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Julien Muffat, Yun Li, Rudolf Jaenisch
In vitro differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells provides a systematic platform to investigate the physiological development and function of the human nervous system, as well as the etiology and consequence when these processes go awry. Recent development in three-dimensional (3D) organotypic culture systems allows modeling of the complex structure formation of the human CNS, and the intricate interactions between various resident neuronal and glial cell types. Combined with an ever-expanding genome editing and regulation toolkit such as CRISPR/Cas9, it is now a possibility to study human neurological disease in the relevant molecular, cellular and anatomical context...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
Nina Xie, He Gong, Joshua A Suhl, Pankaj Chopra, Tao Wang, Stephen T Warren
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a common cause of intellectual disability that is most often due to a CGG-repeat expansion mutation in the FMR1 gene that triggers epigenetic gene silencing. Epigenetic modifying drugs can only transiently and modestly induce FMR1 reactivation in the presence of the elongated CGG repeat. As a proof-of-principle, we excised the expanded CGG-repeat in both somatic cell hybrids containing the human fragile X chromosome and human FXS iPS cells using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. We observed transcriptional reactivation in approximately 67% of the CRISPR cut hybrid colonies and in 20% of isolated human FXS iPSC colonies...
2016: PloS One
Glenn Yiu, Eric Tieu, Anthony T Nguyen, Brittany Wong, Zeljka Smit-McBride
Purpose: To employ type II clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 endonuclease to suppress ocular angiogenesis by genomic disruption of VEGF-A in human RPE cells. Methods: CRISPR sequences targeting exon 1 of human VEGF-A were computationally identified based on predicted Cas9 on- and off-target probabilities. Single guide RNA (gRNA) cassettes with these target sequences were cloned into lentiviral vectors encoding the Streptococcuspyogenes Cas9 endonuclease (SpCas9) gene...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Li-Wa Shao, Rong Niu, Ying Liu
Neurons have a central role in the systemic coordination of mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPR(mt)) and the cell non-autonomous modulation of longevity. However, the mechanism by which the nervous system senses mitochondrial stress and communicates to the distal tissues to induce UPR(mt) remains unclear. Here we employ the tissue-specific CRISPR-Cas9 approach to disrupt mitochondrial function only in the nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans, and reveal a cell non-autonomous induction of UPR(mt) in peripheral cells...
October 21, 2016: Cell Research
Ludovic Enkler, Delphine Richer, Anthony L Marchand, Dominique Ferrandon, Fabrice Jossinet
Among Candida species, the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida glabrata has become the second most common causative agent of candidiasis in the world and a major public health concern. Yet, few molecular tools and resources are available to explore the biology of C. glabrata and to better understand its virulence during infection. In this study, we describe a robust experimental strategy to generate loss-of-function mutants in C. glabrata. The procedure is based on the development of three main tools: (i) a recombinant strain of C...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
In K Cho, Silun Wang, Hui Mao, Anthony Ws Chan
Recent advances in stem cell-based regenerative medicine, cell replacement therapy, and genome editing technologies (i.e. CRISPR-Cas 9) have sparked great interest in in vivo cell monitoring. Molecular imaging promises a unique approach to noninvasively monitor cellular and molecular phenomena, including cell survival, migration, proliferation, and even differentiation at the whole organismal level. Several imaging modalities and strategies have been explored for monitoring cell grafts in vivo. We begin this review with an introduction describing the progress in stem cell technology, with a perspective toward cell replacement therapy...
2016: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Hui-Ju Tsai, Ching-Ping Tseng
Multiple functions of platelets in various physiological and pathological conditions have prompted considerable attention on understanding how platelets are generated and activated. Of the adaptor proteins that are expressed in megakaryocytes and platelets, Disabled-2 (Dab2) has been demonstrated in the past decades as a key regulator of platelet signaling. Dab2 has two alternative splicing isoforms p82 and p59. However, the mode of Dab2's action remains to be clearly defined. In this review, we highlight the current understanding of Dab2 expression and function in megakaryocytic differentiation, platelet activation and integrin signaling...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Ching-Tzu Yen, Meng-Ni Fan, Yung-Li Yang, Sheng-Chieh Chou, I-Shing Yu, Shu-Wha Lin
Hemophilia is the most well-known hereditary bleeding disorder, with an incidence of one in every 5000 to 30,000 males worldwide. The disease is treated by infusion of protein products on demand and as prophylaxis. Although these therapies have been very successful, some challenging and unresolved tasks remain, such as reducing bleeding rates, presence of target joints and/or established joint damage, eliminating the development of inhibitors, and increasing the success rate of immune-tolerance induction (ITI)...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Fan Lin, Liang Dong, Weiming Wang, Yuchen Liu, Weiren Huang, Zhiming Cai
Optogenetic gene expression systems enable spatial-temporal modulation of gene transcription and cell behavior. Although applications in biomedicine are emerging, the utility of optogenetic gene switches remains elusive in cancer research due to the relative low gene activation efficiency. Here, we present an optimized CRISPR-Cas9-based light-inducible gene expression device that controls gene transcription in a dose-dependent manner. To prove the potential utility of this device, P53 was tested as a functional target in the bladder cancer cell models...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
James West, W Warren Gill
Genome editing in large animals has tremendous practical applications, from more accurate models for medical research through improved animal welfare and production efficiency. Although genetic modification in large animals has a 30 year history, until recently technical issues limited its utility. The original methods - pronuclear injection and integrating viruses - were plagued with problems associated with low efficiency, silencing, poor regulation of gene expression, and variability associated with random integration...
