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Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Sachiko Kashojiya, Saori Kamimura, Takato Kameyama, Tohru Ariizumi, Hiroshi Ezura, Kenji Miura
Genome editing technology using artificial nucleases, including zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN), and clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9, can mutagenize the target sites of genes of interest. This technology has been successfully applied in several crops, including the Solanaceae plants, such as tomato, potato, tobacco, and petunia. Among the three nucleases, CRISPR-Cas9 is the best for breeding, crop improvement, and the functional analysis of genes of interest, because of its simplicity and high efficiency...
March 2, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Soo-Young Yum, Ki-Young Youn, Woo-Jae Choi, Goo Jang
The production of transgenic farm animals (e.g., cattle) via genome engineering for the gain or loss of gene functions is an important undertaking. In the initial stages of genome engineering, DNA micro-injection into one-cell stage embryos (zygotes) followed by embryo transfer into a recipient was performed because of the ease of the procedure. However, as this approach resulted in severe mosaicism and has a low efficiency, it is not typically employed in the cattle as priority, unlike in mice. To overcome the above issue with micro-injection in cattle, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) was introduced and successfully used to produce cloned livestock...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Damiana Leo, Ilya Sukhanov, Francesca Zoratto, Placido Illiano, Lucia Caffino, Fabrizio Sanna, Giulia Messa, Marco Emanuele, Alessandro Esposito, Maria Dorofeikova, Evgeny A Budygin, Liudmila Mus, Evgenia E Efimova, Marco Niello, Stefano Espinoza, Tatyana D Sotnikova, Marius C Hoener, Gianni Laviola, Fabio Fumagalli, Walter Adriani, Raul R Gainetdinov
Dopamine (DA) controls many vital physiological functions and is critically involved in several neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The major function of the plasma membrane dopamine transporter (DAT) is the rapid uptake of released DA into presynaptic nerve terminals leading to control of both the extracellular levels of DA and the intracellular stores of DA. Here, we present a newly developed strain of rats (DAT-knockout, DAT-KO rats) in which the gene encoding the DAT has been disrupted by using zinc finger nuclease technology (ZFN)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Yichun Bai, Yang Liu, Zhenlei Su, Yana Ma, Chonghua Ren, Runzhen Zhao, Hong-Long Ji
Respiratory diseases, which are leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the world, are dysfunctions of the nasopharynx, the trachea, the bronchus, the lung and the pleural cavity. Symptoms of chronic respiratory diseases, such as cough, sneezing and difficulty breathing, may seriously affect the productivity, sleep quality and physical and mental well-being of patients, and patients with acute respiratory diseases may have difficulty breathing, anoxia and even life-threatening respiratory failure. Respiratory diseases are generally heterogeneous, with multifaceted causes including smoking, ageing, air pollution, infection and gene mutations...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Faezeh Sabzehei, Shirin Kouhpayeh, Mansoureh Shahbazi Dastjerdeh, Hossein Khanahmad, Rasoul Salehi, Shamsi Naderi, Razieh Taghizadeh, Parisa Rabiei, Zahra Hejazi, Laleh Shariati
Background: Gene editing technology has created a revolution in the field of genome editing. The three of the most famous tools in gene editing technology are zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), and CRISPR-associated systems. As their predictable nature, it is necessary to assess their efficiency. There are some methods for this purpose, but most of them are time labor and complicated...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
J A Cota-Coronado, S Sandoval-Ávila, Y P Gaytan-Dávila, N F Diaz, B Vega-Ruiz, E Padilla-Camberos, N E Díaz-Martínez
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. It is characterised by selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, which results in dopamine depletion, leading to a number of motor and non-motor symptoms. DEVELOPMENT: In recent years, the development of new animal models using nuclease-based genome-editing technology (ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases) has enabled the introduction of custom-made modifications into the genome to replicate key features of PD, leading to significant advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease...
November 28, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Moses Okee, Alice Bayiyana, Carol Musubika, Moses L Joloba, Fred Ashaba-Katabazi, Bernard Bagaya, Misaki Wayengera
Efficiency of artificial restriction enzymes toward curing HIV has only been separately examined, using differing delivery vehicles. We compared the in vitro transduction and target-mutagenesis efficiency of consortium plasmid and adenoviral vector delivered HIV-1 pol gene targeting zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) with CRISPR/Cas, Custom-ZFN, CRISPR-Cas-9, and plasmids and vectors (murCTSD_pZFN, pGS-U-gRNA, pCMV-Cas-D01A, Ad5-RGD); cell lines (TZM-bl and ACH-2/J-Lat cells); and the latency reversing agents prostratin, suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, and phorbol myristate acetate...
