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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911376/rapid-and-efficient-generation-of-recombinant-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-by-recombinase-mediated-cassette-exchange-in-the-aavs1-locus
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Laura Ordovás, Ruben Boon, Mariaelena Pistoni, Yemiao Chen, Rangarajan Sambathkumar, Nicky Helsen, Jolien Vanhove, Pieter Berckmans, Qing Cai, Kim Vanuytsel, Susanna Raitano, Catherine M Verfaillie
Even with the revolution of gene-targeting technologies led by CRISPR-Cas9, genetic modification of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) is still time consuming. Comparative studies that use recombinant lines with transgenes integrated into safe harbor loci could benefit from approaches that use site-specific targeted recombinases, like Cre or FLPe, which are more rapid and less prone to off-target effects. Such methods have been described, although they do not significantly outperform gene targeting in most aspects...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910851/crispr-cas9-mediated-multiplex-gene-editing-in-car-t-cells
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Xiaojuan Liu, Yongping Zhang, Chen Cheng, Albert W Cheng, Xingying Zhang, Na Li, Changqing Xia, Xiaofei Wei, Xiang Liu, Haoyi Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910002/the-rice-pentatricopeptide-repeat-gene-tcd10-is-needed-for-chloroplast-development-under-cold-stress
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Lanlan Wu, Jun Wu, Yanxia Liu, Xiaodi Gong, Jianlong Xu, Dongzhi Lin, Yanjun Dong
BACKGROUND: Chloroplast plays a vital role in plant development and growth. The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) gene family is one of the largest gene families in plants. In addition, cold stress affects a broad spectrum of cellular components, e.g. chloroplast, and metabolism in plants. However, the regulatory mechanism for rice PPR genes on chloroplast development still remains elusive under cold stress. RESULT: In this paper, we characterized a new rice PPR gene mutant tcd10 (thermo-sensitive chlorophyll-deficient mutant 10) that exhibits the albino phenotype, malformed chloroplast and could not survive after the 5-leaf stage when grown at 20 °C, but does the normal phenotype at 32 °C...
December 2016: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908936/genome-editing-technologies-principles-and-applications
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REVIEW
Thomas Gaj, Shannon J Sirk, Sai-Lan Shui, Jia Liu
Targeted nucleases have provided researchers with the ability to manipulate virtually any genomic sequence, enabling the facile creation of isogenic cell lines and animal models for the study of human disease, and promoting exciting new possibilities for human gene therapy. Here we review three foundational technologies-clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs)...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908280/development-of-a-fast-and-easy-method-for-escherichia-coli-genome-editing-with-crispr-cas9
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Dongdong Zhao, Shenli Yuan, Bin Xiong, Hongnian Sun, Lijun Ye, Jing Li, Xueli Zhang, Changhao Bi
BACKGROUND: Microbial genome editing is a powerful tool to modify chromosome in way of deletion, insertion or replacement, which is one of the most important techniques in metabolic engineering research. The emergence of CRISPR/Cas9 technique inspires various genomic editing methods. RESULTS: In this research, the goal of development of a fast and easy method for Escherichia coli genome editing with high efficiency is pursued. For this purpose, we designed modular plasmid assembly strategy, compared effects of different length of homologous arms for recombination, and tested different sets of recombinases...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906098/direct-reprogramming-of-urine-derived-cells-with-inducible-myod-for-modeling-human-muscle-disease
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Ellis Y Kim, Patrick Page, Lisa M Dellefave-Castillo, Elizabeth M McNally, Eugene J Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Cellular models of muscle disease are taking on increasing importance with the large number of genes and mutations implicated in causing myopathies and the concomitant need to test personalized therapies. Developing cell models relies on having an easily obtained source of cells, and if the cells are not derived from muscle itself, a robust reprogramming process is needed. Fibroblasts are a human cell source that works well for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells, which can then be differentiated into cardiomyocyte lineages, and with less efficiency, skeletal muscle-like lineages...
