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Steven J Kleene, Nancy K Kleene
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common life-threatening monogenic renal disease. ADPKD results from mutations in either of two proteins: polycystin-1 (also known as PC1 or PKD1) or transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily P, member 2 (TRPP2, also known as polycystin-2, PC2, or PKD2). Each of these proteins is expressed in the primary cilium that extends from many renal epithelial cells. Existing evidence suggests that the cilium can promote renal cystogenesis, while PC1 and TRPP2 counter this cystogenic effect...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
John M Hinz, Marian F Laughery, John J Wyrick
Nucleosomes affect Cas9 binding and activity at on-target sites, but their impact at off-target sites is unknown. To investigate how nucleosomes affect Cas9 cleavage at off-target sites in vitro, we used a single guide RNA (sgRNA) that has been previously shown to efficiently direct Cas9 cleavage at the edge of the strongly positioned 601 nucleosome. Our data indicate that single mismatches between the sgRNA and DNA target have relatively little effect on Cas9 cleavage of naked DNA substrates, but strongly inhibit cleavage of nucleosome substrates, particularly when the mismatch is in the sgRNA 'seed' region...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Xiaolong Wang, Bei Cai, Jiankui Zhou, Haijing Zhu, Yiyuan Niu, Baohua Ma, Honghao Yu, Anmin Lei, Hailong Yan, Qiaoyan Shen, Lei Shi, Xiaoe Zhao, Jinlian Hua, Xingxu Huang, Lei Qu, Yulin Chen
Precision genetic engineering accelerates the genetic improvement of livestock for agriculture and biomedicine. We have recently reported our success in producing gene-modified goats using the CRISPR/Cas9 system through microinjection of Cas9 mRNA and sgRNAs targeting the MSTN and FGF5 genes in goat embryos. By investigating the influence of gene modification on the phenotypes of Cas9-mediated goats, we herein demonstrate that the utility of this approach involving the disruption of FGF5 results in increased number of second hair follicles and enhanced fiber length in Cas9-mediated goats, suggesting more cashmere will be produced...
2016: PloS One
Kristin Nicole Harper
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October 14, 2016: AIDS
Iliana Serifi, Eleni Tzima, Katerina Soupsana, Zoe Karetsou, Dimitris Beis, Thomais Papamarcaki
The oncoprotein SET/I2PP2A participates in various cellular mechanisms such as transcription, cell cycle regulation and cell migration. SET is also an inhibitor of the serine/threonine phosphatase PP2A, which is involved in the regulation of cell homeostasis. In zebrafish there are two paralogous set genes that encode Seta (269 aa) and Setb (275 aa) proteins which share 94% identity. We show here that seta and set b are similarly expressed in the eye, the otic vesicle, the brain and the lateral line system, as indicated by in situ hybridization labeling...
October 17, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Karima Ait-Aissa, Joseph Hockenberry, David Gutterman, Aron Geurts, Andreas Beyer
OBJECTIVE: Flow mediated dilation (FMD) is the most physiological relevant form of endothelial-mediated vasodilation. Our laboratory has previously shown that telomerase, a ribo-nucleoprotein that counteracts telomere shortening, has a protective effect on endothelial function under conditions of oxidative stress in the human microcirculation. In the presence of coronary artery disease, decreased telomerase activity contributes to a shift in the mediator of FMD from atheroprotective nitric oxide (NO) to pro-inflammatory and atherogenic hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mathias Klein, Martina Carrillo, Joeline Xiberras, Zia-Ul Islam, Steve Swinnen, Elke Nevoigt
One advantage of using glycerol as a carbon source for industrial bioprocesses is its higher degree of reduction compared to glucose. In order to exploit this reducing power for the production of reduced compounds thereby significantly increasing maximum theoretical yields, the electrons derived from glycerol oxidation must first be saved in the form of cytosolic NAD(P)H. However, the industrial platform organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae naturally uses a FAD-dependent pathway for glycerol catabolism transferring the electrons to the respiratory chain...
