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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340349/structure-reveals-mechanisms-of-viral-suppressors-that-intercept-a-crispr-rna-guided-surveillance-complex
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Saikat Chowdhury, Joshua Carter, MaryClare F Rollins, Sarah M Golden, Ryan N Jackson, Connor Hoffmann, Lyn'Al Nosaka, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Karen L Maxwell, Alan R Davidson, Elizabeth R Fischer, Gabriel C Lander, Blake Wiedenheft
Genetic conflict between viruses and their hosts drives evolution and genetic innovation. Prokaryotes evolved CRISPR-mediated adaptive immune systems for protection from viral infection, and viruses have evolved diverse anti-CRISPR (Acr) proteins that subvert these immune systems. The adaptive immune system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (type I-F) relies on a 350 kDa CRISPR RNA (crRNA)-guided surveillance complex (Csy complex) to bind foreign DNA and recruit a trans-acting nuclease for target degradation. Here, we report the cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the Csy complex bound to two different Acr proteins, AcrF1 and AcrF2, at an average resolution of 3...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339613/a-nonsense-mutation-in-ccdc62-gene-is-responsible-for-spermiogenesis-defects-and-male-infertility-in-repro29-repro29-mice%C3%A2
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Yuchi Li, Cailing Li, Shouren Lin, Bo Yang, Weiren Huang, Hanwei Wu, Yuanbin Chen, Lihua Yang, Manling Luo, Huan Guo, Jianbo Chen, Tiantian Wang, Qian Ma, Yanli Gu, Lisha Mou, Zhimao Jiang, Jun Xia, Yaoting Gui
Phenotype-driven mutagenesis is an unbiased method to identify novel genes involved in spermatogenesis and other reproductive processes. Male repro29/repro29 mice generated by the Reproductive Genomics Program at the Jackson Laboratory were infertile with deformed sperm and poor motility. Using selected exonic capture and massively parallel sequencing technologies, we identified a nonsense mutation in the exon 6 of coiled-coil domain-containing 62 gene (Ccdc62), which results in a formation of a premature stop codon and a truncated protein...
January 28, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335032/allele-specific-ablation-rescues-electrophysiological-abnormalities-in-a-human-ips-cell-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-with-a-calm2-mutation
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Yuta Yamamoto, Takeru Makiyama, Takeshi Harita, Kenichi Sasaki, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Mamoru Hayano, Suguru Nishiuchi, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Fumika Yokoi, Taisuke Ishikawa, Seiko Ohno, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Hideki Motomura, Yoshinori Yoshida, Minoru Horie, Naomasa Makita, Takeshi Kimura
Background: Calmodulin is a ubiquitous Ca 2+ sensor molecule encoded by three distinct calmodulin genes, CALM1-3 . Recently, mutations in CALM1-3 have been reported to be associated with severe early-onset long-QT syndrome (LQTS). However, the underlying mechanism through which heterozygous calmodulin mutations lead to severe LQTS remains unknown, particularly in human cardiomyocytes. Objectives: We aimed to establish an LQTS disease model associated with a CALM2 mutation (LQT15) using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and to assess mutant allele-specific ablation by genome editing for the treatment of LQT15...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335001/fastkd1-and-fastkd4-have-opposite-effects-on-expression-of-specific-mitochondrial-rnas-depending-upon-their-endonuclease-like-rap-domain
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Erik Boehm, Sofia Zaganelli, Kinsey Maundrell, Alexis A Jourdain, Stéphane Thore, Jean-Claude Martinou
FASTK family proteins have been identified as regulators of mitochondrial RNA homeostasis linked to mitochondrial diseases, but much remains unknown about these proteins. We show that CRISPR-mediated disruption of FASTKD1 increases ND3 mRNA level, while disruption of FASTKD4 reduces the level of ND3 and of other mature mRNAs including ND5 and CYB, and causes accumulation of ND5-CYB precursor RNA. Disrupting both FASTKD1 and FASTKD4 in the same cell results in decreased ND3 mRNA similar to the effect of depleting FASTKD4 alone, indicating that FASTKD4 loss is epistatic...
