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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318513/targeted-elimination-of-mutant-mitochondrial-dna-in-melas-ipscs-by-mitotalens
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Yi Yang, Han Wu, Xiangjin Kang, Yanhui Liang, Ting Lan, Tianjie Li, Tao Tan, Jiangyun Peng, Quanjun Zhang, Geng An, Yali Liu, Qian Yu, Zhenglai Ma, Ying Lian, Boon Seng Soh, Qingfeng Chen, Ping Liu, Yaoyong Chen, Xiaofang Sun, Rong Li, Xiumei Zhen, Ping Liu, Yang Yu, Xiaoping Li, Yong Fan
Mitochondrial diseases are maternally inherited heterogeneous disorders that are primarily caused by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. Depending on the ratio of mutant to wild-type mtDNA, known as heteroplasmy, mitochondrial defects can result in a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. Mitochondria-targeted endonucleases provide an alternative avenue for treating mitochondrial disorders via targeted destruction of the mutant mtDNA and induction of heteroplasmic shifting. Here, we generated mitochondrial disease patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (MiPSCs) that harbored a high proportion of m...
January 9, 2018: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301855/gene-editing-as-a-promising-approach-for-respiratory-diseases
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Yichun Bai, Yang Liu, Zhenlei Su, Yana Ma, Chonghua Ren, Runzhen Zhao, Hong-Long Ji
Respiratory diseases, which are leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the world, are dysfunctions of the nasopharynx, the trachea, the bronchus, the lung and the pleural cavity. Symptoms of chronic respiratory diseases, such as cough, sneezing and difficulty breathing, may seriously affect the productivity, sleep quality and physical and mental well-being of patients, and patients with acute respiratory diseases may have difficulty breathing, anoxia and even life-threatening respiratory failure. Respiratory diseases are generally heterogeneous, with multifaceted causes including smoking, ageing, air pollution, infection and gene mutations...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282799/a-beginner-s-guide-to-gene-editing
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Patrick T Harrison, Stephen Hart
Genome editing enables precise changes to be made in the genome of living cells. The technique was originally developed in the 1980's but largely limited to use in mice. The discovery that a targeted double stranded break (DSB) at a unique site in the genome, close to the site to be changed, could substantially increase the efficiency of editing raised the possibility of using the technique in a broader range of animal models and potentially human cells. But the challenge was to identify reagents that could create targeted breaks at a unique genomic location with minimal off-target effects...
December 28, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260740/-hepatitis-c-can-be-cured-will-hepatitis-b-become-next
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V P Chulanov, A P Zueva, D S Kostyushev, S A Brezgin, E V Volchkova, V V Maleyev
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and C (CHC) are one of the leading causes of cirrhosis and liver cancer with over a million of people dying annually from their consequences. In Russia CHB and CHC morbidity and related mortality show an upward trend. As a result of recent breakthroughs in antiviral therapeutics CHC became a curable disease. Modern therapeutics effectively suppress viral replication in CHB patients, but withdrawal of antivirals usually results in disease relapse. Loss of HBsAg required for the so called 'functional cure' is a very rare event...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246309/fine-and-predictable-tuning-of-talen-gene-editing-targeting-for-improved-t-cell-adoptive-immunotherapy
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Anne-Sophie Gautron, Alexandre Juillerat, Valérie Guyot, Jean-Marie Filhol, Emilie Dessez, Aymeric Duclert, Philippe Duchateau, Laurent Poirot
Using a TALEN-mediated gene-editing approach, we have previously described a process for the large-scale manufacturing of "off-the-shelf" CAR T cells from third-party donor T cells by disrupting the gene encoding TCRα constant chain (TRAC). Taking advantage of a previously described strategy to control TALEN targeting based on the exclusion capacities of non-conventional RVDs, we have developed highly efficient and specific nucleases targeting a key T cell immune checkpoint, PD-1, to improve engineered CAR T cells' functionalities...
December 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228103/fertility-impairment-with-defective-spermatogenesis-and-steroidogenesis-in-male-zebrafish-lacking-androgen-receptor
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Haipei Tang, Yu Chen, Le Wang, Yike Yin, Gaofei Li, Yin Guo, Yun Liu, Haoran Lin, Christopher H K Cheng, Xiaochun Liu
The pivotal role of androgen receptor (AR) in regulating male fertility has attracted much research attention in the past two decades. Previous studies have shown that total androgen receptor knockout would lead to incomplete spermatogenesis and a lowered serum testosterone levels in mice, resulting in azoospermia and infertility. However, the precise physiological role of ar in controlling fertility of male fish is still poorly understood. In this study, we have established an ar knockout zebrafish line by transcription activator-like effectors nucleases (TALENs)...
