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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101966/the-free-energy-of-locking-a-ring-changing-a-deoxyribonucleoside-to-a-locked-nucleic-acid
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You Xu, Alessandra Villa, Lennart Nilsson
Locked nucleic acid (LNA), a modified nucleoside which contains a bridging group across the ribose ring, improves the stability of DNA/RNA duplexes significantly, and therefore is of interest in biotechnology and gene therapy applications. In this study, we investigate the free energy change between LNA and DNA nucleosides. The transformation requires the breaking of the bridging group across the ribose ring, a problematic transformation in free energy calculations. To address this, we have developed a 3-step (easy to implement) and a 1-step protocol (more efficient, but more complicated to setup), for single and dual topologies in classical molecular dynamics simulations, using the Bennett Acceptance Ratio method to calculate the free energy...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101799/antitumor-efficacy-of-slpi-promoter-controlled-expression-of-artificial-microrna-targeting-egfr-in-a-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cell-line
#2
Jia Chen, Shoude Zhang, Yi Lin, Beibei Yang, Jiang Cao
The purpose of this study was to develop a recombinant adenovirus with secretory leukoprotease inhibitor (SLPI) promoter-controlled expression for gene therapy of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). An artificial microRNA targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was designed, and used to construct a replication-defective recombinant adenovirus with SLPI promoter-controlled expression. The silencing efficiency of this vector (Ad-SLPI-EGFRamiR) was detected in Hep-2 cells. Western blotting showed that the expression of 170 kD EGFR was significantly reduced in Hep-2 cells 72 h after infection with Ad-SLPI-EGFRamiR...
January 18, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100850/molecular-characteristic-and-physiological-role-of-dopa-decarboxylase
#3
Joanna Guenter, Robert Lenartowski
The enzyme DOPA decarboxylase (aromatic-L-amino-acid decarboxylase, DDC) plays an important role in the dopaminergic system and participates in the uptake and decarboxylation of amine precursors in the peripheral tissues. Apart from catecholamines, DDC catalyses the biosynthesis of serotonin and trace amines. It has been shown that the DDC amino acid sequence is highly evolutionarily conserved across many species. The activity of holoenzyme is regulated by stimulation/blockade of membrane receptors, phosphorylation of serine residues, and DDC interaction with regulatory proteins...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100454/gene-therapy-targeting-oligodendrocytes-provides-therapeutic-benefit-in-a-leukodystrophy-model
#4
Elena Georgiou, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Jan Richter, Christos Papaneophytou, Irene Sargiannidou, Alexia Kagiava, Georg von Jonquieres, Christina Christodoulou, Matthias Klugmann, Kleopas A Kleopa
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease or hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 is an autosomal recessively inherited leukodystrophy with childhood onset resulting from mutations in the gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin 47 (Cx47, encoded by GJC2). Cx47 is expressed specifically in oligodendrocytes and is crucial for gap junctional communication throughout the central nervous system. Previous studies confirmed that a cell autonomous loss-of-function mechanism underlies hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 and that transgenic oligodendrocyte-specific expression of another connexin, Cx32 (GJB1), can restore gap junctions in oligodendrocytes to achieve correction of the pathology in a disease model...
January 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098869/core%C3%A2-shell-lipid-polymer-nanoparticles-for-combined-chemo%C3%A2-and-gene-therapy-of-childhood-head-and-neck-cancers
#5
Tiesong Zhang, Jing Ma, Chao Li, Ken Lin, Fan Lou, Hongchao Jiang, Yingqin Gao, Yanli Yang, Cheng Ming, Biao Ruan
Pediatric head and neck cancers account for overall 12% of all pediatric cancers. Despite recent advances in therapeutic modalities, children with tumor metastasis have poor prognosis. Therefore, there is an unmet need for new and effective treatment modalities for pediatric head and neck cancers. The present study describes a simple and efficient method for fabrication of cationic lipid‑polymer hybrid nanoparticles (CLPNs) for co‑delivery of cisplatin (CDDP) and DNA (CDDP/DNA CLPNs) for the therapy of childhood head and neck cancers...
January 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098415/intracranial-aav-ifn-%C3%AE-gene-therapy-eliminates-invasive-xenograft-glioblastoma-and-improves-survival-in-orthotopic-syngeneic-murine-model
#6
Dwijit GuhaSarkar, James Neiswender, Qin Su, Guangping Gao, Miguel Sena-Esteves
The highly invasive property of glioblastoma (GBM) cells and genetic heterogeneity are largely responsible for tumor recurrence after the current standard-of-care treatment and thus a direct cause of death. Previously, we have shown that intracranial interferon-beta (IFN-β) gene therapy by locally administered adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV) successfully treats noninvasive orthotopic glioblastoma models. Here, we extend these findings by testing this approach in invasive human GBM xenograft and syngeneic mouse models...
