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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723893/in-vivo-crispr-screening-identifies-ptpn2-as-a-cancer-immunotherapy-target
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Robert T Manguso, Hans W Pope, Margaret D Zimmer, Flavian D Brown, Kathleen B Yates, Brian C Miller, Natalie B Collins, Kevin Bi, Martin W LaFleur, Vikram R Juneja, Sarah A Weiss, Jennifer Lo, David E Fisher, Diana Miao, Eliezer Van Allen, David E Root, Arlene H Sharpe, John G Doench, W Nicholas Haining
Immunotherapy with PD-1 checkpoint blockade is effective in only a minority of patients with cancer, suggesting that additional treatment strategies are needed. Here we use a pooled in vivo genetic screening approach using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in transplantable tumours in mice treated with immunotherapy to discover previously undescribed immunotherapy targets. We tested 2,368 genes expressed by melanoma cells to identify those that synergize with or cause resistance to checkpoint blockade. We recovered the known immune evasion molecules PD-L1 and CD47, and confirmed that defects in interferon-γ signalling caused resistance to immunotherapy...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723575/crispr-mediated-integration-of-large-gene-cassettes-using-aav-donor-vectors
#2
Rasmus O Bak, Matthew H Porteus
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has recently been shown to facilitate high levels of precise genome editing using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to serve as donor template DNA during homologous recombination (HR). However, the maximum AAV packaging capacity of ∼4.5 kb limits the donor size. Here, we overcome this constraint by showing that two co-transduced AAV vectors can serve as donors during consecutive HR events for the integration of large transgenes. Importantly, the method involves a single-step procedure applicable to primary cells with relevance to therapeutic genome editing...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721587/genetically-engineered-cell-lines-for-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-expression
#3
Qianqian Ji, Caiping Guo, Chen Xie, Yingdan Wu, Pei Zhang, Hui Li, Yongjun Lu
OBJECTIVES: To establish genetically modified cell lines that can produce functional α1-antitrypsin (AAT), by CRISPR/Cas9-assisted homologous recombination. RESULTS: α1-Antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a monogenic heritable disease that often results in lungs and liver damage. Current augmentation therapy is expensive and in short of supply. To develop a safer and more effective therapeutic strategy for AATD, we integrated the AAT gene (SERPINA1, NG_008290.1) into the AAVS1 locus of human cell line HEK293T and assessed the safety and efficacy of CRISPR/Cas9 on producing potential therapeutic cell lines...
July 18, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720717/sting-is-an-essential-mediator-of-the-ku70-mediated-production-of-ifn-%C3%AE-1-in-response-to-exogenous-dna
#4
Hongyan Sui, Ming Zhou, Hiromi Imamichi, Xiaoli Jiao, Brad T Sherman, H Clifford Lane, Tomozumi Imamichi
We previously identified Ku70, a subunit of a DNA repair protein complex, as a cytosolic DNA sensor that induces the production of interferon-λ1 (IFN-λ1) by human primary cells and cell lines. IFN-λ1 is a type III IFN and has similar antiviral activity to that of the type I IFNs (IFN-α and IFN-β). We observed that human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293T cells, which are deficient in the innate immune adaptor protein STING (stimulator of IFN genes), did not produce IFN-λ1 in response to DNA unless they were reconstituted with STING...
