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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437703/antiviral-treatment-strategies-based-on-gene-silencing-and-genome-editing
#1
REVIEW
Roger Badia, Ester Ballana, José A Esté, Eva Riveira-Muñoz
The ability of some viruses to establish latently infected chronic reservoirs that escape to immune control becomes a major roadblock that impedes the cure of these infections. Therefore, new alternatives are needed to pursuit the eradication of viral persistent infections. Gene silencing technologies are in constant evolution and provide an outstanding sequence specificity that allows targeting any coding sequence of interest. Here we provide an overview of the development of gene silencing technologies ranging from initially RNA interference to the recently developed CRISPR/Cas9 and their potential as new antiviral strategies focusing on the eradication of HIV...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437608/crispr-cas9-mediated-dna-unwinding-detected-using-site-directed-spin-labeling
#2
Narin S Tangprasertchai, Rosa Di Felice, Xiaojun Zhang, Ian M Slaymaker, Carolina Vazquez Reyes, Wei Jiang, Remo Rohs, Peter Z Qin
The RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease has revolutionized genome engineering, yet its mechanism for DNA target selection is not fully understood. A crucial step in Cas9 target recognition involves unwinding of the DNA duplex to form a three-stranded R-loop structure. Work reported here demonstrates direct detection of Cas9-mediated DNA unwinding by a combination of site-directed spin labeling and Molecular Dynamics simulations. The results support a model in which the unwound non-target strand is stabilized by a positively-charged patch located between the two nuclease domains of Cas9, and reveal uneven increases in flexibility along the unwound non-target strand upon scissions of the DNA backbone...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437526/prominin-1-is-a-novel-regulator-of-autophagy-in-the-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#3
Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jinggang Yin, Christina S Winborn, Qiuhua Zhang, Junming Yue, Edward Chaum
Purpose: Prominin-1 (Prom1) is a transmembrane glycoprotein, which is expressed in stem cell lineages, and has recently been implicated in cancer stem cell survival. Mutations in the Prom1 gene have been shown to disrupt photoreceptor disk morphogenesis and cause an autosomal dominant form of Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD4). Despite the apparent structural role of Prom1 in photoreceptors, its role in other cells of the retina is unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Prom1 in the highly metabolically active cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437394/selective-degradation-of-splicing-factor-caper%C3%AE-by-anticancer-sulfonamides
#4
Taisuke Uehara, Yukinori Minoshima, Koji Sagane, Naoko Hata Sugi, Kaoru Ogawa Mitsuhashi, Noboru Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kamiyama, Kentaro Takahashi, Yoshihiko Kotake, Mai Uesugi, Akira Yokoi, Atsushi Inoue, Taku Yoshida, Miyuki Mabuchi, Akito Tanaka, Takashi Owa
Target-protein degradation is an emerging field in drug discovery and development. In particular, the substrate-receptor proteins of the cullin-ubiquitin ligase system play a key role in selective protein degradation, which is an essential component of the anti-myeloma activity of immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), such as lenalidomide. Here, we demonstrate that a series of anticancer sulfonamides NSC 719239 (E7820), indisulam, and NSC 339004 (chloroquinoxaline sulfonamide, CQS) induce proteasomal degradation of the U2AF-related splicing factor coactivator of activating protein-1 and estrogen receptors (CAPERα) via CRL4(DCAF15) mediated ubiquitination in human cancer cell lines...
April 24, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436707/samhd1-protects-cancer-cells-from-various-nucleoside-based-antimetabolites
#5
Nikolas Herold, Sean G Rudd, Kumar Sanjiv, Juliane Kutzner, Julia Bladh, Cynthia B J Paulin, Thomas Helleday, J I Henter, Torsten Schaller
Recently, we demonstrated that sterile alpha motif and HD domain containing protein 1 (SAMHD1) is a major barrier in acute myelogenous leukemic (AML) cells to the cytotoxicity of cytarabine (ara-C), the most important drug in AML treatment. Ara-C is intracellularly converted by the canonical dNTP synthesis pathway to ara-CTP, which serves as a substrate but not an allosteric activator of SAMHD1. Using an AML mouse model, we show here that wild type but not catalytically inactive SAMHD1 reduces ara-C treatment efficacy in vivo...
