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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109959/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-as-a-therapeutic-approach-for-leber-congenital-amaurosis-10
#1
Guo-Xiang Ruan, Elizabeth Barry, Dan Yu, Michael Lukason, Seng H Cheng, Abraham Scaria
As the most common subtype of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), LCA10 is a severe retinal dystrophy caused by mutations in the CEP290 gene. The most frequent mutation found in patients with LCA10 is a deep intronic mutation in CEP290 that generates a cryptic splice donor site. The large size of the CEP290 gene prevents its use in adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene augmentation therapy. Here, we show that targeted genomic deletion using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 system represents a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of patients with LCA10 bearing the CEP290 splice mutation...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109377/antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-multiple-giant-saccular-aortic-aneurysms
#2
Ryoji Kinoshita, Tomohiro Mizuno, Tsuyoshi Hachimaru, Keiji Oi, Masafumi Yashima, Eiki Nagaoka, Tatsuki Fujiwara, Hidehito Kuroki, Dai Tasaki, Hirokuni Arai
We describe a very rare case of a 67-year-old man with multiple saccular aortic aneurysms throughout the entire aorta due to antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV). The patient underwent staged aortic surgical procedures, including stent-graft insertion for a left iliac artery aneurysm, thoracic endovascular aortic repair for a descending aortic aneurysm, and total replacement of the ascending aorta and aortic arch with the use of high-dose steroids to control inflammation. The histologic findings demonstrated that the damage to the vasa vasorum of the adventitia resulting from AAV caused ischemia of the media, resulting in the formation of saccular aneurysmal changes...
February 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108397/aav9-igf1-protects-tdp-25-cells-from-apoptosis-and-oxidative-stress-partly-via-up-regulating-the-expression-of-vegf-in-vitro
#3
Zhongyao Li, Weisong Duan, Can Cui, Yaling Liu, Chunyan Li, Yakun Liu
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease lacking of curable treatments to date. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors make gene therapy an effective strategy in treating neurological disorders. Despite Kaspar and colleagues have showed that AAV-IGF1 delivery successfully prolonged the survival of SOD1G93A mice, whether IGF-1 act as a protective role in the TDP-43 mutant model still have not been reported. In this study, we proved that AAV9 vector mediated expression of human wild-type IGF-1 protected TDP-25 cells from apoptosis and oxidative stress...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108256/a-quantitative-evaluation-of-a-2-5-kb-rat-tyrosine-hydroxylase-promoter-to-target-expression-in-ventral-mesencephalic-dopamine-neurons-in-vivo
#4
Anne-Sophie Rolland, Tatyana Kareva, Nikolai Kholodilov, Robert E Burke
Adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) have become powerful tools in neuroscience for both basic research and potential therapeutic use. They have become especially important tools for optogenetic experiments based on their ability to achieve transgene expression in postmitotic neurons with regional selectivity. With the use of appropriate promoter elements they can achieve cellular specificity as well. One population of neurons that plays a central role in human neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases are the dopamine neurons of the midbrain...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107841/adeno-associated-virus-mediated-mini-agrin-delivery-is-unable-to-rescue-disease-phenotype-in-a-mouse-model-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2i
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Charles H Vannoy, Haowen Zhou, Chunping Qiao, Xiao Xiao, Anne G Bang, Qi L Lu
Agrin is a basement membrane-specific proteoglycan that can regulate orientation of cytoskeleton proteins and improve function of dystrophic skeletal muscle. In skeletal muscle, agrin binds with high affinity to laminin(s) and α-dystroglycan (α-DG), an integral part of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex. Miniaturized forms of agrin (mAgrin) have been shown to ameliorate disease pathology in a laminin-α2 knockout mouse model of muscular dystrophy, acting as a link between α-DG and laminin(s). Here, we test whether mAgrin might also improve pathologies associated with FKRP-related dystroglycanopathies, another form of muscular dystrophy characterized by weak interactions between muscle and basement membranes...
February 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105850/next-generation-tau-models-in-alzheimer-s%C3%A2-disease-research-virus-based-gene-delivery-systems
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V Cubinková, B Valachová, V Brezovaková, R Szabó, I Zimová, Z Kostecká, S Jadhav
Alzheimer's disease (AD) the most common form of dementia is characterized by cognitive decline and progressive loss of neurons in the central nervous system. Despite huge scientific progress, there are only few animal models that recapitulate at least majority of the AD pathology and related symptomatology. Therefore, alternative methods to develop animal models for neurodegenerative diseases are constantly explored. Recently, recombinant adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) are widely used viral vectors in development of novel models for neurodegenerative diseases...
