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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428837/large-is-required-for-normal-astrocyte-migration-and-retinal-vasculature-development
#1
Min Zhou, Herui Wang, Hui Ren, Rui Jiang, Chi Zhang, Xiaohui Wu, Gezhi Xu
BACKGROUND: Persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) is a congenital developmental anomaly of the eye that accounts for about 5% of childhood blindness. The molecular mechanism of PFV remains unclear. As a glycosyltransferase of α-dystroglycan, LARGE mutations have been found in congenital muscular dystrophy patients with brain abnormalities. Spontaneous Large mutant mice displayed similar symptoms of human muscle-eye-brain disorders. However, the detailed roles of Large in ocular vasculature development still need to be uncovered...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397990/germline-transformation-of-the-western-corn-rootworm-diabrotica-virgifera-virgifera
#2
F Chu, W Klobasa, P Wu, S Pinzi, N Grubbs, S Gorski, Y Cardoza, M D Lorenzen
The western corn rootworm (WCR), a major pest of maize, is notorious for rapidly adapting biochemically, behaviourally and developmentally to a variety of control methods. Despite much effort, the genetic basis of WCR adaptation remains a mystery. Since transformation-based applications such as transposon tagging and enhancer trapping have facilitated genetic dissection of model species such as Drosophila melanogaster, we developed a germline-transformation system for WCR in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the basic biology of this economically important insect...
April 11, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381173/mesothelin-targeting-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-by-piggybac-transposon-system-suppress-the-growth-of-bile-duct-carcinoma
#3
Jie-Ying Xu, Zhen-Long Ye, Du-Qing Jiang, Jiang-Chuan He, Yong-Mei Ding, Lin-Fang Li, Sai-Qun Lv, Ying Wang, Hua-Jun Jin, Qi-Jun Qian
Chimeric antigen receptor modified T cell-based immunotherapy is revolutionizing the field of cancer treatment. However, its potential in treating bile duct carcinoma has not been fully explored. Herein, we developed the second-generation mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells with the 4-1BB co-stimulatory module by the piggyBac transposon system. Mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor was expressed by 66.0% of mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells post electrophoretic transfection and stimulation with K562-meso cells; the expressions of activation markers were tested by flow cytometry assay and showed greater activation of mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells than control T cells (CD107α: 71...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325684/monitoring-and-visualizing-microrna-dynamics-during-live-cell-differentiation-using-microrna-responsive-non-viral-reporter-vectors
#4
Hideyuki Nakanishi, Kenji Miki, Kaoru R Komatsu, Masayuki Umeda, Megumi Mochizuki, Azusa Inagaki, Yoshinori Yoshida, Hirohide Saito
MicroRNA (miRNA) activity differs with cell type, suggesting it can be used as a cell marker. In this study, we developed novel miRNA-responsive non-viral reporter vectors to continuously monitor and visualize miRNA dynamics during differentiation and to efficiently purify target living cells. Each vector codes miRNA-responsive and reference reporter genes in a single mRNA. These two genes are independent modules but transcribed by a single promoter, which enables us to distinguish miRNA-mediated post-transcriptional repression from transcriptional repression...
March 2, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317878/kidney-specific-transposon-mediated-gene-transfer-in-vivo
#5
Lauren E Woodard, Jizhong Cheng, Richard C Welch, Felisha M Williams, Wentian Luo, Leslie S Gewin, Matthew H Wilson
Methods enabling kidney-specific gene transfer in adult mice are needed to develop new therapies for kidney disease. We attempted kidney-specific gene transfer following hydrodynamic tail vein injection using the kidney-specific podocin and gamma-glutamyl transferase promoters, but found expression primarily in the liver. In order to achieve kidney-specific transgene expression, we tested direct hydrodynamic injection of a DNA solution into the renal pelvis and found that luciferase expression was strong in the kidney and absent from extra-renal tissues...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295042/generation-of-non-viral-transgene-free-hepatocyte-like-cells-with-piggybac-transposon
#6
Hokahiro Katayama, Kentaro Yasuchika, Yuya Miyauchi, Hidenobu Kojima, Ryoya Yamaoka, Takayuki Kawai, Elena Yukie Yoshitoshi, Satoshi Ogiso, Sadahiko Kita, Katsutaro Yasuda, Naoya Sasaki, Ken Fukumitsu, Junji Komori, Takamichi Ishii, Shinji Uemoto
Somatic cells can be reprogrammed to induced hepatocyte-like cells (iHeps) by overexpressing certain defined factors in direct reprogramming techniques. Of the various methods to deliver genes into cells, typically used genome-integrating viral vectors are associated with integration-related adverse events such as mutagenesis, whereas non-integrating viral vectors have low efficiency, making viral vectors unsuitable for clinical application. Therefore, we focused on developing a transposon system to establish a non-viral reprogramming method...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280212/genetic-and-transgenic-reagents-for-drosophila-simulans-d-mauritiana-d-yakuba-d-santomea-and-d-virilis
#7
David L Stern, Justin Crocker, Yun Ding, Nicolas Frankel, Gretchen Kappes, Elizabeth Kim, Ryan Kuzmickas, Andrew Lemire, Joshua D Mast, Serge Picard
Species of the Drosophila melanogaster species subgroup, including the species D. simulans, D. mauritiana, D. yakuba, and D. santomea, have long served as model systems for studying evolution. However, studies in these species have been limited by a paucity of genetic and transgenic reagents. Here, we describe a collection of transgenic and genetic strains generated to facilitate genetic studies within and between these species. We have generated many strains of each species containing mapped piggyBac transposons including an enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (EYFP) gene expressed in the eyes and a ϕC31 attP site-specific integration site...