October 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
A Harrod, J Fulton, V T M Nguyen, M Periyasamy, L Ramos-Garcia, C-F Lai, G Metodieva, A de Giorgio, R L Williams, D B Santos, P J Gomez, M-L Lin, M V Metodiev, J Stebbing, L Castellano, L Magnani, R C Coombes, L Buluwela, S Ali
Drugs that inhibit estrogen receptor-α (ER) activity have been highly successful in treating and reducing breast cancer progression in ER-positive disease. However, resistance to these therapies presents a major clinical problem. Recent genetic studies have shown that mutations in the ER gene are found in >20% of tumours that progress on endocrine therapies. Remarkably, the great majority of these mutations localize to just a few amino acids within or near the critical helix 12 region of the ER hormone binding domain, where they are likely to be single allele mutations...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
Bastian Minkenberg, Kabin Xie, Yinong Yang
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (Cas9) system depends on a guide RNA (gRNA) to specify its target. By efficiently co-expressing multiple gRNAs that target different genomic sites, the polycistronic tRNA-gRNA gene (PTG) strategy enables multiplex gene editing in the family of closely related rice mitogen-activated protein kinase (MPK) genes. In this study, we identified MPK1 and MPK6 (Arabidopsis AtMPK6 and AtMPK4 orthologues, respectively) as essential genes for rice development by finding the preservation of MPK functional alleles and normal phenotypes in CRISPR-edited mutants...
October 16, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Kristin M Whitworth, Joshua A Benne, Lee D Spate, Stephanie L Murphy, Melissa S Samuel, Clifton N Murphy, Jürgen A Richt, Eric Walters, Randall S Prather, Kevin D Wells
The CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tool has increased the efficiency of creating genetically modified pigs for use as biomedical or agricultural models. The objectives were to determine if DNA editing resulted in a delay in development to the blastocyst stage or in a skewing of the sex ratio. Six DNA templates (gBlocks) that were designed to express guide RNAs that target the transmembrane protease, serine S1, member 2 (TMPRSS2) gene were in vitro transcribed. Pairs of CRISPR guide RNAs that flanked the start codon and polyadenylated Cas9 were co-injected into the cytoplasm of zygotes and cultured in vitro to the blastocyst stage...
October 15, 2016: Transgenic Research
Florian Richter, Ines Fonfara, Boris Bouazza, Charlotte Helene Schumacher, Majda Bratovič, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Andreas Möglich
Sensory photoreceptors have enabled non-invasive and spatiotemporal control of numerous biological processes. Photoreceptor engineering has expanded the repertoire beyond natural receptors, but to date no generally applicable strategy exists towards constructing light-regulated protein actuators of arbitrary function. We hence explored whether the homodimeric Rhodobacter sphaeroides light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain (RsLOV) that dissociates upon blue-light exposure can confer light sensitivity onto effector proteins, via a mechanism of light-induced functional site release...
October 15, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Yan Li, Jie Zhang, Dafeng Chen, Pengcheng Yang, Feng Jiang, Xianhui Wang, Le Kang
Locusts are important agricultural pests worldwide and regarded as study models for entomology. However, the absence of targeted gene manipulation systems for locusts has restricted their applications for research. Herein, we report the successful use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system to induce a targeted heritable mutagenesis of the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria. The target sequence of gRNA was designed to disrupt the gene encoding the odorant receptor co-receptor (Orco) and examine the roles of the odorant receptor pathway in the locust...
October 12, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Tetsuya Ishii
Genome editing based on site-directed nucleases facilitated efficient and versatile genetic modifications in human cells. However, recent reports, demonstrating CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing in human embryos have raised profound concerns worldwide. This commentary explores the clinical justification and feasibility of reproductive medicine using germline genome editing. Despite the perceived utility of reproductive medicine for treating intractable infertility, it is difficult to justify germline genome editing from the perspective of the prospective child...
