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José Eduardo Vargas, Leonardo Chicaybam, Renato Tetelbom Stein, Amilcar Tanuri, Andrés Delgado-Cañedo, Martin H Bonamino
Gene therapy protocols require robust and long-term gene expression. For two decades, retrovirus family vectors have offered several attractive properties as stable gene-delivery vehicles. These vectors represent a technology with widespread use in basic biology and translational studies that require persistent gene expression for treatment of several monogenic diseases. Immunogenicity and insertional mutagenesis represent the main obstacles to a wider clinical use of these vectors. Efficient and safe non-viral vectors are emerging as a promising alternative and facilitate clinical gene therapy studies...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Donna J Palmer, Nathan C Grove, Jordan Ing, Ana M Crane, Koen Venken, Brian R Davis, Philip Ng
Helper-dependent adenoviral vectors mediate high efficiency gene editing in induced pluripotent stem cells without needing a designer nuclease thereby avoiding off-target cleavage. Because of their large cloning capacity of 37 kb, helper-dependent adenoviral vectors with long homology arms are used for gene editing. However, this makes vector construction and recombinant analysis difficult. Conversely, insufficient homology may compromise targeting efficiency. Thus, we investigated the effect of homology length on helper-dependent adenoviral vector targeting efficiency at the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator locus in induced pluripotent stem cells and found a positive correlation...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Boris Troyanovsky, Vira Bitko, Viktor Pastukh, Brian Fouty, Victor Solodushko
Minimal piggyBac vectors are a modified single-plasmid version of the classical piggyBac delivery system that can be used for stable transgene integration. These vectors have a truncated terminal domain in the delivery cassette and thus, integrate significantly less flanking transposon DNA into host cell chromatin than classical piggyBac vectors. Herein, we test various characteristics of this modified transposon. The integration efficiency of minimal piggyBac vectors was inversely related to the size of both the transposon and the entire plasmid, but inserts as large as 15 kb were efficiently integrated...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Guang-Hua Luo, Xiao-Huan Li, Zhao-Jun Han, Zhi-Chun Zhang, Qiong Yang, Hui-Fang Guo, Ji-Chao Fang
Transposons are often regulated by their hosts, and as a result, there are transposons with several mutations within their host organisms. To gain insight into the patterns of the variations, nucleotide substitutions and indels of transposons were analysed in Chilo suppressalis Walker. The CsuPLE1.1 is a member of the piggyBac-like element (PLE) family, which belongs to the DNA transposons, and the Csu-Ty3 is a member of the Ty3/gypsy family, which belongs to the RNA transposons. Copies of CsuPLE1.1 and Csu-Ty3 were cloned separately from different C...
2016: Genes
Tianda Li, Ling Shuai, Junjie Mao, Xuepeng Wang, Mei Wang, Xinxin Zhang, Leyun Wang, Yanni Li, Wei Li, Qi Zhou
Rats with fluorescent markers are of great value for studies that trace lineage-specific development, particularly those assessing the differentiation potential of embryonic stem cells (ESCs). The piggyBac (PB) transposon is widely used for the efficient introduction of genetic modifications into genomes, and has already been successfully used to produce transgenic mice and rats. Here, we generated transgenic rats carrying either the desRed fluorescent protein (RFP) gene or the enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) gene by injecting pronuclei with PB plasmids...
2016: Scientific Reports
B Wang, Y Zheng, H Shi, X Du, Y Zhang, B Wei, M Luo, H Wang, X Wu, X Hua, M Sun, X Xu
Zfp462 is a newly identified vertebrate-specific zinc finger protein that contains nearly 2500 amino acids and 23 putative C2H2-type zinc finger domains. So far, the functions of Zfp462 remain unclear. In our study, we showed that Zfp462 is expressed predominantly in the developing brain, especially in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus regions from embryonic day 7.5 to early postnatal stage. By using a piggyBac transposon-generated Zfp462 knockout (KO) mouse model, we found that Zfp462 KO mice exhibited prenatal lethality with normal neural tube patterning, whereas heterozygous (Het) Zfp462 KO (Zfp462(+/-) ) mice showed developmental delay with low body weight and brain weight...