July 18, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720704/cytosolic-interaction-of-type-iii-human-cd38-with-cib1-modulates-cellular-cyclic-adp-ribose-levels
#5
Jun Liu, Yong Juan Zhao, Wan Hua Li, Yun Nan Hou, Ting Li, Zhi Ying Zhao, Cheng Fang, Song Lu Li, Hon Cheung Lee
CD38 catalyzes the synthesis of the Ca(2+) messenger, cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR). It is generally considered to be a type II protein with the catalytic domain facing outside. How it can catalyze the synthesis of intracellular cADPR that targets the endoplasmic Ca(2+) stores has not been resolved. We have proposed that CD38 can also exist in an opposite type III orientation with its catalytic domain facing the cytosol. Here, we developed a method using specific nanobodies to immunotarget two different epitopes simultaneously on the catalytic domain of the type III CD38 and firmly established that it is naturally occurring in human multiple myeloma cells...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720677/synthetic-circulating-cell-free-dna-as-quality-control-materials-for-somatic-mutation-detection-in-liquid-biopsy-for-cancer
#6
Rui Zhang, Rongxue Peng, Ziyang Li, Peng Gao, Shiyu Jia, Xin Yang, Jiansheng Ding, Yanxi Han, Jiehong Xie, Jinming Li
BACKGROUND: Detection of somatic genomic alterations in tumor-derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in the plasma is challenging owing to the low concentrations of cfDNA, variable detection methods, and complex workflows. Moreover, no proper quality control materials are available currently. METHODS: We developed a set of synthetic cfDNA quality control materials (SCQCMs) containing spike-in cfDNA on the basis of micrococcal nuclease digestion carrying somatic mutations as simulated cfDNA and matched genomic DNA as genetic background to emulate paired tumor-normal samples in real clinical tests...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718799/zebrafish-as-a-model-organism-for-the-development-of-drugs-for-skin-cancer
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Fatemeh Bootorabi, Hamed Manouchehri, Reza Changizi, Harlan Barker, Elisabetta Palazzo, Annalisa Saltari, Mataleena Parikka, Carlo Pincelli, Ashok Aspatwar
Skin cancer, which includes melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma, represents the most common type of cutaneous malignancy worldwide, and its incidence is expected to rise in the near future. This condition derives from acquired genetic dysregulation of signaling pathways involved in the proliferation and apoptosis of skin cells. The development of animal models has allowed a better understanding of these pathomechanisms, with the possibility of carrying out toxicological screening and drug development. In particular, the zebrafish (Danio rerio) has been established as one of the most important model organisms for cancer research...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718764/crispr-mediated-genetic-interaction-profiling-identifies-rna-binding-proteins-controlling-metazoan-fitness
#8
Adam D Norris, Xicotencatl Gracida, John Calarco
<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times';">Genetic interaction screens have aided our understanding of complex genetic traits,</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'Calibri';"> </span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times';">diseases, and biological pathways. However, approaches for synthetic genetic analysis with</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'Calibri';"> </span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times';">null-alleles in metazoans have not been feasible...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717054/simple-generation-of-hairless-mice-for-in-vivo-imaging
#9
Yoshikazu Hoshino, Seiya Mizuno, Kanako Kato, Saori Mizuno-Iijima, Yoko Tanimoto, Miyuki Ishida, Noriko Kajiwara, Tomoki Sakasai, Yoshihiro Miwa, Satoru Takahashi, Ken-Ichi Yagami, Fumihiro Sugiyama
The in vivo imaging of mice makes it possible to analyze disease progress non-invasively through reporter gene expression. As the removal of hair improves the accuracy of in vivo imaging, gene-modified mice with a reporter gene are often crossed with Hos:HR-1 mutant mice homozygous for the spontaneous Hr(hr) mutation that exhibit a hair loss phenotype. However, it is time consuming to produce mice carrying both the reporter gene and mutant Hr(hr) gene by mating. In addition, there is a risk that genetic background of the gene-modified mice would be altered by mating...