January 19, 2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100454/gene-therapy-targeting-oligodendrocytes-provides-therapeutic-benefit-in-a-leukodystrophy-model
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Elena Georgiou, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Jan Richter, Christos Papaneophytou, Irene Sargiannidou, Alexia Kagiava, Georg von Jonquieres, Christina Christodoulou, Matthias Klugmann, Kleopas A Kleopa
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease or hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 is an autosomal recessively inherited leukodystrophy with childhood onset resulting from mutations in the gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin 47 (Cx47, encoded by GJC2). Cx47 is expressed specifically in oligodendrocytes and is crucial for gap junctional communication throughout the central nervous system. Previous studies confirmed that a cell autonomous loss-of-function mechanism underlies hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 and that transgenic oligodendrocyte-specific expression of another connexin, Cx32 (GJB1), can restore gap junctions in oligodendrocytes to achieve correction of the pathology in a disease model...
January 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100033/relaxin-3-inputs-target-hippocampal-interneurons-and-deletion-of-hilar-relaxin-3-receptors-in-floxed-rxfp3-mice-impairs-spatial-memory
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M Haidar, G Guèvremont, C Zhang, Rad Bathgate, E Timofeeva, C M Smith, A L Gundlach
Hippocampus is innervated by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) 'projection' neurons of the nucleus incertus (NI), including a population expressing the neuropeptide, relaxin-3 (RLN3). In studies aimed at gaining an understanding of the role of RLN3 signaling in hippocampus via its Gi/o -protein-coupled receptor, RXFP3, we examined the distribution of RLN3-immunoreactive nerve fibres and RXFP3 mRNA-positive neurons in relation to hippocampal GABA neuron populations. RLN3-positive elements were detected in close-apposition with a substantial population of somatostatin (SST)- and GABA-immunoreactive neurons, and a smaller population of parvalbumin- and calretinin-immunoreactive neurons in different hippocampal areas, consistent with the relative distribution patterns of RXFP3 mRNA and these marker transcripts...
January 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098415/intracranial-aav-ifn-%C3%AE-gene-therapy-eliminates-invasive-xenograft-glioblastoma-and-improves-survival-in-orthotopic-syngeneic-murine-model
#9
Dwijit GuhaSarkar, James Neiswender, Qin Su, Guangping Gao, Miguel Sena-Esteves
The highly invasive property of glioblastoma (GBM) cells and genetic heterogeneity are largely responsible for tumor recurrence after the current standard-of-care treatment and thus a direct cause of death. Previously, we have shown that intracranial interferon-beta (IFN-β) gene therapy by locally administered adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV) successfully treats noninvasive orthotopic glioblastoma models. Here, we extend these findings by testing this approach in invasive human GBM xenograft and syngeneic mouse models...
November 9, 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096470/dampened-amphetamine-stimulated-behavior-and-altered-dopamine-transporter-function-in-the-absence-of-brain-gdnf
#10
Jaakko Kopra, Anne Panhelainen, Sara Af Bjerkén, Lauriina Porokuokka, Kärt Varendi, Soophie Olfat, Heidi Montonen, T Petteri Piepponen, Mart Saarma, Jaan-Olle Andressoo
: Midbrain dopamine neuron dysfunction contributes to various psychiatric and neurological diseases including drug addiction and Parkinson's disease. Because of its well-established dopaminotrophic effects, the therapeutic potential of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been extensively studied in various disorders with disturbed dopamine homeostasis. The outcomes from pre-clinical and clinical studies vary, however, highlighting a need for a better understanding of the physiological role of GDNF on striatal dopaminergic function...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096054/glycogen-storage-disease-type-ia-mice-with-less-than-2-of-normal-hepatic-glucose-6-phosphatase-%C3%AE-activity-restored-are-at-risk-of-developing-hepatic-tumors
#11
Goo-Young Kim, Young Mok Lee, Joon Hyun Kwon, Jun-Ho Cho, Chi-Jiunn Pan, Matthew F Starost, Brian C Mansfield, Janice Y Chou
Glycogen storage disease type Ia (GSD-Ia), characterized by impaired glucose homeostasis and chronic risk of hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) and carcinoma (HCC), is caused by a deficiency in glucose-6-phosphatase-α (G6Pase-α or G6PC). We have previously shown that G6pc-/- mice receiving gene transfer mediated by rAAV-G6PC, a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector expressing G6Pase-α, and expressing 3-63% of normal hepatic G6Pase-α activity maintain glucose homeostasis and do not develop HCA/HCC. However, the threshold of hepatic G6Pase-α activity required to prevent tumor formation remained unknown...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095637/gene-therapy-for-achromatopsia
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REVIEW
Stylianos Michalakis, Christian Schön, Elvir Becirovic, Martin Biel
AIM: This review summarizes the current status of Achromatopsia (ACHM) gene therapy-related research activities and provides an outlook for their clinical application. DISCUSSION: ACHM is an inherited eye disease characterized by congenital absence of cone photoreceptor function. As a consequence, ACHM is associated with strongly impaired daylight vision, photophobia, nystagmus, and lack of color discrimination. Currently, six genes have been linked to ACHM. Up to 80% of the patients carry mutations in the genes CNGA3 and CNGB3 encoding the two subunits of the cone cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channel...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094877/hypothalamus-specific-re-introduction-of-snord116-into-otherwise-snord116-deficient-mice-increased-energy-expenditure
#13
Y Qi, L Purtell, M Fu, L Zhang, S Zolotukhin, L Campbell, H Herzog