April 3, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265066/resistance-mechanisms-to-tp53-mdm2-inhibition-identified-by-in-vivo-piggybac-transposon-mutagenesis-screen-in-an-arf-mouse-model
#8
Emilie A Chapeau, Agnieszka Gembarska, Eric Y Durand, Emeline Mandon, Claire Estadieu, Vincent Romanet, Marion Wiesmann, Ralph Tiedt, Joseph Lehar, Antoine de Weck, Roland Rad, Louise Barys, Sebastien Jeay, Stephane Ferretti, Audrey Kauffmann, Esther Sutter, Armelle Grevot, Pierre Moulin, Masato Murakami, William R Sellers, Francesco Hofmann, Michael Rugaard Jensen
Inhibitors of double minute 2 protein (MDM2)-tumor protein 53 (TP53) interaction are predicted to be effective in tumors in which the TP53 gene is wild type, by preventing TP53 protein degradation. One such setting is represented by the frequent CDKN2A deletion in human cancer that, through inactivation of p14ARF, activates MDM2 protein, which in turn degrades TP53 tumor suppressor. Here we used piggyBac (PB) transposon insertional mutagenesis to anticipate resistance mechanisms occurring during treatment with the MDM2-TP53 inhibitor HDM201...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257857/generation-of-a-transgenic-cashmere-goat-using-the-piggybac-transposition-system
#9
Ding-Ping Bai, Ming-Ming Yang, Lei Qu, Yu-Lin Chen
The development of transgenic technologies in the Cashmere goat (Capra hircus) has the potential to improve the quality of the meat and wool. The piggyBac (PB) transposon system is highly efficient and can be used to transpose specific target genes into the genome. Here, we developed a PB transposon system to produce transgenic Cashmere goat fetal fibroblasts (GFFs) with the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). We then used the genetically modified GFFs as nuclear donors to generate transgenic embryos by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)...
April 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252665/chromatin-states-shape-insertion-profiles-of-the-piggybac-tol2-and-sleeping-beauty-transposons-and-murine-leukemia-virus
#10
Junko Yoshida, Keiko Akagi, Ryo Misawa, Chikara Kokubu, Junji Takeda, Kyoji Horie
DNA transposons and retroviruses are versatile tools in functional genomics and gene therapy. To facilitate their application, we conducted a genome-wide insertion site profiling of the piggyBac (PB), Tol2 and Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposons and the murine leukemia virus (MLV) in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs). PB and MLV preferred highly expressed genes, whereas Tol2 and SB preferred weakly expressed genes. However, correlations with DNase I hypersensitive sites were different for all vectors, indicating that chromatin accessibility is not the sole determinant...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248920/genome-wide-barcoded-transposon-screen-for-cancer-drug-sensitivity-in-haploid-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Stephen J Pettitt, Dragomir B Krastev, Helen N Pemberton, Yari Fontebasso, Jessica Frankum, Farah L Rehman, Rachel Brough, Feifei Song, Ilirjana Bajrami, Rumana Rafiq, Fredrik Wallberg, Iwanka Kozarewa, Kerry Fenwick, Javier Armisen-Garrido, Amanda Swain, Aditi Gulati, James Campbell, Alan Ashworth, Christopher J Lord
We describe a screen for cellular response to drugs that makes use of haploid embryonic stem cells. We generated ten libraries of mutants with piggyBac gene trap transposon integrations, totalling approximately 100,000 mutant clones. Random barcode sequences were inserted into the transposon vector to allow the number of cells bearing each insertion to be measured by amplifying and sequencing the barcodes. These barcodes were associated with their integration sites by inverse PCR. We exposed these libraries to commonly used cancer drugs and profiled changes in barcode abundance by Ion Torrent sequencing in order to identify mutations that conferred sensitivity...