July 18, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716076/klf8-regulates-left-right-asymmetric-patterning-through-modulation-of-kupffer-s-vesicle-morphogenesis-and-spaw-expression
#10
Che-Yi Lin, Ming-Yuan Tsai, Yu-Hsiu Liu, Yu-Fen Lu, Yi-Chung Chen, Yun-Ren Lai, Hsin-Chi Liao, Huang-Wei Lien, Chung-Hsiang Yang, Chang-Jen Huang, Sheng-Ping L Hwang
BACKGROUND: Although vertebrates are bilaterally symmetric organisms, their internal organs are distributed asymmetrically along a left-right axis. Disruption of left-right axis asymmetric patterning often occurs in human genetic disorders. In zebrafish embryos, Kupffer's vesicle, like the mouse node, breaks symmetry by inducing asymmetric expression of the Nodal-related gene, spaw, in the left lateral plate mesoderm (LPM). Spaw then stimulates transcription of itself and downstream genes, including lft1, lft2, and pitx2, specifically in the left side of the diencephalon, heart and LPM...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715414/kinesin-1-promotes-chondrocyte-maintenance-during-skeletal-morphogenesis
#11
Adrian Santos-Ledo, Marina Garcia-Macia, Philip D Campbell, Marta Gronska, Florence L Marlow
During skeletal morphogenesis diverse mechanisms are used to support bone formation. This can be seen in the bones that require a cartilage template for their development. In mammals the cartilage template is removed, but in zebrafish the cartilage template persists and the bone mineralizes around the cartilage scaffold. Remodeling of unmineralized cartilage occurs via planar cell polarity (PCP) mediated cell rearrangements that contribute to lengthening of elements; however, the mechanisms that maintain the chondrocyte template that supports perichondral ossification remain unclear...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714989/correction-of-a-splicing-defect-in-a-mouse-model-of-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-type-1a-using-a-homology-directed-repair-independent-mechanism
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Dwi U Kemaladewi, Eleonora Maino, Elzbieta Hyatt, Huayun Hou, Maylynn Ding, Kara M Place, Xinyi Zhu, Prabhpreet Bassi, Zahra Baghestani, Amit G Deshwar, Daniele Merico, Hui Y Xiong, Brendan J Frey, Michael D Wilson, Evgueni A Ivakine, Ronald D Cohn
Splice-site defects account for about 10% of pathogenic mutations that cause Mendelian diseases. Prevalence is higher in neuromuscular disorders (NMDs), owing to the unusually large size and multi-exonic nature of genes encoding muscle structural proteins. Therapeutic genome editing to correct disease-causing splice-site mutations has been accomplished only through the homology-directed repair pathway, which is extremely inefficient in postmitotic tissues such as skeletal muscle. Here we describe a strategy using nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) to correct a pathogenic splice-site mutation...
July 17, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714864/an-erythroid-specific-atp2b4-enhancer-mediates-red-blood-cell-hydration-and-malaria-susceptibility
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Samuel Lessard, Emily Stern Gatof, Mélissa Beaudoin, Patrick G Schupp, Falak Sher, Adnan Ali, Sukhpal Prehar, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Esther Baena, Jonathan Ledoux, Delvac Oceandy, Daniel E Bauer, Guillaume Lettre
The lack of mechanistic explanations for many genotype-phenotype associations identified by GWAS precludes thorough assessment of their impact on human health. Here, we conducted an expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) mapping analysis in erythroblasts and found erythroid-specific eQTLs for ATP2B4, the main calcium ATPase of red blood cells (rbc). The same SNPs were previously associated with mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) and susceptibility to severe malaria infection. We showed that Atp2b4-/- mice demonstrate increased MCHC, confirming ATP2B4 as the causal gene at this GWAS locus...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714182/rare-coding-variants-in-mapk7-predispose-to-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Wenjie Gao, Chong Chen, Taifeng Zhou, Shulan Yang, Bo Gao, Hang Zhou, Chengjie Lian, Zizhao Wu, Xianjian Qiu, Xiaoming Yang, Esam Alattar, Wentao Liu, Deying Su, Silong Sun, Yulan Chen, Kenneth M C Cheung, Youqiang Song, Keith K D Luk, Danny Chan, Pak Chung Sham, Chao Xing, Chiea Chuen Khor, Gabriel Liu, Junlin Yang, Yubin Deng, Dingjun Hao, Dongsheng Huang, Quan-Zhen Li, Caixia Xu, Peiqiang Su
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a complex genetic disorder characterized by three-dimensional spinal curvatures, affecting 2-3% of school age children, yet the causes underlying AIS are not well understood. Here, we firstly conducted a whole-exome sequencing and linkage analysis on a three-generation Chinese family with autosomal dominant (AD) AIS, then performed targeted sequencing in a discovery cohort comprising 20 AD-AIS families and 86 simplex patients, and finally identified three disease-associated missense variants (c...