September 13, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Masahiro Sato, Kosuke Maeda, Miyu Koriyama, Emi Inada, Issei Saitoh, Hiromi Miura, Masato Ohtsuka, Shingo Nakamura, Takayuki Sakurai, Satoshi Watanabe, Kazuchika Miyoshi
The introduction of multigene constructs into single cells is important for improving the performance of domestic animals, as well as understanding basic biological processes. In particular, multigene constructs allow the engineering and integration of multiple genes related to xenotransplantation into the porcine genome. The piggyBac (PB) transposon system allows multiple genes to be stably integrated into target genomes through a single transfection event. However, to our knowledge, no attempt to introduce multiple genes into a porcine genome has been made using this system...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Dong Yang, Ruiqi Liao, Yun Zheng, Ling Sun, Tian Xu
Transposons and retroviruses are important pathogenic agents and tools for mutagenesis and transgenesis. Insertion target selection is a key feature for a given transposon or retrovirus. The piggyBac (PB) transposon is highly active in mice and human cells, which has a much better genome-wide distribution compared to the retrovirus and P-element. However, the underlying reason is not clear. Utilizing a tagged functional PB transposase (PBase), we were able to conduct genome-wide profiling for PBase binding sites in the mouse genome...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Fang Zeng, Zicong Li, Gengyuan Cai, Wenchao Gao, Gelong Jiang, Dewu Liu, Johann Urschitz, Stefan Moisyadi, Zhenfang Wu
Previously we successfully produced a group of EGFP-expressing founder transgenic pigs by a newly developed efficient and simple pig transgenesis method based on cytoplasmic injection of piggyBac plasmids. In this study, we investigated the growth and reproduction performance and characterized the transgene insertion, transmission, and expression patterns in transgenic pigs generated by piggyBac transposition. Results showed that transgene has no injurious effect on the growth and reproduction of transgenic pigs...
October 2016: Animal Biotechnology
Ayako Nishizawa-Yokoi, Hiroaki Saika, Seiichi Toki
Positive-negative selection using hygromycin phosphotransferase (hpt) and diphtheria toxin A-fragment (DT-A) as positive and negative selection markers, respectively, allows enrichment of cells harboring target genes modified via gene targeting (GT). We have developed a successful GT system employing positive-negative selection and subsequent precise marker excision via the piggyBac transposon derived from the cabbage looper moth to introduce desired modifications into target genes in the rice genome. This approach could be applied to the precision genome editing of almost all endogenous genes throughout the genome, at least in rice...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Chris J Jung, Séverine Ménoret, Lucas Brusselle, Laurent Tesson, Claire Usal, Vanessa Chenouard, Séverine Remy, Laure-Hélène Ouisse, Nicolas Poirier, Bernard Vanhove, Pieter J de Jong, Ignacio Anegon
BAC transgenic mammalian systems offer an important platform for recapitulating human gene expression and disease modeling. While the larger body mass, and greater genetic and physiologic similarity to humans render rats well suited for reproducing human immune diseases and evaluating therapeutic strategies, difficulties of generating BAC transgenic rats have hindered progress. Thus, an efficient method for BAC transgenesis in rats would be valuable. Immunodeficient mice carrying a human SIRPA transgene have previously been shown to support improved human cell hematopoiesis...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jing Cui, Yi Ding, Shu Chen, Xiaoqiang Zhu, Yichen Wu, Mingliang Zhang, Yaxin Zhao, Tong-Ruei R Li, Ling V Sun, Shimin Zhao, Yuan Zhuang, Weiping Jia, Lei Xue, Min Han, Tian Xu, Xiaohui Wu
A rise in the occurrence of obesity has driven exploration of its underlying genetic basis and potential targets for intervention. GWAS studies have identified obesity susceptibility pathways involving several neuropeptides that control energy homeostasis, suggesting that variations in the genes that regulate food intake and energy expenditure may contribute to obesity. In this study, we identified 5 additional obesity loci, including a neuronal orphan GPCR called Gpr45, in a forward genetic screen of mutant mice generated by piggyBac insertional mutagenesis...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Roy N Platt, Sarah F Mangum, David A Ray
BACKGROUND: Around 40 million years ago DNA transposons began accumulating in an ancestor of bats in the family Vespertilionidae. Since that time, Class II transposons have been continuously reinvading and accumulating in vespertilionid genomes at a rate that is unprecedented in mammals. Miniopterus (Miniopteridae), a genus of long-fingered bats that was recently elevated from Vespertilionidae, is the sister taxon to the vespertilionids and is often used as an outgroup when studying transposable elements in vesper bats...