April 24, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436452/disrupted-neuronal-maturation-in-angelman-syndrome-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#6
James J Fink, Tiwanna M Robinson, Noelle D Germain, Carissa L Sirois, Kaitlyn A Bolduc, Amanda J Ward, Frank Rigo, Stormy J Chamberlain, Eric S Levine
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic disorder caused by deletion of the maternally inherited UBE3A allele and is characterized by developmental delay, intellectual disability, ataxia, seizures and a happy affect. Here, we explored the underlying pathophysiology using induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons from AS patients and unaffected controls. AS-derived neurons showed impaired maturation of resting membrane potential and action potential firing, decreased synaptic activity and reduced synaptic plasticity...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435892/dramatic-improvement-of-crispr-cas9-editing-in-candida-albicans-by-increased-single-guide-rna-expression
#7
Henry Ng, Neta Dean
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system with CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) has emerged as a versatile tool for genome editing in Candida albicans. Mounting evidence from other model systems suggests that the intracellular levels of single guide RNA (sgRNA) limit the efficiency of Cas9-dependent DNA cleavage. Here, we tested this idea and describe a new means of sgRNA delivery that improves previously described methods by ~10-fold. The efficiency of Cas9/sgRNA-dependent cleavage and repair of a single-copy yeast enhanced monomeric red fluorescent protein (RFP) gene was measured as a function of various parameters that are hypothesized to affect sgRNA accumulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional processing...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434148/advancing-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-therapy-with-crispr-cas9
#8
REVIEW
Jiangtao Ren, Yangbing Zhao
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) system, an RNA-guided DNA targeting technology, is triggering a revolution in the field of biology. CRISPR/Cas9 has demonstrated great potential for genetic manipulation. In this review, we discuss the current development of CRISPR/Cas9 technologies for therapeutic applications, especially chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell-based adoptive immunotherapy. Different methods used to facilitate efficient CRISPR delivery and gene editing in T cells are compared...
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433723/elimination-of-the-cryptic-plasmid-in-leuconostoc-citreum-by-crispr-cas9-system
#9
Ye-Ji Jang, Seung-Oh Seo, Seul-Ah Kim, Ling Li, Tae-Jip Kim, Sun Chang Kim, Yong-Su Jin, Nam Soo Han
Leuconostoc spp. are important lactic acid bacteria for the fermentation of foods. In particular, L. citreum strains isolated from various foods have been used as host strains for genetic and metabolic engineering studies. In order to develop a food-grade genetic engineering system, L. citreum CB2567 was isolated from Kimchi. However, the isolated bacterium contained a cryptic plasmid which was difficult to eliminate. As the existence of the plasmid might hinder strain engineering, we eliminated the plasmid using an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease CRISPR/Cas9 system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433382/applications-of-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-kidney-research
#10
REVIEW
Yoshiki Higashijima, Seiichi Hirano, Masaomi Nangaku, Osamu Nureki
The recently discovered clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) is an RNA-guided DNA nuclease, and has been harnessed for the development of simple, efficient, and relatively inexpensive technologies to precisely manipulate the genomic information in virtually all cell types and organisms. The CRIPSR-Cas9 systems have already been effectively used to disrupt multiple genes simultaneously, create conditional alleles, and generate reporter proteins, even in vivo...
