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Pavithra S Iyer, Lionel O Mavoungou, Flavio Ronzoni, Joanna Zemla, Emanuel Schmid-Siegert, Stefania Antonini, Laurence A Neff, Olivier M Dorchies, Marisa Jaconi, Malgorzata Lekka, Graziella Messina, Nicolas Mermod
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal muscle-wasting disease currently without cure. We investigated the use of the PiggyBac transposon for full-length dystrophin expression in murine mesoangioblast (MABs) progenitor cells. DMD murine MABs were transfected with transposable expression vectors for full-length dystrophin and transplanted intramuscularly or intra-arterially into mdx/SCID mice. Intra-arterial delivery indicated that the MABs could migrate to regenerating muscles to mediate dystrophin expression...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
James M Wagner, Eden V Williams, Hal S Alper
Yarrowia lipolytica is a non-conventional yeast of interest to the biotechnology industry. However, the physiology, metabolism, and genetic regulation of Y. lipolytica diverge significantly from more well-studied and characterized yeasts such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. To develop additional genetic tools for this industrially relevant host, we adapt the piggyBac transposon system to enable efficient generation of genome-wide insertional mutagenesis libraries and introduction of scarless, footprint-free genomic modifications in Y...
March 1, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Yusuke Inoue, Masahiko Kumagai, Xianbo Zhang, Tomonori Saga, Deshou Wang, Akihiko Koga, Hiroyuki Takeda
Background: Endogenous viral elements play important roles in eukaryotic evolution by giving rise to genetic novelties. Herpesviruses are a large family of DNA viruses, most of which do not have the ability to endogenize into host genomes. Recently, we identified a novel type of endogenous herpesvirus, which we named " Teratorn ", from the medaka ( Oryzias latipes ) genome, in which the herpesvirus is fused with a piggyBac -like DNA transposon, forming a novel mobile element...
2018: Zoological Letters
Pavlína Ptáčková, Jan Musil, Martin Štach, Petr Lesný, Šárka Němečková, Vlastimil Král, Milan Fábry, Pavel Otáhal
BACKGROUND AIMS: Clinical-grade chimeric antigenic receptor (CAR)19 T cells are routinely manufactured by lentiviral/retroviral (LV/RV) transduction of an anti-CD3/CD28 activated T cells, which are then propagated in a culture medium supplemented with interleukin (IL)-2. The use of LV/RVs for T-cell modification represents a manufacturing challenge due to the complexity of the transduction approach and the necessity of thorough quality control. METHODS: We present here a significantly improved protocol for CAR19 T-cell manufacture that is based on the electroporation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells with plasmid DNA encoding the piggyBac transposon/transposase vectors and their cultivation in the presence of cytokines IL-4, IL-7 and IL-21...
February 20, 2018: Cytotherapy
Noriyuki Toji, Katsuo Koshi, Tadashi Furusawa, Toru Takahashi, Toshina Ishiguro-Oonuma, Keiichiro Kizaki, Kazuyoshi Hashizume
Interferon-tau (IFNT) is known as an early pregnancy recognition signal in ruminants. An accurate and convenient IFNT detection system is desirable for the diagnosis of endometrial and trophoblastic functions, including gestation status, in cows. The aim of this study was to develop a new cell-based assay, which involved the stable introduction of an interferon-stimulated gene promoter to a luciferase reporter system. The reactivity of four interferon-stimulated genes to IFNT in Madin-Darby bovine kidney (MDBK) cells was confirmed using reverse transcription-quantitative PCR...
2018: Biomedical Research
Alessio Saviane, Ottavia Romoli, Andrea Bozzato, Giuliano Freddi, Chiara Cappelletti, Elena Rosini, Silvia Cappellozza, Gianluca Tettamanti, Federica Sandrelli
The domesticated silkworm, Bombyx mori, is a fundamental insect for silk industry. Silk is obtained from cocoons, protective envelopes produced during pupation and composed of single raw silk filaments secreted by the insect silk glands. Currently, silk is used as a textile fibre and to produce new materials for technical and biomedical applications. To enhance the use of both fabrics and silk-based materials, great efforts to obtain silk with antimicrobial properties have been made. In particular, a convincing approach is represented by the enrichment of the textile fibre with antimicrobial peptides, the main effectors of the innate immunity...