December 6, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222170/imprecision-and-dna-break-repair-biased-towards-incompatible-end-joining-in-leukemia
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Franz Josef Gassner, Maria Schubert, Stefan Rebhandl, Karina Spandl, Nadja Zaborsky, Kemal Catakovic, Stephanie Blaimer, Daniel Hebenstreit, Richard Greil, Roland Geisberger
Cancer is a genetic disease caused by mutations and chromosomal abnormalities which contribute to uncontrolled cell growth. In addition, cancer cells can rapidly respond to conventional and targeted therapies by accumulating novel and often specific genetic lesions leading to acquired drug resistance and relapsing disease. In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), however, diverse chromosomal aberrations often occur. In many cases, improper repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) is a major source for genomic abnormalities...
December 8, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216270/generation-and-characterization-of-kctd15-mutations-in-zebrafish
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Alison Heffer, Gregory D Marquart, Allisan Aquilina-Beck, Nabil Saleem, Harold A Burgess, Igor B Dawid
Potassium channel tetramerization domain containing 15 (Kctd15) was previously found to have a role in early neural crest (NC) patterning, specifically delimiting the region where NC markers are expressed via repression of transcription factor AP-2a and inhibition of Wnt signaling. We used transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) to generate null mutations in zebrafish kctd15a and kctd15b paralogs to study the in vivo role of Kctd15. We found that while deletions producing frame-shift mutations in each paralog showed no apparent phenotype, kctd15a/b double mutant zebrafish are smaller in size and show several phenotypes including some affecting the NC, such as expansion of the early NC domain, increased pigmentation, and craniofacial defects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208373/roles-of-maternal-wnt8a-transcripts-in-axis-formation-in-zebrafish
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Hiromu Hino, Akiko Nakanishi, Ryoko Seki, Tsubasa Aoki, Etsuro Yamaha, Atsuo Kawahara, Takashi Shimizu, Masahiko Hibi
In early zebrafish development, the program for dorsal axis formation begins soon after fertilization. Previous studies suggested that dorsal determinants (DDs) localize to the vegetal pole, and are transported to the dorsal blastomeres in a microtubule-dependent manner. The DDs activate the canonical Wnt pathway and induce dorsal-specific genes that are required for dorsal axis formation. Among wnt-family genes, only the wnt8a mRNA is reported to localize to the vegetal pole in oocytes and to induce the dorsal axis, suggesting that Wnt8a is a candidate DD...
December 2, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196142/new-transgenic-models-of-parkinson-s-disease-using-genome-editing-technology
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J A Cota-Coronado, S Sandoval-Ávila, Y P Gaytan-Dávila, N F Diaz, B Vega-Ruiz, E Padilla-Camberos, N E Díaz-Martínez
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. It is characterised by selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, which results in dopamine depletion, leading to a number of motor and non-motor symptoms. DEVELOPMENT: In recent years, the development of new animal models using nuclease-based genome-editing technology (ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases) has enabled the introduction of custom-made modifications into the genome to replicate key features of PD, leading to significant advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease...
November 28, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186020/applications-of-alternative-nucleases-in-the-age-of-crispr-cas9
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Tuhin K Guha, David R Edgell
Breakthroughs in the development of programmable site-specific nucleases, including zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), meganucleases (MNs), and most recently, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) associated proteins (including Cas9) have greatly enabled and accelerated genome editing. By targeting double-strand breaks to user-defined locations, the rates of DNA repair events are greatly enhanced relative to un-catalyzed events at the same sites...
November 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179035/generation-of-a-talen-mediated-p63-knock-in-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yuki Kobayashi, Ryuhei Hayashi, Andrew J Quantock, Kohji Nishida
The expression of p63 in surface ectodermal cells during development of the cornea, skin, oral mucosa and olfactory placodes is integral to the process of cellular self-renewal and the maintenance of the epithelial stem cell status. Here, we used TALEN technology to generate a p63 knock-in (KI) human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cell line in which p63 expression can be visualized via enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) expression. The KI-hiPS cells maintained pluripotency and expressed the stem cell marker gene, ΔNp63α...
