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Pepijn M Schoonen, Francien Talens, Colin Stok, Ewa Gogola, Anne Margriet Heijink, Peter Bouwman, Floris Foijer, Madalena Tarsounas, Sohvi Blatter, Jos Jonkers, Sven Rottenberg, Marcel A T M van Vugt
Mutations in homologous recombination (HR) genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 predispose to tumorigenesis. HR-deficient cancers are hypersensitive to Poly (ADP ribose)-polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, but can acquire resistance and relapse. Mechanistic understanding how PARP inhibition induces cytotoxicity in HR-deficient cancer cells is incomplete. Here we find PARP inhibition to compromise replication fork stability in HR-deficient cancer cells, leading to mitotic DNA damage and consequent chromatin bridges and lagging chromosomes in anaphase, frequently leading to cytokinesis failure, multinucleation and cell death...
July 17, 2017: Nature Communications
Honghao Bi, Bing Yang
Engineered, site-specific nucleases induce genomic double-strand DNA breaks and break repair processes enable genome editing in a plethora of eukaryotic genomes. TALENs (transcription activator-like effector nucleases) and CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated proteins) are potent biotechnological tools used for genome editing. In rice, species-tailored editing tools have proven to be efficient and easy to use. Both tools are capable of generating DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in vivo and such breaks can be repaired either by error-prone NHEJ (nonhomologous end joining) that leads to nucleotide insertions or deletions or by HDR (homology-directed repair) if an appropriate exogenous DNA template is provided...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Longlong Wang, Longxiang Wang, Yu Zhou, Deqiang Duanmu
Nitrogen-fixing rhizobia have established a symbiotic relationship with the legume family through more than 60 million years of evolution. Hundreds of legume host genes are involved in the SNF (symbiotic nitrogen fixation) process, such as recognition of the bacterial partners, nodulation signaling and nodule development, maintenance of highly efficient nitrogen fixation within nodules, regulation of nodule numbers, and nodule senescence. However, investigations of SNF-related gene functions and dissecting molecular mechanisms of the complicated signaling crosstalk on a genomic scale were significantly restricted by insufficient mutant resources of several representative model legumes...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Sumitra Shankar, Deepti Prasad, Rahul Sanawar, Ani V Das, M Radhakrishna Pillai
Human Papillomavirus E7 and E6 oncoproteins have been considered as suitable candidate anti-viral targets since they cause malignant conversion in cervical cancers. Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases (TALENs) are recent editing tools to knockout genes by inducing double stranded breaks at specific sites in the genome. In here, we have designed specific TALENs to target E7 and analyzed their efficiency in inducing cell death in cervical cancer cells. We found that designed TALENs could yield about 10-12% editing activity as observed from T7E1 and nuclease resistance assays...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ana Melero, Christina Draheim, Steffi Hansen, Elisa Giner, Juan José Carreras, Raquel Talens-Visconti, Teresa María Garrigues, José Esteban Peris, Ma Carmen Recio, Rosa Giner, Claus-Michael Lehr
The therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases is still rather inefficient, and about 80% of patients require surgery at some stage. Improving the treatments by more efficient medication is, therefore, an urgent medical need. The objective of this project was to demonstrate targeted delivery of Cyclosporine-A (CYA) to the inflamed areas of the intestinal mucosa after oral administration, enabling improved alleviation of the symptoms and, at the same time, reduced systemic drug absorption and associated adverse effects...
July 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Alexander Kwarteng, Samuel Terkper Ahuno, Godwin Kwakye-Nuako
Current treatment for HIV-1 largely relies on chemotherapy through the administration of antiretroviral drugs. While the search for anti-HIV-1 vaccine remain elusive, the use of highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) have been far-reaching and has changed HIV-1 into a manageable chronic infection. There is compelling evidence, including several side-effects of ARTs, suggesting that eradication of HIV-1 cannot depend solely on antiretrovirals. Gene therapy, an expanding treatment strategy, using RNA interference (RNAi) and programmable nucleases such as meganuclease, zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN), and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas9) are transforming the therapeutic landscape of HIV-1...