March 1, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238795/reversal-of-phenotypic-abnormalities-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-correction-in-huntington-disease-patient-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem%C3%A2-cells
#12
Xiaohong Xu, Yilin Tay, Bernice Sim, Su-In Yoon, Yihui Huang, Jolene Ooi, Kagistia Hana Utami, Amin Ziaei, Bryan Ng, Carola Radulescu, Donovan Low, Alvin Yu Jin Ng, Marie Loh, Byrappa Venkatesh, Florent Ginhoux, George J Augustine, Mahmoud A Pouladi
Huntington disease (HD) is a dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion in HTT. Here we report correction of HD human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using a CRISPR-Cas9 and piggyBac transposon-based approach. We show that both HD and corrected isogenic hiPSCs can be differentiated into excitable, synaptically active forebrain neurons. We further demonstrate that phenotypic abnormalities in HD hiPSC-derived neural cells, including impaired neural rosette formation, increased susceptibility to growth factor withdrawal, and deficits in mitochondrial respiration, are rescued in isogenic controls...
March 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228480/a-stable-but-reversible-integrated-surrogate-reporter-for-assaying-crispr-cas9-stimulated-homology-directed-repair
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Yahong Wen, Grace Liao, Thomas Pritchard, Ting-Ting Zhao, Jon P Connelly, Shondra M Pruett-Miller, Valerie Blanc, Nicholas O Davidson, Blair B Madison
The discovery and application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology for genome editing has greatly accelerated targeted mutagenesis in a variety of organisms. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated site-specific cleavage is typically exploited for the generation of insertions or deletions (indels) after aberrant dsDNA repair via the endogenous non-homology end-joining (NHEJ) pathway or, alternatively, for enhancing homology-directed repair to facilitate the generation of a specific mutation (or "knock-in"). However, there is a need for efficient cellular assays that can measure Cas9/guide RNA activity...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204924/genome-wide-analysis-of-transposable-elements-in-the-coffee-berry-borer-hypothenemus-hampei-coleoptera-curculionidae-description-of-novel-families
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Eric M Hernandez-Hernandez, Rita Daniela Fernández-Medina, Lucio Navarro-Escalante, Jonathan Nuñez, Pablo Benavides-Machado, Claudia M A Carareto
The coffee berry borer (CBB) Hypothenemus hampei is the most limiting pest of coffee production worldwide. The CBB genome has been recently sequenced; however, information regarding the presence and characteristics of transposable elements (TEs) was not provided. Using systematic searching strategies based on both de novo and homology-based approaches, we present a library of TEs from the draft genome of CBB sequenced by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation. The library consists of 880 sequences classified as 66% Class I (LTRs: 46%, non-LTRs: 20%) and 34% Class II (DNA transposons: 8%, Helitrons: 16% and MITEs: 10%) elements, including families of the three main LTR (Gypsy, Bel-Pao and Copia) and non-LTR (CR1, Daphne, I/Nimb, Jockey, Kiri, R1, R2 and R4) clades and DNA superfamilies (Tc1-mariner, hAT, Merlin, P, PIF-Harbinger, PiggyBac and Helitron)...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188692/bioreactor-scale-up-and-protein-product-quality-characterization-of-piggybac-transposon-derived-cho-pools
#15
Yashas Rajendra, Sowmya Balasubramanian, Robert B Peery, James R Swartling, Neil A McCracken, Dawn L Norris, Christopher C Frye, Gavin C Barnard
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells remain the most popular host for the production of biopharmaceutical drugs, particularly monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), bispecific antibodies, and Fc-fusion proteins. Creating and characterizing the stable CHO clonally-derived cell lines (CDCLs) needed to manufacture these therapeutic proteins is a lengthy and laborious process. Therefore, CHO pools have increasingly been used to rapidly produce protein to support and enable preclinical drug development. We recently described the generation of CHO pools yielding mAb titers as high as 7...