September 15, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905529/efficient-targeted-mutagenesis-of-rice-and-tobacco-genomes-using-cpf1-from-francisella-novicida
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Akira Endo, Mikami Masafumi, Hidetaka Kaya, Seiichi Toki
CRISPR/Cas9 systems are nowadays applied extensively to effect genome editing in various organisms including plants. CRISPR from Prevotella and Francisella 1 (Cpf1) is a newly characterized RNA-guided endonuclease that has two distinct features as compared to Cas9. First, Cpf1 utilizes a thymidine-rich protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) while Cas9 prefers a guanidine-rich PAM. Cpf1 could be used as a sequence-specific nuclease to target AT-rich regions of a genome that Cas9 had difficulty accessing. Second, Cpf1 generates DNA ends with a 5' overhang, whereas Cas9 creates blunt DNA ends after cleavage...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905467/direct-identification-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-on-single-plasmid-molecules-using-crispr-cas9-in-combination-with-optical-dna-mapping
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Vilhelm Müller, Fredrika Rajer, Karolin Frykholm, Lena K Nyberg, Saair Quaderi, Joachim Fritzsche, Erik Kristiansson, Tobias Ambjörnsson, Linus Sandegren, Fredrik Westerlund
Bacterial plasmids are extensively involved in the rapid global spread of antibiotic resistance. We here present an assay, based on optical DNA mapping of single plasmids in nanofluidic channels, which provides detailed information about the plasmids present in a bacterial isolate. In a single experiment, we obtain the number of different plasmids in the sample, the size of each plasmid, an optical barcode that can be used to identify and trace the plasmid of interest and information about which plasmid that carries a specific resistance gene...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905217/to-crispr-and-beyond-the-evolution-of-genome-editing-in-stem-cells
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Kuang-Yui Chen, Paul S Knoepfler
The goal of editing the genomes of stem cells to generate model organisms and cell lines for genetic and biological studies has been pursued for decades. There is also exciting potential for future clinical impact in humans. While recent, rapid advances in targeted nuclease technologies have led to unprecedented accessibility and ease of gene editing, biology has benefited from past directed gene modification via homologous recombination, gene traps and other transgenic methodologies. Here we review the history of genome editing in stem cells (including via zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases and CRISPR-Cas9), discuss recent developments leading to the implementation of stem cell gene therapies in clinical trials and consider the prospects for future advances in this rapidly evolving field...
December 1, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905063/efficient-gene-targeting-in-mouse-zygotes-mediated-by-crispr-cas9-protein
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Chris J Jung, Junli Zhang, Elizabeth Trenchard, Kent C Lloyd, David B West, Barry Rosen, Pieter J de Jong
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has rapidly advanced targeted genome editing technologies. However, its efficiency in targeting with constructs in mouse zygotes via homology directed repair (HDR) remains low. Here, we systematically explored optimal parameters for targeting constructs in mouse zygotes via HDR using mouse embryonic stem cells as a model system. We characterized several parameters, including single guide RNA cleavage activity and the length and symmetry of homology arms in the construct, and we compared the targeting efficiency between Cas9, Cas9nickase, and dCas9-FokI...
November 30, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904015/deletion-of-conserved-sequences-in-ig-dmr-at-dlk1-gtl2-locus-suggests-their-involvement-in-expression-of-paternally-expressed-genes-in-mice
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Takeshi Saito, Satoshi Hara, Moe Tamano, Hiroshi Asahara, Shuji Takada
Expression regulation of the Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain by the intergenic differentially methylated region (IG-DMR) is essential for normal embryonic development in mammals. In this study, we investigated conserved IG-DMR genomic sequences in eutherians to elucidate their role in genomic imprinting of the Dlk1-Dio3 domain. Using a comparative genomics approach, we identified three highly conserved sequences in IG-DMR. To elucidate the functions of these sequences in vivo, we generated mutant mice lacking each of the identified highly conserved sequences using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902973/cd147-regulates-extrinsic-apoptosis-in-spermatocytes-by-modulating-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways
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Chaoqun Wang, Kin Lam Fok, Zhiming Cai, Hao Chen, Hsiao Chang Chan
CD147 null mutant male mice are infertile with arrested spermatogenesis and increased apoptotic germ cells. Our previous studies have shown that CD147 prevents apoptosis in mouse spermatocytes but not spermatogonia. However, the underlying mechanism remains elusive. In the present study, we aim to determine the CD147-regulated apoptotic pathway in mouse spermatocytes. Our results showed that immunodepletion of CD147 triggered apoptosis through extrinsic apoptotic pathway in mouse testis and spermatocyte cell line (GC-2 cells), accompanied by activation of non-canonical NFκB signaling and suppression of canonical NFκB signaling...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902801/achieving-plant-crispr-targeting-that-limits-off-target-effects
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Jeffrey D Wolt, Kan Wang, Dipali Sashital, Carolyn J Lawrence-Dill
The CRISPR-Cas9 system (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats with associated Cas9 protein) has been used to generate targeted changes for direct modification of endogenous genes in an increasing number of plant species; but development of plant genome editing has not yet fully considered potential off-target mismatches that may lead to unintended changes within the genome. Assessing the specificity of CRISPR-Cas9 for increasing editing efficiency as well as the potential for unanticipated downstream effects from off-target mutations is an important regulatory consideration for agricultural applications...