The Snord116 gene cluster has been recognized as a critical contributor to the Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) with mice lacking Snord116 displaying many classical PWS phenotypes including low postnatal body weight, reduced bone mass and increased food intake. However, these mice do not develop obesity due to increased energy expenditure. To understand the physiological function of Snord116 better and potentially rescue the altered metabolism of Snord116(-/-) mice, we used an adeno-associated viral (AAV) approach to reintroduce the Snord116 gene product into the hypothalamus in Snord116(-/-) mice at different ages...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090570/targeted-inhibition-of-pancreatic-acinar-cell-calcineurin-is-a-novel-strategy-to-prevent-post-ercp-pancreatitis
#14
Abrahim I Orabi, Li Wen, Tanveer A Javed, Tianming Le, Ping Guo, Subramaniam Sanker, David Ricks, Kristy Boggs, John F Eisses, Carlos Castro, Xiangwei Xiao, Krishna Prasadan, Farzad Esni, George K Gittes, Sohail Z Husain
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is a pressing need to develop effective preventative therapies for post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP). We demonstrated that early PEP events are induced through the calcium-activated phosphatase calcineurin and that global calcineurin deletion abolishes PEP in mice. A crucial question is whether acinar cell calcineurin controls the initiation of PEP in vivo. METHODS: We used a mouse model of PEP and examined the effects of in vivo acinar cell-specific calcineurin deletion by either generating a conditional knockout line or infusing a novel AAV-Ela-iCre into the pancreatic duct of a calcineurin floxed line...
January 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089971/incidence-of-malignancy-prior-to-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis-compared-to-the-general-population
#15
Emma E van Daalen, Chinar Rahmattulla, Ron Wolterbeek, Jan A Bruijn, Ingeborg M Bajema
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have reported an increased malignancy risk preceding antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV), suggesting common pathogenic pathways in these 2 entities. However, the study results were conflicting and often limited to patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Here, we study the malignancy risk prior to AAV diagnosis [either GPA or microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)] to elaborate on the putative association between malignancy and AAV...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087591/clinical-trials-in-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis-what-we-have-learnt-so-far-and-what-we-still-have-to-learn
#16
Divi Cornec, Emilie Cornec-Le Gall, Ulrich Specks
The prognosis of the antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitides (AAV), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA), has been fundamentally improved over the last five decades by the use of glucocorticoids and immunosuppressants, turning them from consistently fatal diseases into chronic conditions. The long-term course is now largely determined by the frequency of disease flares and by accruing damage caused by disease activity and treatment-related comorbidities...
January 12, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079862/extra-neuronal-pathology-in-a-canine-model-of-cln2-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-after-intracerebroventricular-gene-therapy-that-delays-neurological-disease-progression
#17
M L Katz, G C Johnson, S B Leach, B G Williamson, J R Coates, R E H Whiting, D P Vansteenkiste, M S Whitney
CLN2 neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis is a hereditary lysosomal storage disease with primarily neurological signs that results from mutations in TPP1 which encodes the lysosomal enzyme tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (TPP1). Studies using a canine model for this disorder demonstrated that delivery of TPP1 enzyme to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by intracerebroventricular administration of an AAV-TPP1 vector resulted in substantial delays in the onset and progression of neurological signs and prolongation of lifespan...
January 12, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079048/delivering-efficient-liver-directed-aav-mediated-gene-therapy
#18
J Baruteau, S N Waddington, I E Alexander, P Gissen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077133/t1-and-t2-mapping-for-evaluation-of-myocardial-involvement-in-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitides
#19
Simon Greulich, Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Joerg Henes, Hannah Steubing, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
BACKGROUND: Myocardial involvement in AAV patients might be silent, presenting with no or nonspecific symptoms, normal ECG, and preserved left-ventricular ejection fraction (LV-EF). Since up to 50% of deaths in these patients may be due to myocardial involvement, a reliable diagnostic tool is warranted. In contrast to LGE-CMR, which has its strengths in detecting focal inflammatory or fibrotic processes, recent mapping techniques are able to detect even subtle, diffuse inflammatory or fibrotic processes...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076879/igm-antibodies-to-proteinase-3-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-and-microscopic-polyangiitis
#20
J M Clain, A M Hummel, J H Stone, F C Fervenza, G S Hoffman, C G M Kallenberg, C A Langford, W J McCune, P A Merkel, P A Monach, P Seo, R F Spiera, E W St Clair, S R Ytterberg, And U Specks
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) appear to play an important role in the pathogenesis of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Yet, ANCA alone are not sufficient to generate disease, and some evidence suggests that infectious triggers may serve as inciting events for AAV disease activity. Antibodies of the IgM isotype often serve as markers of recent infection, and IgM ANCA have previously been identified in patients with AAV, though the frequency and clinical relevance of IgM ANCA is not well established...
January 11, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
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