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Hamid Reza Mirzaei, Hossein Pourghadamyari, Majid Rahmati, Abbas Mohammadi, Javid Sadri Nahand, Abbas Rezaei, Hamed Mirzaei, Jamshid Hadjati
Recently clinical trials utilizing genetically engineered T cells expressing a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that is half monoclonal antibody and half T-cell receptor have demonstrated remarkable response in patients with advanced cancers like relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and lymphoma. Moreover, emerging chimeric genome editing tools such as zinc-finger nucleases (ZNFs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas composed of sequence-specific DNA binding module(s) linked to a non-specific DNA cleavage domain have made possible to dramatically expand the ability to manipulate cells aim to treat and/or study a wide range of diseases including cancer...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Letters
Keita Yoshida, Nicholas Treen
Targeted mutagenesis of genes-of-interest is a powerful method of addressing the functions of genes. Genome editing techniques, such as transcriptional activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 systems, have enabled this approach in various organisms because of their ease of use. In the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis, recent studies show that TALEN-based knockout can be applied to establishing both mutant lines and tissue-specific knockout for addressing gene functions...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Naoki Yahata, Yuji Matsumoto, Minoru Omi, Naoki Yamamoto, Ryuji Hata
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March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiubao Chang, Yuexian Hou
Genome editing is a powerful tool to modify a specific gene and to correct a disease-causing mutation. Recently developed new techniques, such as zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9 (CRISPR/Cas9), significantly facilitate the progression in this field. However, mutations associated with the double strand DNA breaks (DSBs) introduced by these systems hampered their direct usage in clinic. In order to prevent the mutations caused by DSBs, we have designed a novel mean to induce homology-directed recombination (HDR) without DSBs, i...
2018: International Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Ciqing Tong, Tingxian Liu, Victorio Saez Talens, Willem E M Noteborn, Thomas H Sharp, Marco M R M Hendrix, Ilja K Voets, Christine L Mummery, Valeria V Orlova, Roxanne E Kieltyka
Synthetic hydrogel materials can recapitulate the natural cell microenvironment; however, it is equally necessary that the gels maintain cell viability and phenotype while permitting reisolation without stress, especially for use in the stem cell field. Here, we describe a family of synthetically accessible, squaramide-based tripodal supramolecular monomers consisting of a flexible tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) core that self-assemble into supramolecular polymers and eventually into self-recovering hydrogels...
March 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Kanika Vanshylla, Caren Bartsch, Christoffer Hitzing, Laura Krümpelmann, Jürgen Wienands, Niklas Engels
The B cell antigen receptor (BCR) employs enzymatically inactive adaptor proteins to facilitate activation of intracellular signaling pathways. In animal model systems, adaptor proteins of the growth factor receptor-bound 2 (Grb2) family have been shown to serve critical functions in lymphocytes. However, the roles of Grb2 and the Grb2-related adaptor protein (GRAP) in human B lymphocytes remain unclear. Using TALEN-mediated gene targeting, we show that in human B cells Grb2 and GRAP amplify signaling by the immunoglobulin tail tyrosine (ITT) motif of mIgE-containing BCRs and furthermore connect immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) signaling to activation of the Ras-controlled Erk MAP kinase pathway...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Sachiko Kashojiya, Saori Kamimura, Takato Kameyama, Tohru Ariizumi, Hiroshi Ezura, Kenji Miura
Genome editing technology using artificial nucleases, including zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN), and clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9, can mutagenize the target sites of genes of interest. This technology has been successfully applied in several crops, including the Solanaceae plants, such as tomato, potato, tobacco, and petunia. Among the three nucleases, CRISPR-Cas9 is the best for breeding, crop improvement, and the functional analysis of genes of interest, because of its simplicity and high efficiency...
