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Crispr chromosome translocation

Raymond H J Staals, Simon A Jackson, Ambarish Biswas, Stan J J Brouns, Chris M Brown, Peter C Fineran
CRISPR-Cas systems provide bacteria with adaptive immunity against foreign nucleic acids by acquiring short, invader-derived sequences called spacers. Here, we use high-throughput sequencing to analyse millions of spacer acquisition events in wild-type populations of Pectobacterium atrosepticum. Plasmids not previously encountered, or plasmids that had escaped CRISPR-Cas targeting via point mutation, are used to provoke naive or primed spacer acquisition, respectively. The origin, location and order of spacer acquisition show that spacer selection through priming initiates near the site of CRISPR-Cas recognition (the protospacer), but on the displaced strand, and is consistent with 3'-5' translocation of the Cas1:Cas2-3 acquisition machinery...
October 3, 2016: Nature Communications
Sergey Lekomtsev, Sofia Aligianni, Ana Lapao, Tilmann Bürckstümmer
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal translocations are a hallmark of cancer cells and give rise to fusion oncogenes. To gain insight into the mechanisms governing tumorigenesis, adequate model cell lines are required. RESULTS: We employ the versatile CRISPR/Cas system to engineer cell lines in which chromosomal translocations are either generated de novo (CD74-ROS1) or existing translocations are reverted back to the original configuration (BCR-ABL1). To this end, we co-apply two guide RNAs to artificially generate two breakpoints and screen for spontaneous fusion events by PCR...
2016: BMC Genomics
Brenda A Peterson, David C Haak, Marc T Nishimura, Paulo J P L Teixeira, Sean R James, Jeffery L Dangl, Zachary L Nimchuk
Simultaneous multiplex mutation of large gene families using Cas9 has the potential to revolutionize agriculture and plant sciences. The targeting of multiple genomic sites at once raises concerns about the efficiency and specificity in targeting. The model Arabidopsis thaliana is widely used in basic plant research. Previous work has suggested that the Cas9 off-target rate in Arabidopsis is undetectable. Here we use deep sequencing on pooled plants simultaneously targeting 14 distinct genomic loci to demonstrate that multiplex targeting in Arabidopsis is highly specific to on-target sites with no detectable off-target events...
2016: PloS One
Tomoko Kato, Shuji Takada
In the past few years, extensive progress has been made in the development of genome-editing technology. Among several genome-editing tools, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindrome repeat-associated Cas9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) system is particularly widely used owing to the ease of sequence-specific nuclease construction and the highly efficient introduction of mutations. The CRISPR/Cas9 system was originally constructed to induce small insertion and deletion mutations, but various methods have been developed to introduce point mutations, deletions, insertions, chromosomal translocations and so on...
August 6, 2016: Briefings in Functional Genomics
Laura Quick, Robert Young, Ian C Henrich, Xiaoke Wang, Yan W Asmann, Andre M Oliveira, Margaret M Chou
Bone and soft tissue tumors (BSTT) are relatively poorly understood, hampering the development of effective therapies. Here we report a role for the ubiquitin-specific protease 6 (USP6)/TRE17 oncogene, which is overexpressed upon chromosome translocation in various human tumors, including aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC), and the related benign lesion nodular fasciitis. Ectopic expression of USP6 is known to drive formation of tumors, which recapitulate key features of ABC and nodular fasciitis; however, the identity of USP6's relevant substrates has been obscure...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Richard D Wood, Sylvie Doublié
DNA polymerase theta (pol θ) is encoded in the genomes of many eukaryotes, though not in fungi. Pol θ is encoded by the POLQ gene in mammalian cells. The C-terminal third of the protein is a family A DNA polymerase with additional insertion elements relative to prokaryotic homologs. The N-terminal third is a helicase-like domain with DNA-dependent ATPase activity. Pol θ is important in the repair of genomic double-strand breaks (DSBs) from many sources. These include breaks formed by ionizing radiation and topoisomerase inhibitors, breaks arising at stalled DNA replication forks, breaks introduced during diversification steps of the mammalian immune system, and DSB induced by CRISPR-Cas9...
August 2016: DNA Repair
Chul-Yong Park, Jin Jea Sung, Dong-Wook Kim
The analysis of chromosomal structural variations (SVs), such as inversions and translocations, was made possible by the completion of the human genome project and the development of genome-wide sequencing technologies. SVs contribute to genetic diversity and evolution, although some SVs can cause diseases such as hemophilia A in humans. Genome engineering technology using programmable nucleases (e.g., ZFNs, TALENs, and CRISPR/Cas9) has been rapidly developed, enabling precise and efficient genome editing for SV research...