March 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334928/functional-assessment-of-ctcf-sites-at-cytokine-sensing-mammary-enhancers-using-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-in-mice
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Hye Kyung Lee, Michaela Willi, Chaochen Wang, Chul Min Yang, Harold E Smith, Chengyu Liu, Lothar Hennighausen
The zinc finger protein CTCF has been invoked in establishing boundaries between genes, thereby controlling spatial and temporal enhancer activities. However, there is limited genetic evidence to support the concept that these boundaries restrict the search space of enhancers. We have addressed this question in the casein locus containing five mammary and two non-mammary genes under the control of at least seven putative enhancers. We have identified two CTCF binding sites flanking the locus and two associated with a super-enhancer...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334865/structure-of-human-pofut1-its-requirement-in-ligand-independent-oncogenic-notch-signaling-and-functional-effects-of-dowling-degos-mutations
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Brian J McMillan, Brandon Zimmerman, Emily D Egan, Michael Lofgren, Xiang Xu, Anthony Hesser, Stephen C Blacklow
Protein O-fucosyltransferase-1 (POFUT1), which transfers fucose residues to acceptor sites on serine and threonine residues of epidermal growth factor-like repeats of recipient proteins, is essential for Notch signal transduction in mammals. Here, we examine the consequences of POFUT1 loss on the oncogenic signaling associated with certain leukemia-associated mutations of human Notch1, report the structures of human POFUT1 in free and GDP-fucose bound states, and assess the effects of Dowling-Degos mutations on human POFUT1 function...
March 17, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334828/flexible-crispr-library-construction-using-parallel-oligonucleotide-retrieval
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Abigail Read, Shaojian Gao, Eric Batchelor, Ji Luo
CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockout libraries have emerged as a powerful tool for functional screens. We present here a set of pre-designed human and mouse sgRNA sequences that are optimized for both high on-target potency and low off-target effect. To maximize the chance of target gene inactivation, sgRNAs were curated to target both 5΄ constitutive exons and exons that encode conserved protein domains. We describe here a robust and cost-effective method to construct multiple small sized CRISPR library from a single oligo pool generated by array synthesis using parallel oligonucleotide retrieval...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334774/high-tolerance-to-self-targeting-of-the-genome-by-the-endogenous-crispr-cas-system-in-an-archaeon
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Aris-Edda Stachler, Israela Turgeman-Grott, Ella Shtifman-Segal, Thorsten Allers, Anita Marchfelder, Uri Gophna
CRISPR-Cas systems allow bacteria and archaea to acquire sequence-specific immunity against selfish genetic elements such as viruses and plasmids, by specific degradation of invader DNA or RNA. However, this involves the risk of autoimmunity if immune memory against host DNA is mistakenly acquired. Such autoimmunity has been shown to be highly toxic in several bacteria and is believed to be one of the major costs of maintaining these defense systems. Here we generated an experimental system in which a non-essential gene, required for pigment production and the reddish colony color, is targeted by the CRISPR-Cas I-B system of the halophilic archaeon Haloferax volcanii...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334759/highly-efficient-biallelic-genome-editing-of-human-es-ips-cells-using-a-crispr-cas9-or-talen-system
#9
Kazuo Takayama, Keisuke Igai, Yasuko Hagihara, Rina Hashimoto, Morifumi Hanawa, Tetsushi Sakuma, Masashi Tachibana, Fuminori Sakurai, Takashi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Genome editing research of human ES/iPS cells has been accelerated by clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN) technologies. However, the efficiency of biallelic genetic engineering in transcriptionally inactive genes is still low, unlike that in transcriptionally active genes. To enhance the biallelic homologous recombination efficiency in human ES/iPS cells, we performed screenings of accessorial genes and compounds...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334154/ethical-issues-of-crispr-technology-and-gene-editing-through-the-lens-of-solidarity
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John J Mulvihill, Benjamin Capps, Yann Joly, Tamra Lysaght, Hub A E Zwart, Ruth Chadwick
Background: The avalanche of commentaries on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a bacterial immune system modified to recognize any short DNA sequence, cut it out, and insert a new one, has rekindled hopes for gene therapy and other applications and raised criticisms of engineering genes in future generations. Sources of data: This discussion draws on articles that emphasize ethics, identified partly through PubMed and Google, 2014-2016. Areas of agreement: CRISPR-Cas9 has taken the pace and prospects for genetic discovery and applications to a high level, stoking anticipation for somatic gene engineering to help patients...