October 31, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163669/current-status-and-perspectives-of-genome-editing-technology-for-microalgae
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Seungjib Jeon, Jong-Min Lim, Hyung-Gwan Lee, Sung-Eun Shin, Nam Kyu Kang, Youn-Il Park, Hee-Mock Oh, Won-Joong Jeong, Byeong-Ryool Jeong, Yong Keun Chang
Genome editing techniques are critical for manipulating genes not only to investigate their functions in biology but also to improve traits for genetic engineering in biotechnology. Genome editing has been greatly facilitated by engineered nucleases, dubbed molecular scissors, including zinc-finger nuclease (ZFN), TAL effector endonuclease (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced palindromic sequences (CRISPR)/Cas9. In particular, CRISPR/Cas9 has revolutionized genome editing fields with its simplicity, efficiency and accuracy compared to previous nucleases...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150002/gene-editing-and-crispr-therapeutics-strategies-taught-by-cell-and-gene-therapy
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Juan C Ramirez
A few years ago, we assisted in the demonstration for the first time of the revolutionary idea of a type of adaptive-immune system in the bacteria kingdom. This system, named CRISPR, and variants engineered in the lab, have been demonstrated as functional with extremely high frequency and fidelity in almost all eukaryotic cells studied to date. The capabilities of this RNA-guided nuclease have added to the interest that was announced with the advent of previous technologies for genome editing tools, such as ZFN and TALEN...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138463/talen-mediated-shift-of-mitochondrial-dna-heteroplasmy-in-melas-ipscs-with-m-13513g-a-mutation
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Naoki Yahata, Yuji Matsumoto, Minoru Omi, Naoki Yamamoto, Ryuji Hata
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are suitable for studying mitochondrial diseases caused by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. Here, we generated iPSCs from a patient with mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) with the m.13513G>A mutation. The patient's dermal fibroblasts were reprogrammed, and we established two iPSC clones with and without mutant mtDNA. Furthermore, we tried to decrease mutant mtDNA level in iPSCs using transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs)...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130159/the-future-of-crispr-applications-in-the-lab-the-clinic-and-society
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Soren H Hough, Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi
CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has emerged as one of the premiere biological tools of the century. Even more so than older genome editing techniques such as TALENs and ZFNs, CRISPR provides speed and ease-of-use heretofore unheard of in agriculture, the environment and human health. The ability to map the function of virtually every component of the genome in a scalable, multiplexed manner is unprecedented. Once those regions have been explored, CRISPR also presents an opportunity to take advantage of endogenous cellular repair pathways to change and precisely edit the genome [1-3]...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124278/targeted-gene-editing-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-site-specific-nucleases
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Sylvia Merkert, Ulrich Martin
Introduction of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology and site-directed nucleases brought a major breakthrough in the development of regenerative therapies and biomedical research. With the advancement of ZFNs, TALENs, and the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, straightforward and precise manipulation of the genome of human pluripotent stem cells (PSC) became possible, allowing relatively easy and fast generation of gene knockouts, integration of transgenes, or even introduction of single nucleotide changes for correction or introduction of disease-specific mutations...
November 10, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123113/talen-mediated-functional-correction-of-human-ipsc-derived-macrophages-in-context-of-hereditary-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
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Alexandra Kuhn, Mania Ackermann, Claudio Mussolino, Toni Cathomen, Nico Lachmann, Thomas Moritz
Hereditary pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (herPAP) constitutes a rare, life threatening lung disease characterized by the inability of alveolar macrophages to clear the alveolar airspaces from surfactant phospholipids. On a molecular level, the disorder is defined by a defect in the CSF2RA gene coding for the GM-CSF receptor alpha-chain (CD116). As therapeutic options are limited, we currently pursue a cell and gene therapy approach aiming for the intrapulmonary transplantation of gene-corrected macrophages derived from herPAP-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (herPAP-iPSC) employing transcriptional activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs)...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120617/live-visualization-of-hiv-1-proviral-dna-using-a-dual-color-labeled-crispr-system
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Yingxin Ma, Mingxiu Wang, Wei Li, Zhiping Zhang, Xiaowei Zhang, Guoqiang Wu, Tianwei Tan, Zongqiang Cui, Xian-En Zhang
HIV latency is one of the major problems in HIV/AIDS cure. Imaging single-copy integrated proviral HIV DNA in host cell has both virology and clinical significance but remains technical challenge. Here, we developed a dual-color labeled CRISPR system to image the HIV-1 integrated proviral DNA in latently infected cells. The pair of CRISPRs was fluorescently labeled with two different color QDs using two alternative bioorthogonal ligation reactions. Integrated HIV-sequences are successfully mapped based on the colocalized signals of QDs in living cells...
December 5, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115572/talens-mediated-homozygous-ccr5%C3%AE-32-mutations-endow-cd4-u87-cells-with-resistance-against-hiv%C3%A2-1-infection
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Ai Qing Yu, Yan Ding, Zhi Yong Lu, Yan Zhe Hao, Zhi Ping Teng, Shi Rong Yan, Dong Sheng Li, Yi Zeng
Since evidence suggests that transplantation of bone marrow stem cells with the C‑C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5)Δ32/Δ32 genotype may cure patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)‑1, the present study aimed to reproduce the CCR5Δ32 mutation in cluster of differentiation (CD)4+ U87 cells using genome engineering methods. A modified transcription activator‑like effector nucleases (TALENs) technique, combined with homologous recombination for site‑specific, size‑controlled and homozygous DNA deletions, was used to reproduce the homozygous CCR5Δ32 mutation in CD4+ U87 cells...
October 26, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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