March 2, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
In Sil Jeong, Youngjin Park, Hyun Aae Ryu, Hyun Sook An, Ju Hye Han, Sung-Whan Kim
BACKGROUND: Even though mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have angiogenic property, their cytokine secretory capacity is limited to treat ischemic vascular disorders. In present study, we produced genome-edited MSCs that secreted dual chemokine granulocyte chemotactic protein-2 (GCP-2) and stromal-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) and determined their therapeutic potential in the context of experimental ischemia. METHODS: GCP-2 and SDF-1α genes were integrated into safe harbor site at the safe harbor genomic locus of amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMM) via transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN)...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Kathryn E Hendee, Elena A Sorokina, Sanaa S Muheisen, Linda M Reis, Rebecca C Tyler, Vujica Markovic, Goran Cuturilo, Brian A Link, Elena V Semina
The PITX2 (paired-like homeodomain 2) gene encodes a bicoid-like homeodomain transcription factor linked with several human disorders. The main associated congenital phenotype is Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, type 1 (ARS), an autosomal dominant condition characterized by variable defects in the anterior segment of the eye, an increased risk of glaucoma, craniofacial dysmorphism and dental and umbilical anomalies; in addition to this, one report implicated PITX2 in ring dermoid of the cornea and a few others described cardiac phenotypes...
March 1, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Ming Hu, Guixian Guo, Qiang Huang, Chuanfang Cheng, Ruqin Xu, Aiqun Li, Ningning Liu, Shiming Liu
Stem cell therapy can be used to repair and regenerate damaged hearts tissue; nevertheless, the low survival rate of transplanted cells limits their therapeutic efficacy. Recently, it has been proposed that exosomes regulate multiple cellular processes by mediating cell survival and communication among cells. The following study investigates whether injured cardiomyocytes-derived exosomes (cardiac exosomes) affect the survival of transplanted bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in infarcted heart. To mimic the harsh microenvironment in infarcted heart that the cardiomyocytes or transplanted BMSCs encounter in vivo, cardiomyocytes conditioned medium and cardiac exosomes collected from H2 O2 -treated cardiomyocytes culture medium were cultured with BMSCs under oxidative stress in vitro...
March 2, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yuan Yan Sin, Laurel L Ballantyne, Christopher R Richmond, Colin D Funk
Progress in gene editing research has been accelerated by utilizing engineered nucleases in combination with induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology. Here, we report transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN)-mediated reincorporation of Arg1 exons 7 and 8 in iPSCs derived from arginase-1-deficient mice possessing Arg1Δ alleles lacking these terminal exons. The edited cells could be induced to differentiate into hepatocyte-like cells (iHLCs) in vitro and were subsequently used for transplantation into our previously described (Sin et al...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Hongling Hu, Binbin Tao, Ji Chen, Zuoyan Zhu, Wei Hu
The main reason for abnormal development of cloned animals or embryos, and inefficient animal cloning, is a poor understanding of the reprogramming mechanism. To better comprehend reprogramming and subsequent generation of pluripotent stem cells, we must investigate factors related to reprogramming of somatic cells as nuclear donors. As we know, fam60al (family with sequence similarity 60, member A, like) is a coding gene only found in zebrafish and frog ( Xenopus laevis ) among vertebrates. However, until now, its functions have remained unknown...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Valentine Mosbach, Lucie Poggi, David Viterbo, Marine Charpentier, Guy-Franck Richard
Trinucleotide repeat expansions involving CTG/CAG triplets are responsible for several neurodegenerative disorders, including myotonic dystrophy and Huntington's disease. Because expansions trigger the disease, contracting repeat length could be a possible approach to gene therapy for these disorders. Here, we show that a TALEN-induced double-strand break was very efficient at contracting expanded CTG repeats in yeast. We show that RAD51, POL32, and DNL4 are dispensable for double-strand break repair within CTG repeats, the only required genes being RAD50, SAE2, and RAD52...
February 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Yasuyoshi Tanaka, Takefumi Sone, Norimichi Higurashi, Tetsushi Sakuma, Sadafumi Suzuki, Mitsuru Ishikawa, Takashi Yamamoto, Jun Mitsui, Hitomi Tsuji, Hideyuki Okano, Shinichi Hirose
Dravet syndrome (DS) is an infantile epileptic encephalopathy mainly caused by de novo mutations in the SCN1A gene encoding the α1 subunit of the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav 1.1. As an in vitro model of this disease, we previously generated an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line from a patient with DS carrying a c.4933C>T (p.R1645*) substitution in SCN1A. Here, we describe developing a genome-edited control cell line from this DS iPSC line by substituting the point mutation with the wild-type residue...