April 19, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432338/crispr-cas9-mediated-inactivation-of-argonaute-2-reveals-its-differential-involvement-in-antiviral-responses
#11
Márta Ludman, József Burgyán, Károly Fátyol
RNA silencing constitutes an important antiviral mechanism in plants. Small RNA guided Argonaute proteins fulfill essential role in this process by acting as executors of viral restriction. Plants encode multiple Argonaute proteins of which several exhibit antiviral activities. A recent addition to this group is AGO2. Its involvement in antiviral responses is established predominantly by studies employing mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. In the virological model plant, Nicotiana benthamiana, the contribution of AGO2 to antiviral immunity is much less certain due to the lack of appropriate genetic mutants...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432220/mir-155-promotes-flt3-itd-induced-myeloproliferative-disease-through-inhibition-of-the-interferon-response
#12
Jared A Wallace, Dominique A Kagele, Anna M Eiring, Carissa N Kim, Ruozhen Hu, Marah C Runtsch, Margaret Alexander, Thomas B Huffaker, Soh-Hyun Lee, Ami B Patel, Timothy L Mosbruger, Warren Voth, Dinesh S Rao, Rodney R Miles, June L Round, Michael W Deininger, Ryan M O'Connell
FLT3-ITD(+) AML accounts for approximately 25% of all AML cases, and is a subtype that carries a poor prognosis. miR-155 is specifically overexpressed in FLT3-ITD(+) AML compared to FLT3-WT AML, and is critical for the growth of FLT3-ITD(+) AML cells in vitro. However, miR-155's role in regulating FLT3-ITD-mediated disease in vivo remains unclear. In this study, we utilized a genetic mouse model to determine whether miR-155 influences the development of FLT3-ITD-induced myeloproliferative disease. Results indicate that miR-155 promotes FLT3-ITD-induced myeloid expansion in the bone marrow, spleen, and peripheral blood...
April 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430356/crispr-cas9-an-rna-guided-highly-precise-synthetic-tool-for-plant-genome-editing
#13
REVIEW
Yeliz Demirci, Baohong Zhang, Turgay Unver
CRISPR/Cas 9 is a newly developed and naturally occurred genome editing tool, which is originally used by bacteria for immune defence. In the past years, it has been quickly employed and modified to precisely edit genome sequences in both plants and animals. Compared with the well-developed zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), CRISPR/Cas 9 has lots of advantages, including easier to design and implement, higher targeting efficiency, and less expensive. Thus, it is becoming one of the most powerful tools for knockout of an individual gene as well as insertion of one gene and/or control of gene transcription...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429771/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-one-blastomere-of-two-cell-embryos-reveals-a-novel-tet3-function-in-regulating-neocortical-development
#14
Lingbo Wang, Min-Yin Li, Chao Qu, Wan-Ying Miao, Qi Yin, Jiaoyang Liao, Hua-Teng Cao, Min Huang, Kai Wang, Erwei Zuo, Guangdun Peng, Shu-Xin Zhang, Guodong Chen, Qing Li, Ke Tang, Qian Yu, Zhoujie Li, Catherine Cl Wong, Guoliang Xu, Naihe Jing, Xiang Yu, Jinsong Li
Studying the early function of essential genes is an important and challenging problem in developmental biology. Here, we established a method for rapidly inducing CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutations in one blastomere of two-cell stage embryos, termed 2-cell embryo-CRISPR-Cas9 injection (2CC), to study the in vivo function of essential (or unknown) genes in founder chimeric mice. By injecting both Cre mRNA and CRISPR-Cas9 targeting the gene of interest into fluorescent reporter mice, the 2CC method can trace both wild-type and mutant cells at different developmental stages, offering internal control for phenotypic analyses of mutant cells...