July 14, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
Lulu Cai, Yanyan Cao, Zhengyin Xu, Wenxiu Ma, Muhammad Zakria, Lifang Zou, Zaiquan Cheng, Gongyou Chen
Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola (Xoc) and X. oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) cause bacterial leaf streak (BLS) and bacterial leaf blight (BLB) in rice, respectively. Unlike Xoo, endogenous avirulence-resistance (avr-R) gene interactions have not been identified in the Xoc-rice pathosystem; however, both pathogens possess transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) that are known to modulate R or S genes in rice. The transfer of individual tal genes from Xoc RS105 (hypervirulent) into Xoc YNB0-17 (hypovirulent) led to the identification of tal7, which suppressed avrXa7-Xa7 mediated defense in rice containing an Xa7 R gene...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Maria Teresa Aznar-Saliente, Laura Roca-Aznar, Amparo Talens-Bolós, Paola Herraiz-Robles, Manuel Bonete-Sánchez, Laia Pons-Martínez, Borja Marcos-Ribes
OBJECTIVE: To determine the number and type of errors found in the record of drug-related problems in the SINEA database, an electronic system for voluntary reporting of adverse events in healthcare, in order to quantify the differences between the raw and refined databases, suggest improvements, and determine the need for refining said databases. METHODS: A Pharmacist reviewed the database and refined the adverse events reported from January to August, 2014, considering the "describe_what_happened" field as the gold standard...
July 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
B Siewert, M Langerman, Y Hontani, J T M Kennis, V H S van Rixel, B Limburg, M A Siegler, V Talens Saez, R E Kieltyka, S Bonnet
Coupling the notoriously non-emissive complex [Ru(tpy)(bpy)Cl]Cl (tpy = 2,2':6',2''-terpyridine, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) to a C12 alkyl chain via an amide linker on the 4' position of the terpyridine yielded a new amphiphilic ruthenium complex showing red emission and chloride-dependent aggregation properties. This emissive complex is highly cytotoxic in A549 non-small lung cancer cells where it can be followed by confocal microscopy. Uptake occurs within minutes, first by insertion into the cellular membrane, and then by migration to the peri-nuclear region...
July 6, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Fernando A L Marson, Carmen S Bertuzzo, José D Ribeiro
The advent of the knowledge on human genetics, by the identification of disease-associated variants, culminated in the understanding of human variability. With the genetic knowledge, the specificity of the clinical phenotype and the drug response of each individual were understood. Using the cystic fibrosis (CF) as an example, the new terms that emerged such as personalized medicine and precision medicine can be characterized. The genetic knowledge in CF is broad and the presence of a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene enables the phenotype-genotype association studies (including the response to drugs), considering the wide clinical and laboratory spectrum dependent on the mutual action of genotype, environment, and lifestyle...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Christos Georgiadis, Waseem Qasim
The first applications of gene-edited T cells are reaching clinical phase testing as new reagents including TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases have emerged to allow efficient and highly specific cell engineering. The transplant setting is an ideal testing ground for these new therapies, given the established infrastructure for cell based interventions. Powerful new immunotherapies are anticipated, which will need to be evaluated in carefully monitored studies, designed to capture both molecular and immunological events over an extended period of time...
July 4, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
Pei Liu, Wei Wang, Dongzhi Wei
Filamentous fungi have wide applications in the field of biotechnology. The use of transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) is a powerful genome-engineering tool, which can facilitate genome editing and transcriptional modulation, and has been used for genetic modification in a variety of organisms. However, a transcription activator-like effectors nuclease (TALEN) approach has not been used in filamentous fungi so far. Here, we aimed to establish the shortest TALEN and TALE-transcription factor (TALE-TF) proteins for use in gene modification and transcription in the filamentous fungus Trichoderma reesei...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Ting Wang, Jian Jiao, Hao Zhang, Wang Zhou, Zhenxi Li, Shuai Han, Jing Wang, Xinghai Yang, Quan Huang, Zhipeng Wu, Wangjun Yan, Jianru Xiao
Although protease activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) has been confirmed as an oncogene in many cancers, the role of PAR-1 in giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone has been rarely reported. The mechanism of PAR-1 in tumor-induced osteoclastogenesis still remains unclear. In the present study, we detected that PAR-1 was significantly upregulated in GCT of bone compared to normal tissues, while TGF-β was also overexpressed in GCT tissues and could promote the expression of PAR-1 in a dose and time dependent manner. By using the luciferase reporter assay, we found that two downstreams of TGF-β, Smad3 and Smad4, could activate the promoter of PAR-1, which might explain the mechanism of TGF-β induced PAR-1 expression...
