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Xiaosa Li, Ying Wang, Yajing Liu, Bei Yang, Xiao Wang, Jia Wei, Zongyang Lu, Yuxi Zhang, Jing Wu, Xingxu Huang, Li Yang, Jia Chen
The targeting range of CRISPR-Cas9 base editors (BEs) is limited by their G/C-rich protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM) sequences. To overcome this limitation, we developed a CRISPR-Cpf1-based BE by fusing the rat cytosine deaminase APOBEC1 to a catalytically inactive version of Lachnospiraceae bacterium Cpf1. The base editor recognizes a T-rich PAM sequence and catalyzes C-to-T conversion in human cells, while inducing low levels of indels, non-C-to-T substitutions and off-target editing.
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Ju-Chun Chang, Se Jin Lee, Jae Su Kim, Chung-Hsiung Wang, Yu-Shin Nai
The transient gene expression system is one of the most important technologies for performing protein functional analysis in the baculovirus in vitro cell culture system. This system was developed to express foreign genes under the control of the baculoviral promoter in transient expression plasmids. Furthermore, this system can be applied to a functional assay of either the baculovirus itself or foreign proteins. The most widely and commercially available transient gene expression system is developed based on the immediate-early gene (IE) promoter of Orgyia pseudotsugata multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (OpMNPV)...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Carla Lloret-Fernández, Miren Maicas, Carlos Mora-Martínez, Alejandro Artacho, Angela Jimeno-Martín, Laura Chirivella, Peter Weinberg, Nuria Flames
Cell differentiation is controlled by individual transcription factors (TFs) that together activate a selection of enhancers in specific cell types. How these combinations of TFs identify and activate their target sequences remains poorly understood. Here, we identify the cis -regulatory transcriptional code that controls the differentiation of serotonergic HSN neurons in C. elegans . Activation of the HSN transcriptome is directly orchestrated by a collective of six TFs. Binding site clusters for this TF collective form a regulatory signature that is sufficient for de novo identification of HSN neuron functional enhancers...
March 19, 2018: ELife
Sumit Handa, Daniel R Dempsey, Divya Ramamoorthy, Nanci Cook, Wayne C Guida, Tyler J Spradling, Justin K White, H Lee Woodcock, David J Merkler
The non-mevalonate dependent (NMVA) pathway for the biosynthesis of isopentenyl pyrophosphate and dimethylallyl pyrophosphate is the sole source of these terpenoids for the production of isoprenoids in the apicomplexan parasites, in many eubacteria, and in plants. The absence of this pathway in higher organisms has opened a new platform for the development of novel antibiotics and anti-malarials. The enzyme catalyzing the first step of the NMVA pathway is 1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate synthase (DXPS). DXPS catalyzes the thiamine pyrophosphate- and Mg (II)-dependent conjugation of pyruvate and D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate to form 1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate and CO2 ...
2018: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Journal
Harrison C Brown, Philip M Zakas, Stephan N George, Ernest T Parker, H Trent Spencer, Christopher B Doering
Potency is a key optimization parameter for hemophilia A gene therapy product candidates. Optimization strategies include promoter engineering to increase transcription, codon optimization of mRNA to improve translation, and amino-acid substitution to promote secretion. Herein, we describe both rational and empirical design approaches to the development of a minimally sized, highly potent AAV-fVIII vector that incorporates three unique elements: a liver-directed 146-nt transcription regulatory module, a target-cell-specific codon optimization algorithm, and a high-expression bioengineered fVIII variant...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Chang Xu
Detection of somatic mutations holds great potential in cancer treatment and has been a very active research field in the past few years, especially since the breakthrough of the next-generation sequencing technology. A collection of variant calling pipelines have been developed with different underlying models, filters, input data requirements, and targeted applications. This review aims to enumerate these unique features of the state-of-the-art variant callers, in the hope to provide a practical guide for selecting the appropriate pipeline for specific applications...
