eldon T Chou, Elena Maksimova, Emily M Anderson, Shawn McClelland, Melissa L Kelley, Annaleen Vermeulen, Anja van Brabant Smith
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has been utilized for large-scale, loss-of-function screens mainly using lentiviral pooled formats and cell-survival phenotypic assays. Screening in an arrayed format expands the types of phenotypic readouts that can be used to now include high-content, morphology-based assays, and with the recent availability of synthetic crRNA libraries, new studies are emerging. Here, we use a cell cycle reporter cell line to perform an arrayed, synthetic crRNA:tracrRNA screen targeting 169 genes (>600 crRNAs) and used high content analysis (HCA) to identify genes that regulate the cell cycle...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
Fuguo Jiang, Jennifer A Doudna
Many bacterial clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated (Cas) systems employ the dual RNA-guided DNA endonuclease Cas9 to defend against invading phages and conjugative plasmids by introducing site-specific double-stranded breaks in target DNA. Target recognition strictly requires the presence of a short protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) flanking the target site, and subsequent R-loop formation and strand scission are driven by complementary base pairing between the guide RNA and target DNA, Cas9-DNA interactions, and associated conformational changes...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
Kumiko Ui-Tei, Shohei Maruyama, Yuko Nakano
Genomic engineering using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein is a promising approach for targeting the genomic DNA of virtually any organism in a sequence-specific manner. Recent remarkable advances in CRISPR/Cas technology have made it a feasible system for use in therapeutic applications and biotechnology. In the CRISPR/Cas system, a guide RNA (gRNA), interacting with the Cas protein, recognizes a genomic region with sequence complementarity, and the double-stranded DNA at the target site is cleaved by the Cas protein...
January 26, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
Xiaolong Ma, Chao Chen, Jennifer Veevers, XinMin Zhou, Robert S Ross, Wei Feng, Ju Chen
Clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) technology is a powerful tool to manipulate the genome with extraordinary simplicity and speed. To generate genetically modified animals, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing is typically accomplished by microinjection of a mixture of Cas9 DNA/mRNA and single-guide RNA (sgRNA) into zygotes. However, sgRNAs used for this approach require manipulation via molecular cloning as well as in vitro transcription. Beyond these complexities, most mutants obtained with this traditional approach are genetically mosaic, yielding several types of cells with different genetic mutations...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Liang Liu, Peng Chen, Min Wang, Xueyan Li, Jiuyu Wang, Maolu Yin, Yanli Wang
C2c1 is a type V-B CRISPR-Cas system dual-RNA-guided DNA endonuclease. Here, we report the crystal structure of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris C2c1 in complex with a chimeric single-molecule guide RNA (sgRNA). AacC2c1 exhibits a bi-lobed architecture consisting of a REC and NUC lobe. The sgRNA scaffold forms a tetra-helical structure, distinct from previous predictions. The crRNA is located in the central channel of C2c1, and the tracrRNA resides in an external surface groove. Although AacC2c1 lacks a PAM-interacting domain, our analysis revealed that the PAM duplex has a similar binding position found in Cpf1...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
Youngbin Lim, So Young Bak, Keewon Sung, Euihwan Jeong, Seung Hwan Lee, Jin-Soo Kim, Sangsu Bae, Seong Keun Kim
The type II CRISPR-associated protein Cas9 recognizes and cleaves target DNA with the help of two guide RNAs (gRNAs; tracrRNA and crRNA). However, the detailed mechanisms and kinetics of these gRNAs in the Cas9 nuclease activity are unclear. Here, we investigate the structural roles of gRNAs in the CRISPR-Cas9 system by single-molecule spectroscopy and reveal a new conformation of inactive Cas9 that is thermodynamically more preferable than active apo-Cas9. We find that tracrRNA prevents Cas9 from changing into the inactive form and leads to the Cas9:gRNA complex...
November 2, 2016: Nature Communications
Shengfu Shen, Tiing Jen Loh, Hongling Shen, Xuexiu Zheng, Haihong Shen
Clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new and effective genetic editing tool. CRISPR was initially found in bacteria to protect it from virus invasions. In the first step, specific DNA strands of virus are identified by guide RNA that is composed of crRNA and tracrRNA. Then RNAse III is required for producing crRNA from pre-crRNA. In The second step, a crRNA:tracrRNA:Cas9 complex guides RNase III to cleave target DNA. After cleavage of DNA by CRISPR-Cas9, DNA can be fixed by Non- Homologous End Joining (NHEJ) and Homology Directed Repair (HDR)...
January 2017: BMB Reports
Maria Czarnek, Joanna Bereta
Precise and efficient genome modifications present a great value in attempts to comprehend the roles of particular genes and other genetic elements in biological processes as well as in various pathologies. In recent years novel methods of genome modification known as genome editing, which utilize so called "programmable" nucleases, came into use. A true revolution in genome editing has been brought about by the introduction of the CRISP-Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-CRISPR associated) system, in which one of such nucleases, i...