2016: Mobile DNA
Chieh-Ying Wang, Ming-Chu Tang, Wen-Chi Chang, Kenryo Furushima, Chuan-Wei Jang, Richard R Behringer, Chun-Ming Chen
Bobby sox homolog (Bbx) is an evolutionally conserved gene, but its biological function remains elusive. Here, we characterized defects of Bbx mutant rats that were created by PiggyBac-mediated insertional mutagenesis. Smaller body size and male infertility were the two major phenotypes of homozygous Bbx mutants. Bbx expression profile analysis showed that Bbx was more highly expressed in the testis and pituitary gland than in other organs. Histology and hormonal gene expression analysis of control and Bbx-null pituitary glands showed that loss of Bbx appeared to be dispensable for pituitary histogenesis and the expression of major hormones...
September 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Jialu Liu, Li Sun, Qian Shen, Xiaohui Wu, Hong Xu
BACKGROUND: Disruption of ROBO2 in humans causes vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)/congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT). PiggyBac (PB) is a DNA transposon, and its insertion often reduces-but does not eliminate-gene expression. The Robo2 insertion mutant exhibited non-dilating VUR, ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) not found in reported models. We studied the incidence and outcomes of VUR/CAKUT in this mutant and explored the relationship between Robo2 gene expression and the occurrence and severity of VUR/CAKUT...
2016: BMC Nephrology
Cristopher Geiler, Inez Andrade, Alexandra Clayton, Daniel Greenwald
BACKGROUND: Engineered blood has the greatest potential to combat a predicted future shortfall in the US blood supply for transfusion treatments. Engineered blood produced from hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) derived red blood cells in a laboratory is possible, but critical barriers exist to the production of clinically relevant quantities of red blood cells required to create a unit of blood. Erythroblasts have a finite expansion capacity and there are many negative regulatory mechanisms that inhibit in vitro erythropoiesis...
May 30, 2016: International Journal of Stem Cells
Yozo Nakazawa
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) is the generic name for synthetic T cell receptors redirected to tumor-associated antigens. Most CARs consist of an ectodomain (scFv or ligand), a hinge region, a transmembrane domain, and signaling endodomains derived from one or two co-stimulatory molecules (CD28, 4-1BB, etc) and from a CD3-ζ chain. CD19-targeted CAR T cell therapy has achieved major success in the treatment of B cell malignancies. CD19 CAR-T cells elicited complete remission in 70-90% of adult and pediatric patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)...
June 2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Fei Xie, Kerui Gong, Ke Li, Mingliang Zhang, Judy C Chang, Shizhong Jiang, Lin Ye, Jiaming Wang, Yuting Tan, Yuet Wai Kan
Fibroblasts can be transdifferentiated directly into other somatic cells such as cardiomyocytes, hematopoietic cells, and neurons. An advantage of somatic cell differentiation without first generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is that it avoids contamination of the differentiated cells with residual iPSCs, which may cause teratoma. However, since primary fibroblasts from biopsy undergo senescence during repeated culture, it may be difficult to grow transdifferentiated cells in sufficient numbers for future therapeutic purposes...
August 15, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Wen-Xin Zhang, Er-Wei Zuo, Ying He, Dong-Yang Chen, Xie Long, Mei-Juan Chen, Ting-Ting Li, Xiao-Gan Yang, Hui-Yan Xu, Sheng-Sheng Lu, Ming Zhang, Ke-Huan Lu, Yang-Qing Lu
Melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (MDA5) is a member of the retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptors (RLRs) family and plays a pivotal role in the anti-viral innate immune response. As RIG-I is absent in chickens, MDA5 is hypothesized to be important in detecting viral nucleic acids in the cytoplasm. However, the molecular mechanism of the regulation of chicken MDA5 (chMDA5) expression has yet to be fully elucidated. With this in mind, a ∼2.5kb chMDA5 gene promoter region was examined and PCR amplified to assess its role in immune response...
August 2016: Molecular Immunology
Soo-Young Yum, Song-Jeon Lee, Hyun-Min Kim, Woo-Jae Choi, Ji-Hyun Park, Won-Wu Lee, Hee-Soo Kim, Hyeong-Jong Kim, Seong-Hun Bae, Je-Hyeong Lee, Joo-Yeong Moon, Ji-Hyun Lee, Choong-Il Lee, Bong-Jun Son, Sang-Hoon Song, Su-Min Ji, Seong-Jin Kim, Goo Jang
Here, we efficiently generated transgenic cattle using two transposon systems (Sleeping Beauty and Piggybac) and their genomes were analyzed by next-generation sequencing (NGS). Blastocysts derived from microinjection of DNA transposons were selected and transferred into recipient cows. Nine transgenic cattle have been generated and grown-up to date without any health issues except two. Some of them expressed strong fluorescence and the transgene in the oocytes from a superovulating one were detected by PCR and sequencing...
2016: Scientific Reports
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