November 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900888/using-the-crispr-cas9-system-to-eliminate-native-plasmids-of-zymomonas-mobilis-zm4
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Qing-Hua Cao, Huan-Huan Shao, Hui Qiu, Tao Li, Yi-Zheng Zhang, Xue-Mei Tan
The CRISPR/Cas system can be used to simply and efficiently edit the genomes of various species, including animals, plants, and microbes. Zymomonas mobilis ZM4 is a highly efficient, ethanol-producing bacterium that contains five native plasmids. Here, we constructed the pSUZM2a-Cas9 plasmid and a single-guide RNA expression plasmid. The pSUZM2a-Cas9 plasmid was used to express the Cas9 gene cloned from Streptococcus pyogenes CICC 10464. The single-guide RNA expression plasmid pUC-T7sgRNA, with a T7 promoter, can be used for the in vitro synthesis of single-guide RNAs...
November 30, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899669/an-ultraconserved-element-uce-controls-homeostatic-splicing-of-arglu1-mrna
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Stephan P Pirnie, Ahmad Osman, Yinzhou Zhu, Gordon G Carmichael
Arginine and Glutamate-Rich protein 1 (ARGLU1) is a protein whose function is poorly understood, but may act in both transcription and pre-mRNA splicing. We demonstrate that the ARGLU1 gene expresses at least three distinct RNA splice isoforms - a fully spliced isoform coding for the protein, an isoform containing a retained intron that is detained in the nucleus, and an isoform containing an alternative exon that targets the transcript for nonsense mediated decay. Furthermore, ARGLU1 contains a long, highly evolutionarily conserved sequence known as an Ultraconserved Element (UCE) that is within the retained intron and overlaps the alternative exon...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899650/a-cas9-based-toolkit-to-program-gene-expression-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Amanda Reider Apel, Leo d'Espaux, Maren Wehrs, Daniel Sachs, Rachel A Li, Gary J Tong, Megan Garber, Oge Nnadi, William Zhuang, Nathan J Hillson, Jay D Keasling, Aindrila Mukhopadhyay
Despite the extensive use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a platform for synthetic biology, strain engineering remains slow and laborious. Here, we employ CRISPR/Cas9 technology to build a cloning-free toolkit that addresses commonly encountered obstacles in metabolic engineering, including chromosomal integration locus and promoter selection, as well as protein localization and solubility. The toolkit includes 23 Cas9-sgRNA plasmids, 37 promoters of various strengths and temporal expression profiles, and 10 protein-localization, degradation and solubility tags...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899629/enhanced-non-viral-gene-delivery-by-coordinated-endosomal-release-and-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-tubulin-deactylase
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Yoon Khei Ho, Li Han Zhou, Kam C Tam, Heng Phon Too
Efficient non-viral gene delivery is highly desirable but often unattainable with some cell-types. We report here that non-viral DNA polyplexes can efficiently transfect differentiated neuronal and stem cells. Polyplex transfection centrifugation protocols was enhanced by including a simultaneous treatment with a DOPE/CHEMS lipid suspension and a microtubule inhibitor, Tubastatin A. Lipoplex transfection protocols were not improved by this treatment. This mechanism of action was unravelled by systematically identifying and rationally mitigating barriers limiting high transfection efficiency, allowing unexpected improvements in the transfection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), primary neuron and several hard-to-transfect cell types beyond what are currently achievable using cationic polymers...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899575/ensembl-2017