July 17, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713348/engineering-strategies-to-decode-and-enhance-the-genomes-of-coral-symbionts
#15
Rachel A Levin, Christian R Voolstra, Shobhit Agrawal, Peter D Steinberg, David J Suggett, Madeleine J H van Oppen
Elevated sea surface temperatures from a severe and prolonged El Niño event (2014-2016) fueled by climate change have resulted in mass coral bleaching (loss of dinoflagellate photosymbionts, Symbiodinium spp., from coral tissues) and subsequent coral mortality, devastating reefs worldwide. Genetic variation within and between Symbiodinium species strongly influences the bleaching tolerance of corals, thus recent papers have called for genetic engineering of Symbiodinium to elucidate the genetic basis of bleaching-relevant Symbiodinium traits...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713249/crispr-cas9-mediated-zebrafish-knock-in-as-a-novel-strategy-to-study-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-development
#16
Gokul Kesavan, Avinash Chekuru, Anja Machate, Michael Brand
The midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) acts as an organizer and controls the fate of neighboring cells to develop into either mesencephalic (midbrain) or metencephalic (hindbrain) cells by secreting signaling molecules like Wnt1 and Fgf8. The zebrafish is an excellent vertebrate model for studying MHB development due to the ease of gene manipulation and the possibility of following cellular dynamics and morphogenetic processes using live imaging. Currently, only very few reporter and/or Cre-driver lines are available to study gene expression at the MHB, hampering the understanding of MHB development, and traditional transgenic technologies using promoter/enhancer fragments or bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-mediated transgenesis often do not faithfully recapitulate endogenous expression patterns...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712503/genome-editing-to-improve-abiotic-stress-responses-in-plants
#17
Yuriko Osakabe, Keishi Osakabe
Targeted modification of specific genes via genome editing is now used routinely to modify plant genomes. In developing new mutations in plant genomes using the widely used CRISPR/Cas9 system, it is important for further use in plant molecular studies and crop breeding that the mutations generated are heritable. To date, several improvements to increase efficiency and specificity have been developed to generate heritable mutations in various plant species. In this chapter, we focus on strategies to improve genome editing technology to increase heritability in plants, and summarize the process used to generate new mutant alleles of environmental stress response genes in plants...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712502/gene-editing-with-talen-and-crispr-cas-in-rice
#18
Honghao Bi, Bing Yang
Engineered, site-specific nucleases induce genomic double-strand DNA breaks and break repair processes enable genome editing in a plethora of eukaryotic genomes. TALENs (transcription activator-like effector nucleases) and CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated proteins) are potent biotechnological tools used for genome editing. In rice, species-tailored editing tools have proven to be efficient and easy to use. Both tools are capable of generating DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in vivo and such breaks can be repaired either by error-prone NHEJ (nonhomologous end joining) that leads to nucleotide insertions or deletions or by HDR (homology-directed repair) if an appropriate exogenous DNA template is provided...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712501/gene-editing-in-polyploid-crops-wheat-camelina-canola-potato-cotton-peanut-sugar-cane-and-citrus
#19
Donald P Weeks
Polyploid crops make up a significant portion of the major food and fiber crops of the world and include wheat, potato, cotton, apple, peanut, citrus, and brassica oilseeds such as rape, canola, and Camelina. The presence of three sets of chromosomes in triploids, four sets in tetraploids, and six sets in hexaploids present significant challenges to conventional plant breeding and, potentially, to efficient use of rapidly emerging gene and genome-editing systems such as zinc finger nucleases, single-stranded oligonucleotides, TALE effector nucleases, and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR/Cas9)...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712499/use-of-crispr-cas9-for-crop-improvement-in-maize-and-soybean
#20
Doane Chilcoat, Zhan-Bin Liu, Jeffry Sander
CRISPR/Cas enables precise improvement of commercially relevant crop species by transgenic and nontransgenic methodologies. We have used CRISPR/Cas with or without DNA repair template in both corn and soybean for a range of applications including enhancing drought tolerance, improving seed oil composition, and endowing herbicide tolerance. Importantly, by pairing CRISPR/Cas technology with recent advances in plant tissue culture, these changes can be introduced directly into commercially relevant genotypes...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
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