2018: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Legang Sun, Ling Liu, Tingting Yu, Qiuqin Wang, Honghai Fu
In the present study, RNA interference (RNAi) was used to investigate the effect of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 ( VCAM1 ) silencing on the proliferation of human oral squamous carcinoma HN12 cells. HN12 cells were divided into three groups: The untreated blank control cell group (CK), the negative control group transfected with non-homologous vector (NC) and the positive group transfected with the target sequence VCAM1 small hairpin RNA (KD). Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were used to examine the effects of VCAM1 -knockdown on the mRNA expression of VCAM1 and subsequent protein expression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Zhanpeng Luo, Dawei Li, Xiaobo Luo, Litao Li, Suxi Gu, Long Yu, Yuanzheng Ma
The present study aimed to determine the mechanisms of action of curcumin in osteosarcoma. Human osteosarcoma U-2 OS cells was purchased from the Cell Bank of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. RNA sequencing analysis was performed for 2 curcumin-treated samples and 2 control samples using Illumina deep sequencing technology. The differentially expressed genes were identified using Cufflink software. Enrichment and protein-protein interaction network analyses were performed separately using cluster Profiler package and Cytoscape software to identify key genes...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Lina Cai, Wuliang Wang, Xiaomei Li, Tieli Dong, Qing Zhang, Baojv Zhu, Hu Zhao, Shubiao Wu
Numerous studies have indicated that microRNAs (miRs), a group of small non-coding RNAs, are determining regulatory elements involved in the pathogenesis of various types of cancer, including cervical cancer (CC). Although miR-21-5p upregulation has been demonstrated to associate with tumorigenesis by controlling the expression of oncogenic and tumor suppressor genes, only a small number of studies have investigated the expression of miR-21-5p and its functional role in CC. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of miR-21-5p on the proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of CC cells, and the potential underlying molecular mechanism of these effects...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Andrew S Fister, Lena Landherr, Siela N Maximova, Mark J Guiltinan
Theobroma cacao , the source of cocoa, suffers significant losses to a variety of pathogens resulting in reduced incomes for millions of farmers in developing countries. Development of disease resistant cacao varieties is an essential strategy to combat this threat, but is limited by sources of genetic resistance and the slow generation time of this tropical tree crop. In this study, we present the first application of genome editing technology in cacao, using Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation to introduce CRISPR/Cas9 components into cacao leaves and cotyledon cells...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Cheng-Hong Yang, Kuo-Chuan Wu, Li-Yeh Chuang, Hsueh-Wei Chang
DNA barcode sequences are accumulating in large data sets. A barcode is generally a sequence larger than 1000 base pairs and generates a computational burden. Although the DNA barcode was originally envisioned as straightforward species tags, the identification usage of barcode sequences is rarely emphasized currently. Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) association studies provide us an idea that the SNPs may be the ideal target of feature selection to discriminate between different species. We hypothesize that SNP-based barcodes may be more effective than the full length of DNA barcode sequences for species discrimination...
2018: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
Liang-Qing Dong, Yang Shi, Li-Jie Ma, Liu-Xiao Yang, Xiao-Ying Wang, Shu Zhang, Zhi-Chao Wang, Meng Duan, Zhao Zhang, Long-Zi Liu, Bo-Hao Zheng, Zhen-Bin Ding, Ai-Wu Ke, Da-Ming Gao, Ke Yuan, Jian Zhou, Jia Fan, Ruibin Xi, Qiang Gao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is the second-most lethal primary liver cancer. Little is known about intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) and its impact on ICC progression. We aim to investigate its ITH in hope of helping develop new therapeutic strategies. METHODS: We obtained 69 spatially distinct regions from 6 operable ICCs. Patient-derived primary cancer cells (PDPCs) were established for each region, followed by whole-exome sequencing(WES) and multi-level validation...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Sherry Adrianos, Marcé Lorenzen, Brenda Oppert
The Tribolium castaneum vermilion gene encodes tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase, a pivotal enzyme in the ommochrome pathway that is required for proper pigmentation of the eye. A white-eyed mutant strain of T. castaneum, vermilionwhite (vw ), lacks eye pigmentation due to a deletion of unknown size that removes all but the 3'- end of the vermilion gene. To create a more defined mutation in vermilion, the CRISPR/Cas9-nuclease system was used to target wild type vermilion in preblastoderm T. castaneum embryos. As adults, all injected beetles had wild type (black) eye pigmentation; however, when outcrossed to vw mates, one cross produced 19% white-eyed offspring...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
Winston X Yan, Shaorong Chong, Huaibin Zhang, Kira S Makarova, Eugene V Koonin, David R Cheng, David A Scott
Bacterial class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems utilize a single RNA-guided protein effector to mitigate viral infection. We aggregated genomic data from multiple sources and constructed an expanded database of predicted class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems. A search for novel RNA-targeting systems identified subtype VI-D, encoding dual HEPN domain-containing Cas13d effectors and putative WYL-domain-containing accessory proteins (WYL1 and WYL-b1 through WYL-b5). The median size of Cas13d proteins is 190 to 300 aa smaller than that of Cas13a-Cas13c...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Cell
Trevor J Pemberton, Zachary A Szpiech
Genomic regions of autozygosity (ROAs) represent segments of individual genomes that are homozygous for haplotypes inherited identical-by-descent (IBD) from a common ancestor. ROAs are nonuniformly distributed across the genome, and increased ROA levels are a reported risk factor for numerous complex diseases. Previously, we hypothesized that long ROAs are enriched for deleterious homozygotes as a result of young haplotypes with recent deleterious mutations-relatively untouched by purifying selection-being paired IBD as a consequence of recent parental relatedness, a pattern supported by ROA and whole-exome sequence data on 27 individuals...