September 1, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Benedict C S Cross, Steffen Lawo, Caroline R Archer, Jessica R Hunt, Joanne L Yarker, Alessandro Riccombeni, Annette S Little, Nicola J McCarthy, Jonathan D Moore
Components of the type II CRISPR-Cas complex in bacteria have been used successfully in eukaryotic cells to facilitate rapid and accurate cell line engineering, animal model generation and functional genomic screens. Such developments are providing new opportunities for drug target identification and validation, particularly with the application of pooled genetic screening. As CRISPR-Cas is a relatively new genetic screening tool, it is important to assess its functionality in a number of different cell lines and to analyse potential improvements that might increase the sensitivity of a given screen...
2016: Scientific Reports
Kaizhang He, Eldon T Chou, Shawn Begay, Emily M Anderson, Anja van Brabant Smith
The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system requires Cas9 endonuclease and guide RNAs (either the natural dual RNA consisting of crRNA and tracrRNA or a chimeric single guide RNA) that direct site-specific double-stranded DNA cleavage. This communication describes a click ligation approach that uses alkyne-azide cycloaddition to generate a triazole-linked single guide RNA (sgRNA). The conjugated sgRNA shows efficient and comparable genome editing activity to natural dual RNA and unmodified sgRNA constructs.
October 4, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Melissa L Kelley, Žaklina Strezoska, Kaizhang He, Annaleen Vermeulen, Anja van Brabant Smith
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has become the most popular and efficient method for genome engineering in mammalian cells. The Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 nuclease can function with two types of guide RNAs: the native dual crRNA and tracrRNA (crRNA:tracrRNA) or a chimeric single guide RNA (sgRNA). Although sgRNAs expressed from a DNA vector are predominant in the literature, guide RNAs can be rapidly generated by chemical synthesis and provide equivalent functionality in gene editing experiments. This review highlights the attributes and advantages of chemically synthesized guide RNAs including the incorporation of chemical modifications to enhance gene editing efficiencies in certain applications...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Alexandra E Briner, Rodolphe Barrangou
CRISPR-Cas systems provide adaptive immunity in bacteria and archaea. Although there are two main classes of CRISPR-Cas systems defined by gene content, interfering RNA biogenesis, and effector proteins, Type II systems have recently been exploited on a broad scale to develop next-generation genetic engineering and genome-editing tools. Conveniently, Type II systems are streamlined and rely on a single protein, Cas9, and a guide RNA molecule, comprised of a CRISPR RNA (crRNA) and trans-acting CRISPR RNA (tracrRNA), to achieve effective and programmable nucleic acid targeting and cleavage...
July 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Alexandra E Briner, Emily D Henriksen, Rodolphe Barrangou
Cas9-based technologies rely on native elements of Type II CRISPR-Cas bacterial immune systems, including the trans-activating CRISPR RNA (tracrRNA), CRISPR RNA (crRNA), Cas9 protein, and protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM). The tracrRNA and crRNA form an RNA duplex that guides the Cas9 endonuclease to complementary nucleic acid sequences. Mechanistically, Cas9 initiates interactions by binding to the target PAM sequence and interrogating the target DNA in a 3'-to-5' manner. Complementarity between the guide RNA and the target DNA is key...
July 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Jonathan L Braff, Stephanie J Yaung, Kevin M Esvelt, George M Church
This protocol outlines a general approach for characterizing the protospacer-adjacent motifs (PAMs) of Cas9 orthologs. It uses a three-plasmid system: One plasmid carries Cas9 and its tracrRNA, a second targeting vector contains the spacer and repeat, and the third plasmid encodes the targeted sequence (as the protospacer) with varying PAM sequences. It leverages the Cas9 nuclease activity to cleave and destroy plasmids that bear a compatible PAM. The level of depletion of a library of targeted plasmids after Cas9-mediated selection can then be assessed by deep sequencing to reveal candidate PAMs for downstream validation...
May 2, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Ines Fonfara, Hagen Richter, Majda Bratovič, Anaïs Le Rhun, Emmanuelle Charpentier
CRISPR-Cas systems that provide defence against mobile genetic elements in bacteria and archaea have evolved a variety of mechanisms to target and cleave RNA or DNA. The well-studied types I, II and III utilize a set of distinct CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins for production of mature CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs) and interference with invading nucleic acids. In types I and III, Cas6 or Cas5d cleaves precursor crRNA (pre-crRNA) and the mature crRNAs then guide a complex of Cas proteins (Cascade-Cas3, type I; Csm or Cmr, type III) to target and cleave invading DNA or RNA...
April 28, 2016: Nature
Miho Terao, Moe Tamano, Satoshi Hara, Tomoko Kato, Masato Kinoshita, Shuji Takada
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a powerful genome editing tool for the production of genetically modified animals. To produce mutant mice, chimeric single-guide RNA (sgRNA) is cloned in a plasmid vector and a mixture of sgRNA and Cas9 are microinjected into the fertilized eggs. An issue associated with gene manipulation using the CRISPR/Cas9 system is that there can be off-target effects. To simplify the production of mutant mice with low risks of off-target effects caused by the CRISPR/Cas9 system, we demonstrated that genetically modified mice can be efficiently obtained using chemically synthesized CRISPR RNA (crRNA), trans-activating crRNA (tracrRNA), and modified Cas9s, such as the nickase version and FokI-fused catalytically inactive Cas9, by microinjection into fertilized eggs...
July 29, 2016: Experimental Animals
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