November 9, 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098208/high-efficiency-hydrodynamic-dna-fragmentation-in-a-bubbling-system
#7
Lanhui Li, Mingliang Jin, Chenglong Sun, Xiaoxue Wang, Shuting Xie, Guofu Zhou, Albert van den Berg, Jan C T Eijkel, Lingling Shui
DNA fragmentation down to a precise fragment size is important for biomedical applications, disease determination, gene therapy and shotgun sequencing. In this work, a cheap, easy to operate and high efficiency DNA fragmentation method is demonstrated based on hydrodynamic shearing in a bubbling system. We expect that hydrodynamic forces generated during the bubbling process shear the DNA molecules, extending and breaking them at the points where shearing forces are larger than the strength of the phosphate backbone...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095751/crispr-based-epigenome-editing-of-cytokine-receptors-for-the-promotion-of-cell-survival-and-tissue-deposition-in-inflammatory-environments
#8
Niloofar Farhang, Jonathan M Brunger, Joshua D Stover, Pratiksha I Thakore, Brandon Lawrence, Farshid Guilak, Charles A Gersbach, Lori A Setton, Robert D Bowles
Musculoskeletal diseases have been associated with inflammatory cytokine action, particularly action by TNF-α and IL-1β. These inflammatory cytokines promote apoptosis and senescence of cells in diseased tissue and extracellular matrix breakdown. Stem cell-based therapies are being considered for the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, but the presence of these inflammatory cytokines will have similar deleterious action on therapeutic cells delivered to these environments. Methods that prevent inflammatory-induced apoptosis and pro-inflammatory signaling, in cell and pathway specific manners are needed...
January 17, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095637/gene-therapy-for-achromatopsia
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REVIEW
Stylianos Michalakis, Christian Schön, Elvir Becirovic, Martin Biel
AIM: This review summarizes the current status of Achromatopsia (ACHM) gene therapy-related research activities and provides an outlook for their clinical application. DISCUSSION: ACHM is an inherited eye disease characterized by congenital absence of cone photoreceptor function. As a consequence, ACHM is associated with strongly impaired daylight vision, photophobia, nystagmus, and lack of color discrimination. Currently, six genes have been linked to ACHM. Up to 80% of the patients carry mutations in the genes CNGA3 and CNGB3 encoding the two subunits of the cone cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channel...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095138/leber-congenital-amaurosis-from-darkness-to-light-an-ode-to-irene-maumenee
#10
Razek Georges Coussa, Irma Lopez Solache, Robert K Koenekoop
This article is dedicated to Irene Hussels-Maumenee, Professor of Human Genetics and Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute, Ocular Genetics Fellowship director in 1994-1995. Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) has almost come full circle, from a profound and molecularly uncharacterized form of congenital retinal blindness to one in which a large number of causative genes and disease pathways are known, and the world's first human retinal disease to be treated by gene therapy. Dr. Maumenee's insights, efforts, and leadership have contributed significantly to this remarkable scientific journey...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094775/nanotechnologies-in-delivery-of-mrna-therapeutics-using-nonviral-vector-based-delivery-systems
#11
REVIEW
S Guan, J Rosenecker
Due to its safe and effective protein expression profile, in vitro transcribed messenger RNA (IVT-mRNA) represents a promising candidate in the development of novel therapeutics for genetic diseases, vaccines or gene editing strategies, especially when its inherent shortcomings (e.g. instability and immunogenicity) have been partially addressed via structural modifications. However, numerous unsolved technical difficulties in successful in vivo delivery of IVT-mRNA have greatly hindered the applications of IVT-mRNA in clinical development...
January 17, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093967/anchored-lentiviral-vector-episomes-for-stem-cell-gene-therapy-in-fanconi-anemia
#12
Santhosh Chakkaramakkil Verghese, Peter Kurre
Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive¬, multisystem DNA repair disorder with prominent defects in hematopoietic stem cell maintenance that result in their progressive attrition and failure in early school age. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation has proved curative for patients with suitable donors. This, along with the characteristic survival advantage of phenotypically normal over non-corrected FA stem cells underscores the compelling rationale for stem cell gene therapy in FA. While integrating lentiviral vectors (LV) have become the preferred platform for genetic correction in several hematologic and immunodeficiency disorders, the residual oncogenic potential by these vectors raises concerns in FA stem cells with potentially preexisting genetic lesions...
January 13, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093642/the-ethical-framework-for-performing-research-with-rare-inherited-neurometabolic-disease-patients
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Viviana Giannuzzi, Hugo Devlieger, Lucia Margari, Viveca Lena Odlind, Lamis Ragab, Cinzia Maria Bellettato, Francesca D'Avanzo, Christina Lampe, Linda Cassis, Elisenda Cortès-Saladelafont, Ángels Garcia Cazorla, Ivo Barić, Ljerka Cvitanović-Šojat, Ksenija Fumić, Christine I Dali, Franco Bartoloni, Fedele Bonifazi, Maurizio Scarpa, Adriana Ceci
: The need for performing clinical trials to develop well-studied and appropriate medicines for inherited neurometabolic disease patients faces ethical concerns mainly raising from four aspects: the diseases are rare; include young and very young patients; the neurological impairment may compromise the capability to provide 'consent'; and the genetic nature of the disease leads to further ethical implications. This work is intended to identify the ethical provisions applicable to clinical research involving these patients and to evaluate if these cover the ethical issues...