March 10, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Michael J Ziller, Juan A Ortega, Katharina A Quinlan, David P Santos, Hongcang Gu, Eric J Martin, Christina Galonska, Ramona Pop, Susanne Maidl, Alba Di Pardo, Mei Huang, Herbert Y Meltzer, Andreas Gnirke, C J Heckman, Alexander Meissner, Evangelos Kiskinis
The somatic DNA methylation (DNAme) landscape is established early in development but remains highly dynamic within focal regions that overlap with gene regulatory elements. The significance of these dynamic changes, particularly in the central nervous system, remains unresolved. Here, we utilize a powerful human embryonic stem cell differentiation model for the generation of motor neurons (MNs) in combination with genetic mutations in the de novo DNAme machinery. We quantitatively dissect the role of DNAme in directing somatic cell fate with high-resolution genome-wide bisulfite-, bulk-, and single-cell-RNA sequencing...
March 14, 2018: Cell Stem Cell
Cheng-Yu Liao, Hui-Wen Yu, Chao-Neng Cheng, Jiann-Shiuh Chen, Ching-Wei Lin, Peng-Chieh Chen, Chi-Chang Shieh
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which is caused by genetic defects in immune-related genes involved in the development or activation of the adaptive immune system, often died in infancy due to severe infections before definite molecular diagnosis could be made. Although recent improvement in early diagnosis has been achieved by newborn screening, the genetic basis of many of the patients is still unknown. METHODS: Here we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) to investigate the underlying genetic causes of SCID in a proband identified with newborn screening...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Silvana Konermann, Peter Lotfy, Nicholas J Brideau, Jennifer Oki, Maxim N Shokhirev, Patrick D Hsu
Class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems endow microbes with diverse mechanisms for adaptive immunity. Here, we analyzed prokaryotic genome and metagenome sequences to identify an uncharacterized family of RNA-guided, RNA-targeting CRISPR systems that we classify as type VI-D. Biochemical characterization and protein engineering of seven distinct orthologs generated a ribonuclease effector derived from Ruminococcus flavefaciens XPD3002 (CasRx) with robust activity in human cells. CasRx-mediated knockdown exhibits high efficiency and specificity relative to RNA interference across diverse endogenous transcripts...
March 8, 2018: Cell
Sathish Kumar T, Navaneeth Krishnan A, Joseph Sahaya Rajan J, Makesh M, Jithendran K P, Alavandi S V, Vijayan K K
The emerging microsporidian parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP), the causative agent of hepatopancreatic microsporidiosis, has been widely reported in shrimp-farming countries. EHP infection can be detected by light microscopy observation of spores (1.7 × 1 μm) in stained hepatopancreas (HP) tissue smears, HP tissue sections, and fecal samples. EHP can also be detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the small subunit (SSU) ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene or the spore wall protein gene (SWP)...
March 17, 2018: Parasitology Research
Eric J Jordan, Charles Fiske, Ronald Zagoria, Antonio C Westphalen
PURPOSE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of ADC values in combination with PI-RADS v2 for the diagnosis of clinically significant prostate cancer (CS-PCa) compared to PI-RADS v2 alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 155 men whom underwent 3-Tesla prostate MRI and subsequent MR/US fusion biopsies at a single non-academic center from 11/2014 to 3/2016. All scans were performed with a surface coil and included T2, diffusion-weighted, and dynamic contrast-enhanced sequences...
March 17, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
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