February 11, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135585/genome-wide-profiling-reveals-remarkable-parallels-between-insertion-site-selection-properties-of-the-mlv-retrovirus-and-the-piggybac-transposon-in-primary-human-cd4-t-cells
#16
Andreas Gogol-Döring, Ismahen Ammar, Saumyashree Gupta, Mario Bunse, Csaba Miskey, Wei Chen, Wolfgang Uckert, Thomas F Schulz, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Zoltán Ivics
The inherent risks associated with vector insertion in gene therapy need to be carefully assessed. We analyzed the genome-wide distributions of Sleeping Beauty (SB) and piggyBac (PB) transposon insertions as well as MLV retrovirus and HIV lentivirus insertions in human CD4(+) T cells with respect to a panel of 40 chromatin states. The distribution of SB transposon insertions displayed the least deviation from random, while the PB transposon and the MLV retrovirus showed unexpected parallels across all chromatin states...
March 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104713/multimerization-properties-of-piggymac-a-domesticated-piggybac-transposase-involved-in-programmed-genome-rearrangements
#17
Emeline Dubois, Nathalie Mathy, Vinciane Régnier, Julien Bischerour, Céline Baudry, Raphaëlle Trouslard, Mireille Bétermier
During sexual processes, the ciliate Paramecium eliminates 25-30% of germline DNA from its somatic genome. DNA elimination includes excision of ∼45 000 short, single-copy internal eliminated sequences (IESs) and depends upon PiggyMac (Pgm), a domesticated piggyBac transposase that is essential for DNA cleavage at IES ends. Pgm carries a core transposase region with a putative catalytic domain containing three conserved aspartic acids, and a downstream cysteine-rich (CR) domain. A C-terminal extension of unknown function is predicted to adopt a coiled-coil (CC) structure...
April 7, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087716/the-piggybac-transposon-derived-genes-tpb1-and-tpb6-mediate-essential-transposon-like-excision-during-the-developmental-rearrangement-of-key-genes-in-tetrahymena-thermophila
#18
Chao-Yin Cheng, Janet M Young, Chih-Yi Gabriela Lin, Ju-Lan Chao, Harmit S Malik, Meng-Chao Yao
Ciliated protozoans perform extreme forms of programmed somatic DNA rearrangement during development. The model ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila removes 34% of its germline micronuclear genome from somatic macronuclei by excising thousands of internal eliminated sequences (IESs), a process that shares features with transposon excision. Indeed, piggyBac transposon-derived genes are necessary for genome-wide IES excision in both Tetrahymena (TPB2 [Tetrahymena piggyBac-like 2] and LIA5) and Paramecium tetraurelia (PiggyMac)...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079877/genome-wide-transposon-screening-and-quantitative-insertion-site-sequencing-for-cancer-gene-discovery-in-mice
#19
Mathias J Friedrich, Lena Rad, Iraad F Bronner, Alexander Strong, Wei Wang, Julia Weber, Matthew Mayho, Hannes Ponstingl, Thomas Engleitner, Carolyn Grove, Anja Pfaus, Dieter Saur, Juan Cadiñanos, Michael A Quail, George S Vassiliou, Pentao Liu, Allan Bradley, Roland Rad
Transposon-mediated forward genetics screening in mice has emerged as a powerful tool for cancer gene discovery. It pinpoints cancer drivers that are difficult to find with other approaches, thus complementing the sequencing-based census of human cancer genes. We describe here a large series of mouse lines for insertional mutagenesis that are compatible with two transposon systems, PiggyBac and Sleeping Beauty, and give guidance on the use of different engineered transposon variants for constitutive or tissue-specific cancer gene discovery screening...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062688/piggybac-mediates-efficient-in-vivo-crispr-library-screening-for-tumorigenesis-in-mice
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Chunlong Xu, Xiaolan Qi, Xuguang Du, Huiying Zou, Fei Gao, Tao Feng, Hengxing Lu, Shenglan Li, Xiaomeng An, Lijun Zhang, Yuanyuan Wu, Ying Liu, Ning Li, Mario R Capecchi, Sen Wu
CRISPR/Cas9 is becoming an increasingly important tool to functionally annotate genomes. However, because genome-wide CRISPR libraries are mostly constructed in lentiviral vectors, in vivo applications are severely limited as a result of difficulties in delivery. Here, we examined the piggyBac (PB) transposon as an alternative vehicle to deliver a guide RNA (gRNA) library for in vivo screening. Although tumor induction has previously been achieved in mice by targeting cancer genes with the CRISPR/Cas9 system, in vivo genome-scale screening has not been reported...
January 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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