October 5, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Shenzhao Lu, Jiawei Zhou
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder affecting millions of people worldwide, but its cause and pathogenesis are still not fully understood. Earlier studies have shown that SNCA, which encodes α-synuclein, is one of the key genes associated with PD. Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) variants of SNCA are thought to be correlated with disease onset. The underlying mechanisms however are enigmatic. A recent study published in Nature revealed that one of the SNP variants in the SNCA non-coding element elevated α-synuclein expression in human neurons by reducing the binding efficiency of transcription factors, demonstrating a previously uncharted role for SNPs in the pathogenesis of PD...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience Bulletin
Yuda Wei, Yan Qiu, Yanhao Chen, Gaigai Liu, Yongxian Zhang, Luwei Xu, Qiurong Ding
Multiplex genome engineering in vivo with CRISPR/Cas9 shows great promise as a potential therapeutic approach. The ability to incorporate multiple single guide RNA (sgRNA) cassettes together with Cas9 gene expression in one AAV vector could greatly enhance the efficiency. In a recent Method article, Mefferd et al indicated that small tRNA promoters could be used to drive sgRNA expression to facilitate the construction of a more effective AAV vector. In contrast, we found that when targeting endogenous genomic loci, CRISPR/Cas9 with tRNA promoter-driven sgRNA expression showed much reduced genome editing activity, compared with significant cleavage with U6 promoter-driven sgRNA expression...
October 14, 2016: RNA
Tsuyoshi Momose, Jean-Paul Concordet
More and more genomes are sequenced and a great range of biological questions can be examined at the genomic level in a growing number of organisms. Testing the function of genome features, from gene networks, genome organization, conserved non-coding sequences to microRNAs, and, more generally, experimentally addressing the genotype-phenotype relationship is now possible owing to the clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 revolution of genome editing. In the present review, we give a brief overview of the CRISPR/Cas9 toolbox and different strategies for genome editing currently available...
October 11, 2016: Marine Genomics
Ayman Eid, Magdy M Mahfouz
Molecular scissors engineered for site-specific modification of the genome hold great promise for effective functional analyses of genes, genomes and epigenomes and could improve our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of disease states and facilitate novel therapeutic applications. Several platforms for molecular scissors that enable targeted genome engineering have been developed, including zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and, most recently, clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated-9 (Cas9)...
October 14, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Thomas Naert, Robin Colpaert, Tom Van Nieuwenhuysen, Dionysia Dimitrakopoulou, Jannick Leoen, Jurgen Haustraete, Annekatrien Boel, Wouter Steyaert, Trees Lepez, Dieter Deforce, Andy Willaert, David Creytens, Kris Vleminckx
Retinoblastoma is a pediatric eye tumor in which bi-allelic inactivation of the Retinoblastoma 1 (RB1) gene is the initiating genetic lesion. Although recently curative rates of retinoblastoma have increased, there are at this time no molecular targeted therapies available. This is, in part, due to the lack of highly penetrant and rapid retinoblastoma animal models that facilitate rapid identification of targets that allow therapeutic intervention. Different mouse models are available, all based on genetic deactivation of both Rb1 and Retinoblastoma-like 1 (Rbl1), and each showing different kinetics of retinoblastoma development...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xiaotang Hu
Since 2012, the CRISPR-Cas9 system has been quickly and successfully tested in a broad range of organisms and cells including hematopoietic cells. The application of CRISPR-Cas9 in human hematopoietic cells mainly involves the genes responsible for HIV infection, β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease (SCD). The successful disruption of CCR5 and CXCR4 genes in T cells by CRISPR-Cas9 promotes the prospect of the technology in the functional cure of HIV. More recently, eliminating CCR5 and CXCR4 in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from patients and targeting the HIV genome have been successfully carried out in several laboratories...
October 2, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Hong-Hao Yu, Heng Zhao, Yu-Bo Qing, Wei-Rong Pan, Bao-Yu Jia, Hong-Ye Zhao, Xing-Xu Huang, Hong-Jiang Wei
Dystrophinopathy, including Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscle dystrophy (BMD) is an incurable X-linked hereditary muscle dystrophy caused by a mutation in the DMD gene in coding dystrophin. Advances in further understanding DMD/BMD for therapy are expected. Studies on mdx mice and dogs with muscle dystrophy provide limited insight into DMD disease mechanisms and therapeutic testing because of the different pathological manifestations. Miniature pigs share similar physiology and anatomy with humans and are thus an excellent animal model of human disease...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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