January 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088691/stability-effect-of-cholesterol-poly-acrylic-acid-in-a-stimuli-responsive-polymer-liposome-complex-obtained-from-soybean-lecithin-for-controlled-drug-delivery
#14
M G Simões, P Alves, Manuela Carvalheiro, P N Simões
The development of polymer-liposome complexes (PLCs), in particular for biomedical applications, has grown significantly in the last decades. The importance of these studies comes from the emerging need in finding intelligent controlled release systems, more predictable, effective and selective, for applications in several areas, such as treatment and/or diagnosis of cancer, neurological, dermatological, ophthalmic and orthopedic diseases, gene therapy, cosmetic treatments, and food engineering. This work reports the development and characterization of a pH sensitive system for controlled release based on PLCs...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088294/suitability-of-small-diagnostic-peripheral-blood-samples-for-cell-therapy-studies
#15
Coralea Stephanou, Panayiota Papasavva, Myria Zachariou, Petros Patsali, Marilena Epitropou, Petros Ladas, Ruba Al-Abdulla, Soteroulla Christou, Michael N Antoniou, Carsten W Lederer, Marina Kleanthous
BACKGROUND AIMS: Primary hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) are key components of cell-based therapies for blood disorders and are thus the authentic substrate for related research. We propose that ubiquitous small-volume diagnostic samples represent a readily available and as yet untapped resource of primary patient-derived cells for cell- and gene-therapy studies. METHODS: In the present study we compare isolation and storage methods for HSPCs from normal and thalassemic small-volume blood samples, considering genotype, density-gradient versus lysis-based cell isolation and cryostorage media with different serum contents...
February 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081459/targeted-delivery-of-in-situ-pcr-amplified-sleeping-beauty-transposon-genes-to-cancer-cells-with-lipid-based-nanoparticle-like-protocells
#16
Kun Ma, Duo Fu, Dongli Yu, Changhao Cui, Li Wang, Zhaoming Guo, Chuanbin Mao
A Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposon system is made of a transposon plasmid (containing gene encoding a desired functional or therapeutic protein) and a transposase plasmid (encoding an enzyme capable of cutting and pasting the gene into the host cell genome). It is a kind of natural, nonviral gene delivery vehicle, which can achieve efficient genomic insertion, providing long-term transgenic expression. However, before the SB transposon system could play a role in promoting gene expression, it has to be delivered efficiently first across cell membrane and then into cell nuclei...
January 2, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079862/extra-neuronal-pathology-in-a-canine-model-of-cln2-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-after-intracerebroventricular-gene-therapy-that-delays-neurological-disease-progression
#17
M L Katz, G C Johnson, S B Leach, B G Williamson, J R Coates, R E H Whiting, D P Vansteenkiste, M S Whitney
CLN2 neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis is a hereditary lysosomal storage disease with primarily neurological signs that results from mutations in TPP1 which encodes the lysosomal enzyme tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (TPP1). Studies using a canine model for this disorder demonstrated that delivery of TPP1 enzyme to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by intracerebroventricular administration of an AAV-TPP1 vector resulted in substantial delays in the onset and progression of neurological signs and prolongation of lifespan...
January 12, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079203/complexation-of-short-ds-rna-dna-oligonucleotides-with-gemini-micelles-a-time-resolved-saxs-and-computational-study
#18
Sara Falsini, Emanuela Di Cola, Martin In, Maria Giordani, Stefano Borocci, Sandra Ristori
Gene therapy is based on nucleic acid delivery to pathogenic cells in order to modulate their gene expression. The most used non viral vectors are lipid-based nanoaggregates, which are safer than viral carriers and have been shown to assemble easily with both DNA and RNA. However, the transfection efficiency of non viral carriers still needs to be improved before intensive practise in clinical trials can be implemented. For this purpose, the in depth characterization of the complexes formed by nucleic acids and their transporters is of great relevance...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079048/delivering-efficient-liver-directed-aav-mediated-gene-therapy
#19
J Baruteau, S N Waddington, I E Alexander, P Gissen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077679/crispr-cas9-gene-repair-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-from-patients-with-x-linked-chronic-granulomatous-disease
#20
Suk See De Ravin, Linhong Li, Xiaolin Wu, Uimook Choi, Cornell Allen, Sherry Koontz, Janet Lee, Narda Theobald-Whiting, Jessica Chu, Mary Garofalo, Colin Sweeney, Lela Kardava, Susan Moir, Angelia Viley, Pachai Natarajan, Ling Su, Douglas Kuhns, Kol A Zarember, Madhusudan V Peshwa, Harry L Malech
Gene repair of CD34(+) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) may avoid problems associated with gene therapy, such as vector-related mutagenesis and dysregulated transgene expression. We used CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)/Cas9 (CRISPR-associated 9) to repair a mutation in the CYBB gene of CD34(+) HSPCs from patients with the immunodeficiency disorder X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD). Sequence-confirmed repair of >20% of HSPCs from X-CGD patients restored the function of NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate) oxidase and superoxide radical production in myeloid cells differentiated from these progenitor cells in vitro...
January 11, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
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