June 2016: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
Katsuya Sato, Masashi Kimura, Kazue Sugiyama, Masashi Nishikawa, Yukio Okano, Hitoshi Nagaoka, Takahiro Nagase, Yukio Kitade, Hiroshi Ueda
PLEKHG2/FLJ00018 is a Gβγ-dependent guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the small GTPases Rac and Cdc42 and has been shown to mediate the signaling pathways leading to actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Here we showed that the zinc finger domain-containing protein four-and-a-half LIM domains 1 (FHL1) acts as a novel interaction partner of PLEKHG2 by the yeast two-hybrid system. Among the isoforms of FHL1 (i.e., FHL1A, FHL1B and FHL1C), FHL1A and FHL1B interacted with PLEKHG2. We found that there was an FHL1-binding region at amino acids 58-150 of PLEKHG2...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Worawan B Limpitikul, Ivy E Dick, David Tester, Nicole J Boczek, Pattraranee Limphong, Wanjun Yang, Myoung Hyun Choi, Jennifer Babich, Deborah DiSilvestre, Ronald J Kanter, Gordon F Tomaselli, Michael J Ackerman, David Yue
RATIONALE: Calmodulinopathies comprise a new category of potentially life-threatening genetic arrhythmia syndromes capable of producing severe long QT syndrome (LQTS) with mutations involving either CALM1, CALM2, or CALM3 The underlying basis of this form of LQTS is a disruption of Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent inactivation (CDI) of L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCCs). OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into the mechanistic underpinnings of calmodulinopathies and devise new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of this form of LQTS...
October 20, 2016: Circulation Research
Jeong Hyo Lee, Si Won Kim, Tae Sub Park
Objective: Based on rapid advancement of genetic modification techniques, genomic editing is expected to become the most efficient tool for improvement of economic traits in livestock as well as poultry. In this study, we examined and verified the nickase of mutated CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) to modulate the specific target gene in chicken DF1 cells. Methods: Chicken myostatin which inhibits muscle cell growth and differentiation during myogenesis was targeted to be deleted and mutated by the Cas9-D10A nickase...
October 19, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Walter H Moos, Carl A Pinkert, Michael H Irwin, Douglas V Faller, Krishna Kodukula, Ioannis P Glavas, Kosta Steliou
Preclinical Research Approximately 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates used the word herpes as a medical term to describe lesions that appeared to creep or crawl on the skin, advocating heat as a possible treatment. During the last 50 years, pharmaceutical research has made great strides, and therapeutic options have expanded to include small molecule antiviral agents, protease inhibitors, preventive vaccines for a handful of the papillomaviruses, and even cures for hepatitis C virus infections. However, effective treatments for persistent and recurrent viral infections, particularly the highly prevalent herpesviruses, continue to represent a significant unmet medical need, affecting the majority of the world's population...
October 20, 2016: Drug Development Research
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
Konstantinos Tzelepis, Hiroko Koike-Yusa, Etienne De Braekeleer, Yilong Li, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Oliver M Dovey, Annalisa Mupo, Vera Grinkevich, Meng Li, Milena Mazan, Malgorzata Gozdecka, Shuhei Ohnishi, Jonathan Cooper, Miten Patel, Thomas McKerrell, Bin Chen, Ana Filipa Domingues, Paolo Gallipoli, Sarah Teichmann, Hannes Ponstingl, Ultan McDermott, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Brian J P Huntly, Francesco Iorio, Cristina Pina, George S Vassiliou, Kosuke Yusa
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis, for which mainstream treatments have not changed for decades. To identify additional therapeutic targets in AML, we optimize a genome-wide clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) screening platform and use it to identify genetic vulnerabilities in AML cells. We identify 492 AML-specific cell-essential genes, including several established therapeutic targets such as DOT1L, BCL2, and MEN1, and many other genes including clinically actionable candidates...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Kara W Moyes, Nicole Ap Lieberman, Shannon A Kreuser, Harrison Chinn, Conrad Winter, Gail Deutsch, Virginia Hoglund, Reid Watson, Courtney A Crane
In spite of their successes against hematologic malignancies, immunotherapeutic interventions for the treatment of patients with glioblastoma (GBM) have thus far been unsuccessful. This is in part due to the presence of a tumor microenvironment that fosters neoplastic growth and protects the tumor from destruction by the immune system. We have developed a novel genetically engineered macrophage-based platform with the potential to minimize the effects of the suppressive tumor microenvironment and improve innate and adaptive anti-tumor immune responses...
October 19, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
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
Ji Luo
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October 15, 2016: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
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