February 12, 2018: Transgenic Research
He Li, Yao Huang, Du-Qing Jiang, Lian-Zhen Cui, Zhou He, Chao Wang, Zhi-Wei Zhang, Hai-Li Zhu, Yong-Mei Ding, Lin-Fang Li, Qiang Li, Hua-Jun Jin, Qi-Jun Qian
Effective control of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains clinically challenging, especially during advanced stages of the disease. This study developed an adoptive T-cell treatment through expression of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) to target human epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in NSCLC. We optimized the non-viral piggyBac transposon system to engineer human T cells for the expression of EGFR-CAR, consisting of EGFR scFv, transmembrane domain, and intracellular 4-1BB-CD3ζ signaling domains...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Simon J Elsässer
Noncanonical amino acid mutagenesis via amber suppression provides the means to tailor proteins inside living cells. A wide range of noncanonical amino acids have been incorporated using the Methanococcus pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetase/tRNACUA (PylRS/PylT) in mammalian cell systems in proof of principle experiments, for (1) minimal genetically encoded fluorescence or affinity tagging, (2) photo-control of enzymes, (3) genetically encoded posttranslational protein modifications. We have developed a general and efficient method to genomically integrate the PylRS/PylT amber suppression machinery using PiggyBac-mediated transposition...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Alexander Kondrashov, Minh Duc Hoang, James Smith, Jamie Bhagwan, Gary Duncan, Diogo Mosqueira, Maria Munoz, Nguyen T N Vo, Chris Denning
Modelling disease with hPSCs is hindered because the impact on cell phenotype from genetic variability between individuals can be greater than from the pathogenic mutation. While 'footprint-free' Cas9/CRISPR editing solves this issue, existing approaches are inefficient or lengthy. Here, a simplified PiggyBac strategy shortened hPSC editing by 2 weeks and required one round of clonal expansion and genotyping rather than two, with similar efficiencies to the longer conventional process. Success was shown across 4 cardiac-associated loci (ADRB2, GRK5, RYR2, ACTC1) by genomic cleavage and editing efficiencies of 8-93% and 8-67%, respectively, including mono- and/or bi-allelic events...
February 5, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Nelly Morellet, Xianghong Li, Silke A Wieninger, Jennifer L Taylor, Julien Bischerour, Séverine Moriau, Ewen Lescop, Benjamin Bardiaux, Nathalie Mathy, Nadine Assrir, Mireille Bétermier, Michael Nilges, Alison B Hickman, Fred Dyda, Nancy L Craig, Eric Guittet
The piggyBac transposase (PB) is distinguished by its activity and utility in genome engineering, especially in humans where it has highly promising therapeutic potential. Little is known, however, about the structure-function relationships of the different domains of PB. Here, we demonstrate in vitro and in vivo that its C-terminal Cysteine-Rich Domain (CRD) is essential for DNA breakage, joining and transposition and that it binds to specific DNA sequences in the left and right transposon ends, and to an additional unexpectedly internal site at the left end...
January 27, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Hamed Mirzaei, Hossein Salehi, Reza Kazemi Oskuee, Ali Mohammadpour, Hamid Reza Mirzaei, Mohammad Reza Sharifi, Reza Salarinia, Hossein Yousofi Darani, Mojgan Mokhtari, Aria Masoudifar, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Rasoul Salehi, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari
Interferon γ-induced protein 10 kDa (IP-10) is a potent chemoattractant and has been suggested to enhance antitumor activity and mediate tumor regression through multiple mechanisms of action. Multiple lines of evidence have indicated that genetically-modified adult stem cells represent a potential source for cell-based cancer therapy. In the current study, we assessed therapeutic potential of human adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADSC) genetically-modified to express IP-10 for the treatment of lung metastasis in an immunocompetent mouse model of metastatic melanoma...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
Kentaro Ishida, Huaigeng Xu, Noriko Sasakawa, Mandy Siu Yu Lung, Julia Alexandra Kudryashev, Peter Gee, Akitsu Hotta
Randomized mutagenesis at an endogenous chromosomal locus is a promising approach for protein engineering, functional assessment of regulatory elements, and modeling genetic variations. In mammalian cells, however, it is challenging to perform site-specific single-nucleotide substitution with single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide (ssODN) donor templates due to insufficient homologous recombination and the infeasibility of positive selection. Here, we developed a DNA transposon based CRISPR-Cas9 regulated transcription and nuclear shuttling (CRONUS) system that enables the stable transduction of CRISPR-Cas9/sgRNA in broad cell types, but avoids undesired genome cleavage in the absence two chemical inducing molecules...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
Iris Broce, Celeste M Karch, Natalie Wen, Chun C Fan, Yunpeng Wang, Chin Hong Tan, Naomi Kouri, Owen A Ross, Günter U Höglinger, Ulrich Muller, John Hardy, Parastoo Momeni, Christopher P Hess, William P Dillon, Zachary A Miller, Luke W Bonham, Gil D Rabinovici, Howard J Rosen, Gerard D Schellenberg, Andre Franke, Tom H Karlsen, Jan H Veldink, Raffaele Ferrari, Jennifer S Yokoyama, Bruce L Miller, Ole A Andreassen, Anders M Dale, Rahul S Desikan, Leo P Sugrue
BACKGROUND: Converging evidence suggests that immune-mediated dysfunction plays an important role in the pathogenesis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Although genetic studies have shown that immune-associated loci are associated with increased FTD risk, a systematic investigation of genetic overlap between immune-mediated diseases and the spectrum of FTD-related disorders has not been performed. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Using large genome-wide association studies (GWASs) (total n = 192,886 cases and controls) and recently developed tools to quantify genetic overlap/pleiotropy, we systematically identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) jointly associated with FTD-related disorders-namely, FTD, corticobasal degeneration (CBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-and 1 or more immune-mediated diseases including Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), type 1 diabetes (T1D), celiac disease (CeD), and psoriasis...