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Bronwen L Aken, Premanand Achuthan, Wasiu Akanni, M Ridwan Amode, Friederike Bernsdorff, Jyothish Bhai, Konstantinos Billis, Denise Carvalho-Silva, Carla Cummins, Peter Clapham, Laurent Gil, Carlos García Girón, Leo Gordon, Thibaut Hourlier, Sarah E Hunt, Sophie H Janacek, Thomas Juettemann, Stephen Keenan, Matthew R Laird, Ilias Lavidas, Thomas Maurel, William McLaren, Benjamin Moore, Daniel N Murphy, Rishi Nag, Victoria Newman, Michael Nuhn, Chuang Kee Ong, Anne Parker, Mateus Patricio, Harpreet Singh Riat, Daniel Sheppard, Helen Sparrow, Kieron Taylor, Anja Thormann, Alessandro Vullo, Brandon Walts, Steven P Wilder, Amonida Zadissa, Myrto Kostadima, Fergal J Martin, Matthieu Muffato, Emily Perry, Magali Ruffier, Daniel M Staines, Stephen J Trevanion, Fiona Cunningham, Andrew Yates, Daniel R Zerbino, Paul Flicek
Ensembl (www.ensembl.org) is a database and genome browser for enabling research on vertebrate genomes. We import, analyse, curate and integrate a diverse collection of large-scale reference data to create a more comprehensive view of genome biology than would be possible from any individual dataset. Our extensive data resources include evidence-based gene and regulatory region annotation, genome variation and gene trees. An accompanying suite of tools, infrastructure and programmatic access methods ensure uniform data analysis and distribution for all supported species...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899508/optimized-inducible-shrna-and-crispr-cas9-platforms-for-in-vitro-studies-of-human-development-using-hpscs
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Alessandro Bertero, Matthias Pawlowski, Daniel Ortmann, Kirsten Snijders, Loukia Yiangou, Miguel Cardoso de Brito, Stephanie Brown, William G Bernard, James D Cooper, Elisa Giacomelli, Laure Gambardella, Nicholas R F Hannan, Dharini Iyer, Fotios Sampaziotis, Felipe Serrano, Mariëlle C F Zonneveld, Sanjay Sinha, Mark Kotter, Ludovic Vallier
Inducible loss of gene function experiments are necessary to uncover mechanisms underlying development, physiology and disease. However, current methods are complex, lack robustness and do not work in multiple cell types. Here we address these limitations by developing single-step optimized inducible gene knockdown or knockout (sOPTiKD or sOPTiKO) platforms. These are based on genetic engineering of human genomic safe harbors combined with an improved tetracycline-inducible system and CRISPR/Cas9 technology...
December 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899159/p53-signaling-modulation-of-cell-cycle-arrest-and-viral-replication-in-porcine-circovirus-type-2-infection-cells
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Dan Xu, Qian Du, Cong Han, Zengguo Wang, Xiujuan Zhang, Tongtong Wang, Xiaomin Zhao, Yong Huang, Dewen Tong
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a ubiquitous pathogen in the swine industry worldwide. Previous studies have shown that PCV2 infection induces host cell apoptosis through up-regulation of p53. To further identify the regulatory roles of p53 signaling in the process of PCV2 infection, we established p53 gene knockout PK15 cell lines using the genomic editor tool CRISPR/Cas9, and further investigated the roles of p53 in modulating the cell cycle and viral replication in this study. The results show that PCV2 infection induced obvious S phase accumulation in wild-type PK15 cells and a compromised S phase accumulation in the p53 gene mutation cells (813PK15 (p53m/m) ), but did not induce obvious S phase accumulation in the p53 gene knockout cells (148PK15 (p53-/-)) compared with the respective mock infection...
November 29, 2016: Veterinary Research
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