July 3, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Bo Li, Ming Qian, Hao Cao, Qi Jia, Zhipeng Wu, Xinghai Yang, Tianyi Ma, Haifeng Wei, Tianrui Chen, Jianru Xiao
Although emerging studies have implicated that Aiopoietin-like 4 Protein (ANGPTL4) is related to the aggressiveness and metastasis of many tumors, the role of ANGPLT4 in giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone was rarely investigated. The mechanism of ANGPLT4 in tumor-induced osteoclastogenesis still remains unclear. In this study, we first demonstrated that ANGPTL4 was highly expressed in GCT compared to normal tissues, while we showed that TGF-β2 released by osteoclasts induced bone resorption could increase the expression of ANGPTL4 in GCTSCs...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
Yasunori Sasakura, Keita Yoshida, Nicholas Treen
The ascidian Ciona intestinalis is an important model animal for studying developmental mechanisms for constructing the chordate body. Although molecular and embryological techniques for manipulating Ciona genes were developed a long time ago, recent achievements of genome editing in this animal have innovated functional analyses of genes in Ciona. Particularly, knockout of genes in the G0 generation coupled with tissue-specific expression of TALENs enables us to rapidly address gene functions that were difficult using previous methods...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Takuya Tsubota, Hideki Sezutsu
Silkworm is a lepidopteran insect that has been used as a model for a wide variety of biological studies. The microinjection technique is available and it is possible to cause transgenesis as well as target gene disruption via the genome editing technique. TALEN-mediated knock-out is especially effective in this species. We also succeeded in the precise and efficient integration of a donor vector using the Precise Integration into Target Chromosome (PITCh) method. Here, we describe protocols for ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing as well as the PITCh technique in the silkworm...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Atsuo Kawahara
Genome editing technologies such as ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 efficiently induce DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) at a targeted genomic locus, often resulting in a frameshift-mediated target gene disruption. It remains difficult to perform targeted integration of exogenous genes by genome editing technologies. DSBs can be restored through DNA repair mechanisms, such as non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ), and homologous recombination (HR). It is well known that HR facilitates homology-dependent integration of donor DNA template into a targeted locus...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jae Yong Han, Hong Jo Lee
Rapid development of genome editing technology has facilitated the studies on exploring specific gene functions and establishment of model animals. In livestock, the technology has contributed to create high value in industry fields, e.g., enhancing productivity or acquiring the resistance against disease. Meanwhile, genome editing in avian species has been emphasized because of their applicable possibilities in terms of highly productive chickens, disease-controlled avian lines, and development of novel biological models...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Zhen Liu, Yijun Cai, Qiang Sun
Gene-modified monkey models would be particularly valuable in biomedical and neuroscience research. Virus-based transgenic and programmable nucleases-based site-specific gene editing methods (TALEN, CRISPR-cas9) enable the generation of gene-modified monkeys with gain or loss of function of specific genes. Here, we describe the generation of transgenic and knock-out (KO) monkeys with high efficiency by lentivirus and programmable nucleases.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Masahito Watanabe, Hiroshi Nagashima
Pigs are important livestock for food and have been used in various biomedical studies, particularly translational research, as experimental animals because of their anatomical and physiological similarity to humans. The recent development of genome editing techniques, such as ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9, has rapidly expanded the use of genome editing tools in a variety of animals, resulting in the relatively easy and efficient generation of gene knock-out pigs. In the past few years, there has been a sustained increase in reports describing the development of genetically modified pigs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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