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429769/gene-and-mutation-independent-therapy-via-crispr-cas9-mediated-cellular-reprogramming-in-rod-photoreceptors
#15
Jie Zhu, Chang Ming, Xin Fu, Yaou Duan, Duc Anh Hoang, Jeffrey Rutgard, Runze Zhang, Wenqiu Wang, Rui Hou, Daniel Zhang, Edward Zhang, Charlotte Zhang, Xiaoke Hao, Wenjun Xiong, Kang Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428262/uncoupling-neurogenic-gene-networks-in-the-drosophila-embryo
#16
William A Rogers, Yogesh Goyal, Kei Yamaya, Stanislav Y Shvartsman, Michael S Levine
The EGF signaling pathway specifies neuronal identities in the Drosophila embryo by regulating developmental patterning genes such as intermediate neurons defective (ind). EGFR is activated in the ventral midline and neurogenic ectoderm by the Spitz ligand, which is processed by the Rhomboid protease. CRISPR/Cas9 was used to delete defined rhomboid enhancers mediating expression at each site of Spitz processing. Surprisingly, the neurogenic ectoderm, not the ventral midline, was found to be the dominant source of EGF patterning activity...
April 20, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428254/a-novel-physiological-role-for-arf1-in-the-formation-of-bi-directional-tubules-from-the-golgi
#17
Francesca Bottanelli, Nicole Kilian, Andreas M Ernst, Felix Rivera-Molina, Lena K Schroeder, Emil B Kromann, Mark D Lessard, Roman S Erdmann, Alanna Schepartz, David Baddeley, Joerg Bewersdorf, Derek Toomre, James E Rothman
Capitalizing on CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing techniques and super-resolution nanoscopy, we have explored the role of the small GTPase ARF1 in mediating transport steps at the Golgi. Surprisingly, beside its well-established role in generating COPI vesicles, we find that ARF1 is additionally involved in the formation of long (∼ 3 μm), thin (∼ 110 nm diameter) tubular carriers. The anterograde and retrograde tubular carriers are both largely free of the classical Golgi coat proteins Coatomer (COPI) and Clathrin...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427715/multiplexed-dynamic-imaging-of-genomic-loci-by-combined-crispr-imaging-and-dna-sequential-fish
#18
Yodai Takei, Sheel Shah, Sho Harvey, Lei S Qi, Long Cai
Visualization of chromosome dynamics allows the investigation of spatiotemporal chromatin organization and its role in gene regulation and other cellular processes. However, current approaches to label multiple genomic loci in live cells have a fundamental limitation in the number of loci that can be labeled and uniquely identified. Here we describe an approach we call "track first and identify later" for multiplexed visualization of chromosome dynamics by combining two techniques: CRISPR imaging and DNA sequential fluorescence in situ hybridization...
April 17, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426962/evidence-for-mechanosensitive-channel-activity-of-tentonin-3-tmem150c
#19
Gyu-Sang Hong, Byeongjun Lee, Uhtaek Oh
Mechanosensation is essential for various physiological processes, and it is mediated by mechanotransduction channels. Recently, we reported that TMEM150C/Tentonin 3 (TTN3) confers mechanically activated currents with slow inactivation kinetics in several cell types, including dorsal root ganglion neurons (Hong et al., 2016). The accompanying Matters Arising by Dubin, Murthy, and colleagues confirms that naive heterologous cells demonstrate a mechanically activated current, but finds that this response is absent in CRISPR-Cas9 Piezo1 knockout cell lines and suggests that TTN3 is a modulator of Piezo1...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426961/endogenous-piezo1-can-confound-mechanically-activated-channel-identification-and-characterization
#20
Adrienne E Dubin, Swetha Murthy, Amanda H Lewis, Lucie Brosse, Stuart M Cahalan, Jörg Grandl, Bertrand Coste, Ardem Patapoutian
A gold standard for characterizing mechanically activated (MA) currents is via heterologous expression of candidate channels in naive cells. Two recent studies described MA channels using this paradigm. TMEM150c was proposed to be a component of an MA channel partly based on a heterologous expression approach (Hong et al., 2016). In another study, Piezo1's N-terminal "propeller" domain was proposed to constitute an intrinsic mechanosensitive module based on expression of a chimera between a pore-forming domain of the mechanically insensitive ASIC1 channel and Piezo1 (Zhao et al...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
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