January 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Seungjib Jeon, Jong-Min Lim, Hyung-Gwan Lee, Sung-Eun Shin, Nam Kyu Kang, Youn-Il Park, Hee-Mock Oh, Won-Joong Jeong, Byeong-Ryool Jeong, Yong Keun Chang
Genome editing techniques are critical for manipulating genes not only to investigate their functions in biology but also to improve traits for genetic engineering in biotechnology. Genome editing has been greatly facilitated by engineered nucleases, dubbed molecular scissors, including zinc-finger nuclease (ZFN), TAL effector endonuclease (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced palindromic sequences (CRISPR)/Cas9. In particular, CRISPR/Cas9 has revolutionized genome editing fields with its simplicity, efficiency and accuracy compared to previous nucleases...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Juan C Ramirez
A few years ago, we assisted in the demonstration for the first time of the revolutionary idea of a type of adaptive-immune system in the bacteria kingdom. This system, named CRISPR, and variants engineered in the lab, have been demonstrated as functional with extremely high frequency and fidelity in almost all eukaryotic cells studied to date. The capabilities of this RNA-guided nuclease have added to the interest that was announced with the advent of previous technologies for genome editing tools, such as ZFN and TALEN...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Anastasia Zotova, Elena Lopatukhina, Alexander Filatov, Musa Khaitov, Dmitriy Mazurov
Programmable endonucleases introduce DNA breaks at specific sites, which are repaired by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) or homology recombination (HDR). Genome editing in human lymphoid cells is challenging as these difficult-to-transfect cells may also inefficiently repair DNA by HDR. Here, we estimated efficiencies and dynamics of knockout (KO) and knockin (KI) generation in human T and B cell lines depending on repair template, target loci and types of genomic endonucleases. Using zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), we have engineered Jurkat and CEM cells with the 8...
November 2, 2017: Viruses
Jinxue Ruan, Jie Xu, Ruby Yanru Chen-Tsai, Kui Li
Genome editing is a powerful technology that can efficiently alter the genome of organisms to achieve targeted modification of endogenous genes and targeted integration of exogenous genes. Current genome-editing tools mainly include ZFN, TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9, which have been successfully applied to all species tested including zebrafish, humans, mice, rats, monkeys, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and others. The application of genome editing has quickly swept through the entire biomedical field, including livestock breeding...
December 2017: Transgenic Research
Yu Gao, Jiahui Liu, Xin Wang, Dong Liu
The increasing number of genetic manipulation approaches and high-resolution live imaging technique applied in zebrafish have propelled the rise of this organism as a mainstream model for developmental biology and human diseases studies. Zebrafish has many advantages for functional genomics analysis, allowing for easy, cheap and fast functional characterization of novel genes in the vertebrate genome. Here we provide an overview of the principles of genetic manipulation in zebrafish, such as Ethylnitrosourea (ENU) mutagenesis, insertional mutagenesis, gene trapping mutagenesis, Morpholino mediated gene knockdown, targeting induced local lesions in genomes (TILLING), genome editing with engineered nucleases ZFN (Zinc finger nuclease), TALEN (Transcription activator-like effector nuclease) and CRISPR/Cas9 system, and transgenic methods used in zebrafish...
October 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
Zhen Liu, Yijun Cai, Qiang Sun
Non-human primates would be particularly valuable in life sciences and biomedical research area. Gene-modified monkeys with gene overexpression or loss of function have been successfully generated with the rapid advance in gene manipulation technology such as lentivirus infection and programmable nucleases (ZFN, TALEN, CRISPR-Cas9). Here we review the recent development on gene-modified monkey generation by lentivirus and programmable nucleases. Then we discuss three concerns, the long time for sexual maturation, the off target and the mosaicism of founders, which limit the wide application of gene-modified non-human-primates...