July 2016: Trends in Biotechnology
Roman Maresch, Sebastian Mueller, Christian Veltkamp, Rupert Öllinger, Mathias Friedrich, Irina Heid, Katja Steiger, Julia Weber, Thomas Engleitner, Maxim Barenboim, Sabine Klein, Sandra Louzada, Ruby Banerjee, Alexander Strong, Teresa Stauber, Nina Gross, Ulf Geumann, Sebastian Lange, Marc Ringelhan, Ignacio Varela, Kristian Unger, Fengtang Yang, Roland M Schmid, George S Vassiliou, Rickmer Braren, Günter Schneider, Mathias Heikenwalder, Allan Bradley, Dieter Saur, Roland Rad
Mouse transgenesis has provided fundamental insights into pancreatic cancer, but is limited by the long duration of allele/model generation. Here we show transfection-based multiplexed delivery of CRISPR/Cas9 to the pancreas of adult mice, allowing simultaneous editing of multiple gene sets in individual cells. We use the method to induce pancreatic cancer and exploit CRISPR/Cas9 mutational signatures for phylogenetic tracking of metastatic disease. Our results demonstrate that CRISPR/Cas9-multiplexing enables key applications, such as combinatorial gene-network analysis, in vivo synthetic lethality screening and chromosome engineering...
2016: Nature Communications
Junfeng Jiang, Li Zhang, Xingliang Zhou, Xi Chen, Guanyi Huang, Fengsheng Li, Ruizhe Wang, Nancy Wu, Youzhen Yan, Chang Tong, Sankalp Srivastava, Yue Wang, Houqi Liu, Qi-Long Ying
Chromosomal translocation is the most common form of chromosomal abnormality and is often associated with congenital genetic disorders, infertility, and cancers. The lack of cellular and animal models for chromosomal translocations, however, has hampered our ability to understand the underlying disease mechanisms and to develop new therapies. Here, we show that site-specific chromosomal translocations can be generated in mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) via CRISPR/Cas9. Mouse ESCs carrying translocated chromosomes can be isolated and expanded to establish stable cell lines...
2016: Scientific Reports
Guangqing Lu, Jinzhi Duan, Sheng Shu, Xuxiang Wang, Linlin Gao, Jing Guo, Yu Zhang
In eukaryotes, DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), one of the most harmful types of DNA damage, are repaired by homologous repair (HR) and nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ). Surprisingly, in cells deficient for core classic NHEJ factors such as DNA ligase IV (Lig4), substantial end-joining activities have been observed in various situations, suggesting the existence of alternative end-joining (A-EJ) activities. Several putative A-EJ factors have been proposed, although results are mostly controversial. By using a clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system, we generated mouse CH12F3 cell lines in which, in addition to Lig4, either Lig1 or nuclear Lig3, representing the cells containing a single DNA ligase (Lig3 or Lig1, respectively) in their nucleus, was completely ablated...
February 2, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
P-Y Hsu, H-K Hsu, T-H Hsiao, Z Ye, E Wang, A L Profit, I Jatoi, Y Chen, N B Kirma, V X Jin, Z D Sharp, T H-M Huang
Recruitment of transcription machinery to target promoters for aberrant gene expression has been well studied, but underlying control directed by distant-acting enhancers remains unclear in cancer development. Our previous study demonstrated that distant estrogen response elements (DEREs) located on chromosome 20q13 are frequently amplified and translocated to other chromosomes in ERα-positive breast cancer cells. In this study, we used three-dimensional interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization to decipher spatiotemporal gathering of multiple DEREs in the nucleus...
May 5, 2016: Oncogene
Haiwei Mou, Zachary Kennedy, Daniel G Anderson, Hao Yin, Wen Xue
The cancer genome is highly complex, with hundreds of point mutations, translocations, and chromosome gains and losses per tumor. To understand the effects of these alterations, precise models are needed. Traditional approaches to the construction of mouse models are time-consuming and laborious, requiring manipulation of embryonic stem cells and multiple steps. The recent development of the clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 system, a powerful genome-editing tool for efficient and precise genome engineering in cultured mammalian cells and animals, is transforming mouse-model generation...
2015: Genome Medicine
Christian-Jacques Larsen
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February 2015: Bulletin du Cancer
Kalpana Kannan, Cristian Coarfa, Pei-Wen Chao, Liming Luo, Yan Wang, Amy E Brinegar, Shannon M Hawkins, Aleksandar Milosavljevic, Martin M Matzuk, Laising Yen
High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC) is among the most lethal forms of cancer in women. Excessive genomic rearrangements, which are expected to create fusion oncogenes, are the hallmark of this cancer. Here we report a cancer-specific gene fusion between BCAM, a membrane adhesion molecule, and AKT2, a key kinase in the PI3K signaling pathway. This fusion is present in 7% of the 60 patient cancers tested, a significant frequency considering the highly heterogeneous nature of this malignancy. Further, we provide direct evidence that BCAM-AKT2 is translated into an in-frame fusion protein in the patient's tumor...