February 2, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Tyler J Lahusen, Seung-Jin Kim, Kai Miao, Zebin Huang, Xiaoling Xu, Chu-Xia Deng
Breast cancer associated gene 1 (BRCA1) function has been shown to be regulated by phosphorylation but the role of acetylation has not been determined. Therefore, we tested whether BRCA1 can be acetylated by the acetyltransferases P300/CBP-associated factor (pCAF), GCN5, and p300. p300 exhibited the highest level of BRCA1 acetylation; however, there was also a decrease in the total level of BRCA1. Therefore, we focused on pCAF and GCN5 because they both acetylated BRCA1 without affecting BRCA1 expression. Further analysis indicated that the acetylated form of BRCA1 is deacetylated by wild-type (WT) SIRT1, but not deacetylase mutant SIRT1, suggesting that SIRT1 is a specific deacetylase of BRCA1...
February 14, 2018: Oncogene
Zhonghui Zhang, Wen-Shu Wu
MicroRNAs are small 18-24 nt single-stranded noncoding RNA molecules involved in many biological processes, including stemness maintenance and cellular reprogramming. Current methods used in loss-of-function studies of microRNAs have several limitations. Here, we describe a new approach for dissecting miR-302/367 functions by transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs), which are natural effector proteins secreted by Xanthomonas and Ralstonia bacteria. Knockdown of the miR-302/367 cluster uses the Kruppel-associated box repressor domain fused with specific TALEs designed to bind the miR-302/367 cluster promoter...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Raymond F Schinazi, Maryam Ehteshami, Leda Bassit, Tarik Asselah
Tremendous progress has been made over the last 2 decades to discover and develop approaches to control hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections and to prevent the development of hepatocellular carcinoma using various interferons and small molecules as antiviral agents. However, none of these agents have significant impact on eliminating HBV from infected cells. Currently the emphasis is on silencing or eliminating cccDNA, which could lead to a cure for HBV. Various approaches are being developed including the development of capsid effectors, CRISPR/Cas9, TALENS, siRNA, entry and secretion inhibitors, as well as immunological approaches...
February 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Soo-Young Yum, Ki-Young Youn, Woo-Jae Choi, Goo Jang
The production of transgenic farm animals (e.g., cattle) via genome engineering for the gain or loss of gene functions is an important undertaking. In the initial stages of genome engineering, DNA micro-injection into one-cell stage embryos (zygotes) followed by embryo transfer into a recipient was performed because of the ease of the procedure. However, as this approach resulted in severe mosaicism and has a low efficiency, it is not typically employed in the cattle as priority, unlike in mice. To overcome the above issue with micro-injection in cattle, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) was introduced and successfully used to produce cloned livestock...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Junghyun Ryu, Randall S Prather, Kiho Lee
Pigs are an important resource in agriculture and serve as a model for human diseases. Due to their physiological and anatomical similarities with humans, pigs can recapitulate symptoms of human diseases, making them a useful model in biomedicine. However, in the past pig models have not been widely used partially because of the difficulty in genetic modification. The lack of true embryonic stem cells in pigs forced researchers to utilize genetic modification in somatic cells and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to generate genetically engineered (GE) pigs carrying site-specific modifications...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Ruoji Zhou, An Xu, Donghui Wang, Dandan Zhu, Helen Mata, Zijun Huo, Jian Tu, Mo Liu, Alaa M T Mohamed, Brittany E Jewell, Julian Gingold, Weiya Xia, Pulivarthi H Rao, Mien-Chie Hung, Ruiying Zhao, Dung-Fang Lee
The tumor suppressor gene TP53 is the most frequently mutated gene in human cancers. Many hot-spot mutations of TP53 confer novel functions not found in wild-type p53 and contribute to tumor development and progression. We report on the generation of a H1 human embryonic stem cell line carrying a homozygous TP53 R282W mutation using TALEN-mediated genome editing. The generated cell line demonstrates normal karyotype, maintains a pluripotent state, and is capable of generating a teratoma in vivo containing tissues from all three germ layers...
January 26, 2018: Stem Cell Research
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