January 2018: PLoS Medicine
Mitsumi Ikeda, Shuichi Matsuyama, Satoshi Akagi, Katsuhiro Ohkoshi, Sho Nakamura, Shiori Minabe, Koji Kimura, Misa Hosoe
Isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase (IARS) syndrome is a recessive disease of Japanese Black cattle caused by a single nucleotide substitution. To repair the mutated IARS gene, we designed clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) to create a double-strand break near the mutation site. CRISPR/Cas9 and donor DNA that contained a synonymous codon for the correct amino acid and an Aequorea coerulescens Green Fluorescent Protein (AcGFP) cassette with a piggyBac transposase recognition site at both ends were introduced into bovine fetal fibroblast (BFF) cells isolated from a homozygous mutant calf...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Miao Liu, Yanfei Ru, Yihua Gu, Jianan Tang, Tiancheng Zhang, Jun Wu, Fudong Yu, Yao Yuan, Chen Xu, Jian Wang, Huijuan Shi
BACKGROUND: We previously cloned the Ssp411 gene. We found that the Ssp411 protein is predominantly expressed in elongated spermatids in the rat testis in a stage-dependent manner. Although our findings strongly suggested that Ssp411 might play an important role in mammalian spermatogenesis, this hypothesis has not been studied. METHODS: We first used real-time PCR, Western blotting and immunohistochemistry to confirm that the expression pattern of Ssp411 in several murine tissues is similar to its expression pattern in corresponding rat tissues...
December 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Fu-Chyun Chu, William Klobasa, Nathaniel Grubbs, Marcé D Lorenzen
Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive pest that primarily attacks fresh, soft-skinned fruit. Although others have reported successful integration of marked piggyBac elements into the D. suzukii genome, with a very respectable transgenesis rate of ∼16%, here we take this work a step further by creating D. suzukii jumpstarter strains. These were generated through integration of a fluorescent-marked Minos element carrying a heat shock protein 70-driven piggyBac transposase gene. We demonstrate that there is a dramatic increase in transformation rates when germline transformation is performed in a transposase-expressing background...
March 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
Ayumi Kudo, Takeshi Awasaki, Yukio Ishikawa, Takashi Matsuo
The development of transgenesis systems in non-model organisms provides a powerful tool for molecular analysis and contributes to the understanding of phenomena that are not observed in model organisms. Drosophila prolongata is a fruit fly that has unique morphology and behavior not found in other Drosophila species including D. melanogaster. In this study, we developed a phiC31 integrase-mediated transgenesis system for D. prolongata. First, using piggyBac-mediated transgenesis, 37 homozygous attP strains were established...
November 17, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
Jaitip Tipanee, Yoke Chin Chai, Thierry VandenDriessche, Marinee K Chuah
Transposons derived from Sleeping Beauty (SB), piggyBac (PB), or Tol2 typically require cotransfection of transposon DNA with a transposase either as an expression plasmid or mRNA. Consequently, this results in genomic integration of the potentially therapeutic gene into chromosomes of the desired target cells, and thus conferring stable expression. Non-viral transfection methods are typically preferred to deliver the transposon components into the target cells. However, these methods do not match the efficacy typically attained with viral vectors and are sometimes associated with cellular toxicity evoked by the DNA itself...
December 22, 2017: Bioscience Reports
Hong Jo Lee, Young Min Kim, Tamao Ono, Jae Yong Han
The rapid development of genome modification technology has provided many great benefits in diverse areas of research and industry. Genome modification technologies have also been actively used in a variety of research areas and fields of industry in avian species. Transgenic technologies such as lentiviral systems and piggyBac transposition have been used to produce transgenic birds for diverse purposes. In recent years, newly developed programmable genome editing tools such as transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) have also been successfully adopted in avian systems with primordial germ cell (PGC)-mediated genome modification...
October 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Richard Behringer, Marina Gertsenstein, Kristina Vintersten Nagy, Andras Nagy
In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka and his student Kazutoshi Takahashi showed that the expression of only four specific genes is sufficient to reprogram fully differentiated somatic cells into pluripotent stem cells. These cells, termed induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, share many of their characteristics with embryonic stem (ES) cells. In this protocol, we describe one of the simplest ways of generating iPS cells from mouse fibroblasts. It combines an efficient transposon-mediated transfection and the tetracycline-inducible system to control the expression of the Yamanaka reprogramming factors...
October 3, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
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