March 17, 2015: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Irina V Lagutina, Virginia Valentine, Fabrizio Picchione, Frank Harwood, Marcus B Valentine, Barbara Villarejo-Balcells, Jaime J Carvajal, Gerard C Grosveld
Many recurrent chromosome translocations in cancer result in the generation of fusion genes that are directly implicated in the tumorigenic process. Precise modeling of the effects of cancer fusion genes in mice has been inaccurate, as constructs of fusion genes often completely or partially lack the correct regulatory sequences. The reciprocal t(2;13)(q36.1;q14.1) in human alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (A-RMS) creates a pathognomonic PAX3-FOXO1 fusion gene. In vivo mimicking of this translocation in mice is complicated by the fact that Pax3 and Foxo1 are in opposite orientation on their respective chromosomes, precluding formation of a functional Pax3-Foxo1 fusion via a simple translocation...
2015: PLoS Genetics
Rafael B Blasco, Elif Karaca, Chiara Ambrogio, Taek-Chin Cheong, Emre Karayol, Valerio G Minero, Claudia Voena, Roberto Chiarle
Generation of genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) for chromosomal translocations in the endogenous loci by a knockin strategy is lengthy and costly. The CRISPR/Cas9 system provides an innovative and flexible approach for genome engineering of genomic loci in vitro and in vivo. Here, we report the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for engineering a specific chromosomal translocation in adult mice in vivo. We designed CRISPR/Cas9 lentiviral vectors to induce cleavage of the murine endogenous Eml4 and Alk loci in order to generate the Eml4-Alk gene rearrangement recurrently found in non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs)...
November 20, 2014: Cell Reports
Hind Ghezraoui, Marion Piganeau, Benjamin Renouf, Jean-Baptiste Renaud, Annahita Sallmyr, Brian Ruis, Sehyun Oh, Alan E Tomkinson, Eric A Hendrickson, Carine Giovannangeli, Maria Jasin, Erika Brunet
Breakpoint junctions of the chromosomal translocations that occur in human cancers display hallmarks of nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ). In mouse cells, translocations are suppressed by canonical NHEJ (c-NHEJ) components, which include DNA ligase IV (LIG4), and instead arise from alternative NHEJ (alt-NHEJ). Here we used designer nucleases (ZFNs, TALENs, and CRISPR/Cas9) to introduce DSBs on two chromosomes to study translocation joining mechanisms in human cells. Remarkably, translocations were altered in cells deficient for LIG4 or its interacting protein XRCC4...
September 18, 2014: Molecular Cell
R Torres, M C Martin, A Garcia, Juan C Cigudosa, J C Ramirez, S Rodriguez-Perales
Cancer-related human chromosomal translocations are generated through the illegitimate joining of two non-homologous chromosomes affected by double-strand breaks (DSB). Effective methodologies to reproduce precise reciprocal tumour-associated chromosomal translocations are required to gain insight into the initiation of leukaemia and sarcomas. Here we present a strategy for generating cancer-related human chromosomal translocations in vitro based on the ability of the RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9 system to induce DSBs at defined positions...
2014: Nature Communications
Satoshi Ota, Yu Hisano, Yoshiya Ikawa, Atsuo Kawahara
The type II clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) system, which is an adaptive immune system of bacteria, has become a powerful tool for genome editing in various model organisms. Here, we demonstrate multiple genome modifications mediated by CRISPR/Cas9 in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Multiple genes including golden/gol and tyrosinase/tyr, which are involved in pigment formation, and s1pr2 and spns2, which are involved in cardiac development, were disrupted with insertion and/or deletion (indel) mutations introduced by the co-injection of multiple guide RNAs (gRNAs) and the nuclease Cas9 mRNA...
July 2014: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Peter S Choi, Matthew Meyerson
Genomic rearrangements are frequently observed in cancer cells but have been difficult to generate in a highly specific manner for functional analysis. Here we report the application of CRISPR/Cas technology to successfully generate several types of chromosomal rearrangements implicated as driver events in lung cancer, including the CD74-ROS1 translocation event and the EML4-ALK and KIF5B-RET inversion events. Our results demonstrate that Cas9-induced DNA breaks promote efficient rearrangement between pairs of targeted loci, providing a highly tractable approach for the study of genomic rearrangements...
2014: Nature Communications
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