February 23, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334141/distribution-of-antimicrobial-resistance-determinants-virulence-associated-factors-and-crispr-loci-in-isolates-of-enterococcus-faecalis-from-various-settings-and-genetic-lineages
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Iwona Gawryszewska, Katarzyna Malinowska, Alicja Kuch, Dorota Chrobak-Chmiel, Lucja Laniewska-Trokenheim, Waleria Hryniewicz, Ewa Sadowy
Enterococcus faecalis represents an important factor of hospital-associated infections (HAIs). The knowledge on its evolution from a commensal to an opportunistic pathogen is still limited, thus we performed a study to characterize distribution of factors that may contribute to this adaptation. Using a collection obtained from various settings (hospitalized patients, community carriers, animals, fresh food, sewage, water) we investigated differences in antimicrobial susceptibility, distribution of antimicrobial resistance genes, virulence-associated determinants and phenotypes, and CRISPR loci in the context of the clonal relatedness of isolates...
March 1, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333914/genome-scale-crispr-cas9-knockout-and-transcriptional-activation-screening
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Julia Joung, Silvana Konermann, Jonathan S Gootenberg, Omar O Abudayyeh, Randall J Platt, Mark D Brigham, Neville E Sanjana, Feng Zhang
Forward genetic screens are powerful tools for the unbiased discovery and functional characterization of specific genetic elements associated with a phenotype of interest. Recently, the RNA-guided endonuclease Cas9 from the microbial CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) immune system has been adapted for genome-scale screening by combining Cas9 with pooled guide RNA libraries. Here we describe a protocol for genome-scale knockout and transcriptional activation screening using the CRISPR-Cas9 system...
April 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333289/the-role-of-daf-21-hsp90-in-mouth-form-plasticity-in-pristionchus-pacificus
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Bogdan Sieriebriennikov, Gabriel V Markov, Hanh Witte, Ralf J Sommer
Phenotypic plasticity is increasingly recognized to facilitate adaptive change in plants and animals, including insects, nematodes and vertebrates. Plasticity can occur as continuous or discrete (polyphenisms) variation. In social insects, e.g. in ants, some species have workers of distinct size classes while in other closely related species variation in size may be continuous. Despite the abundance of examples in nature, how discrete morphs are specified remains currently unknown. In theory, polyphenisms might require robustness, whereby the distribution of morphologies would be limited by the same mechanisms that execute buffering from stochastic perturbations, a function attributed to heat-shock proteins of the Hsp90 family...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332528/drug-discovery-crispr-finds-drug-synergy
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March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331970/disease-modeling-in-genetic-kidney-diseases-zebrafish
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Heiko Schenk, Janina Müller-Deile, Mark Kinast, Mario Schiffer
Growing numbers of translational genomics studies are based on the highly efficient and versatile zebrafish (Danio rerio) vertebrate model. The increasing types of zebrafish models have improved our understanding of inherited kidney diseases, since they not only display pathophysiological changes but also give us the opportunity to develop and test novel treatment options in a high-throughput manner. New paradigms in inherited kidney diseases have been developed on the basis of the distinct genome conservation of approximately 70 % between zebrafish and humans in terms of existing gene orthologs...