October 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
Mehran Modares Sadeghi, Laleh Shariati, Zahra Hejazi, Mansoureh Shahbazi, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Hossein Khanahmad
β-thalassemia is a common autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a deficiency in the synthesis of β-chains. Evidences show that increased HbF levels improve the symptoms in patients with β-thalassemia or sickle cell anemia. In this study, ZFN technology was applied to induce a mutation in the binding domain region of SOX6 to reactivate γ-globin expression. The sequences coding for ZFP arrays were designed and sub cloned in TDH plus as a transfer vector. The ZFN expression was confirmed using Western blot analysis...
March 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Bo Zhu, Wei Ge
There have been revolutionary progresses in genome engineering in the past few years. The newly-emerged genome editing technologies including zinc-finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats associated with Cas9 (CRISPR/Cas9) have enabled biological scientists to perform efficient and precise targeted genome editing in different species. Fish represent the largest group of vertebrates with many species having values for both scientific research and aquaculture industry...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Zhepeng Liu, Shuliang Chen, Xu Jin, Qiankun Wang, Kongxiang Yang, Chenlin Li, Qiaoqiao Xiao, Panpan Hou, Shuai Liu, Shaoshuai Wu, Wei Hou, Yong Xiong, Chunyan Kong, Xixian Zhao, Li Wu, Chunmei Li, Guihong Sun, Deyin Guo
BACKGROUND: The main approach to treat HIV-1 infection is combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Although cART is effective in reducing HIV-1 viral load and controlling disease progression, it has many side effects, and is expensive for HIV-1 infected patients who must remain on lifetime treatment. HIV-1 gene therapy has drawn much attention as studies of genome editing tools have progressed. For example, zinc finger nucleases (ZFN), transcription activator like effector nucleases (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 have been utilized to successfully disrupt the HIV-1 co-receptors CCR5 or CXCR4, thereby restricting HIV-1 infection...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
Begoña Diez, Pietro Genovese, Francisco J Roman-Rodriguez, Lara Alvarez, Giulia Schiroli, Laura Ugalde, Sandra Rodriguez-Perales, Julian Sevilla, Cristina Diaz de Heredia, Michael C Holmes, Angelo Lombardo, Luigi Naldini, Juan Antonio Bueren, Paula Rio
Gene targeting constitutes a new step in the development of gene therapy for inherited diseases. Although previous studies have shown the feasibility of editing fibroblasts from Fanconi anemia (FA) patients, here we aimed at conducting therapeutic gene editing in clinically relevant cells, such as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). In our first experiments, we showed that zinc finger nuclease (ZFN)-mediated insertion of a non-therapeutic EGFP-reporter donor in the AAVS1 "safe harbor" locus of FA-A lymphoblastic cell lines (LCLs), indicating that FANCA is not essential for the editing of human cells...
November 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
John P Davies, Sandeep Kumar, Lakshmi Sastry-Dent
Over the past two decades, new technologies enabling targeted modification of plant genomes have been developed. Among these are zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) which are composed of engineered zinc-finger DNA-binding domains fused with a nuclease, generally the FokI nuclease. The zinc-finger domains are composed of a series of four to six 30 amino acid domains that can bind to trinucleotide sequences giving the entire DNA-binding domain specificity to 12-18 nucleotides. Since the FokI nuclease functions as a dimer, pairs of zinc-finger domains are designed to bind upstream and downstream of the cut site which increases the specificity of the complete ZFN to 24-36 nucleotides...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Alexander Kwarteng, Samuel Terkper Ahuno, Godwin Kwakye-Nuako
Current treatment for HIV-1 largely relies on chemotherapy through the administration of antiretroviral drugs. While the search for anti-HIV-1 vaccine remain elusive, the use of highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) have been far-reaching and has changed HIV-1 into a manageable chronic infection. There is compelling evidence, including several side-effects of ARTs, suggesting that eradication of HIV-1 cannot depend solely on antiretrovirals. Gene therapy, an expanding treatment strategy, using RNA interference (RNAi) and programmable nucleases such as meganuclease, zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN), and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas9) are transforming the therapeutic landscape of HIV-1...
July 14, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
Takuya Tsubota, Hideki Sezutsu
Silkworm is a lepidopteran insect that has been used as a model for a wide variety of biological studies. The microinjection technique is available and it is possible to cause transgenesis as well as target gene disruption via the genome editing technique. TALEN-mediated knock-out is especially effective in this species. We also succeeded in the precise and efficient integration of a donor vector using the Precise Integration into Target Chromosome (PITCh) method. Here, we describe protocols for ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing as well as the PITCh technique in the silkworm...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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