March 22, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331197/efficient-generation-of-dirnas-requires-components-in-the-posttranscriptional-gene-silencing-pathway
#16
Daisuke Miki, Peiying Zhu, Wencan Zhang, Yanfei Mao, Zhengyan Feng, Huan Huang, Hui Zhang, Yanqiang Li, Renyi Liu, Huiming Zhang, Yijun Qi, Jian-Kang Zhu
It has been reported that double-stranded break (DSB)-induced small RNAs (diRNAs) are generated via the RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway and function in DSB repair in Arabidposis. However, important questions remain regarding the biogenesis and function of diRNAs. Here, we used CRISPR/Cas9- or TALEN-triggered DSBs to characterize diRNAs in Arabidopsis and rice. We found that 21-nt diRNAs were generated from a 35S promoter::GU-US reporter transgene targeted by CRISPR/Cas9. Unexpectedly, Pol II transcription of the transgene was required for efficient diRNA production and the level of diRNA accumulation correlated with the expression level of the transgene...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330927/e3-ubiquitin-ligase-ubr5-drives-the-growth-and-metastasis-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#17
Liqiu Liao, Mei Song, Xin Li, Lili Tang, Tuo Zhang, Lixing Zhang, Yihang Pan, Lotfi Chouchane, Xiaojing Ma
Patients with triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) are at high risk for recurrence and metastasis at an early time despite standard treatment, underscoring the need for novel therapeutic modalities. Here we report for the first time a distinctive and profound role of the E3 ubiquitin ligase UBR5 in the growth and metastasis of TNBC. An analysis of primary TNBC specimen by whole exon sequencing revealed strong gene amplifications of UBR5 associated with the disease. UBR5 overexpression in TNBC tissues was confirmed at mRNA and protein levels...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330178/emergence-of-mixed-infection-of-beijing-non-beijing-strains-among-multi-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-pakistan
#18
Samar Mustafa, Hasnain Javed, Jawairia Hashmi, Nazia Jamil, Zarfishan Tahir, Abdul Majeed Akhtar
Tuberculosis (TB) remains as one of the deadliest diseases after HIV globally with 95 % of deaths confined to low-and-middle income countries. Pakistan is fifth among the 22 high-burden TB countries with the incidence rate of 230/100,000 persons, however, studies related to prevalent Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains and their spread, drug resistance pattern and evolutionary genetics are inadequate. The present study was undertaken to highlight the circulation of M. tuberculosis strains causing drug resistant TB in our community by targeting the molecular marker IS6110 and then characterization of these strains as Beijing and Non-Beijing genotypes...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329204/new-neuroscience-tools-that-are-identifying-the-sleep-wake-circuit
#19
Priyattam J Shiromani, John H Peever
The complexity of the brain is yielding to technology. In the area of sleep neurobiology, conventional neuroscience tools such as lesions, cell recordings, c-Fos, and axon-tracing methodologies have been instrumental in identifying the complex and intermingled populations of sleep- and arousal-promoting neurons that orchestrate and generate wakefulness, NREM, and REM sleep. In the last decade, new technologies such as optogenetics, chemogenetics and the CRISPR-Cas system have begun to transform how biologists understand the finer details associated with sleep-wake regulation...
March 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327544/fmnl-formins-boost-lamellipodial-force-generation
#20
Frieda Kage, Moritz Winterhoff, Vanessa Dimchev, Jan Mueller, Tobias Thalheim, Anika Freise, Stefan Brühmann, Jana Kollasser, Jennifer Block, Georgi Dimchev, Matthias Geyer, Hans-Joachim Schnittler, Cord Brakebusch, Theresia E B Stradal, Marie-France Carlier, Michael Sixt, Josef Käs, Jan Faix, Klemens Rottner
Migration frequently involves Rac-mediated protrusion of lamellipodia, formed by Arp2/3 complex-dependent branching thought to be crucial for force generation and stability of these networks. The formins FMNL2 and FMNL3 are Cdc42 effectors targeting to the lamellipodium tip and shown here to nucleate and elongate actin filaments with complementary activities in vitro. In migrating B16-F1 melanoma cells, both formins contribute to the velocity of lamellipodium protrusion. Loss of FMNL2/3 function in melanoma cells and fibroblasts reduces lamellipodial width, actin filament density and -bundling, without changing patterns of Arp2/3 complex incorporation...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
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