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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549257/human-somatic-cells-deficient-for-rad52-are-impaired-for-viral-integration-and-compromised-for-most-aspects-of-homology-directed-repair
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Yinan Kan, Nizar N Batada, Eric A Hendrickson
Homology-directed repair (HDR) maintains genomic integrity by eliminating lesions such as DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) and stalled replication forks and thus a deficiency in HDR is associated with genomic instability and cancer predisposition. The mechanism of HDR is best understood and most rigorously characterized in yeast. The inactivation of the fungal radiation sensitive 52 (RAD52) gene, which has both recombination mediator and single-strand annealing (SSA) activities in vitro, leads to severe HDR defects in vivo...
May 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548103/an-aavp-based-solid-phase-transducing-matrix-for-transgene-delivery-potential-for-translational-applications
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T L Smith, G R Souza, R L Sidman, W Arap, R Pasqualini
A hybrid vector of adeno-associated virus and phage (termed AAVP) has been introduced as a platform for systemic ligand-directed delivery of transgenes to tumors over the past decade. A series of studies have evaluated the AAVP platform for potential theranostic or purely therapeutic applications in several tumor models. Sufficient ligand-directed tumor targeting consistently resulted in specific molecular-genetic imaging and/or anti-tumor responses to 'suicide' transgene delivery. However, efforts to optimize transduction efficiency are still ongoing...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540323/neuroglobin-can-prevent-or-reverse-glaucomatous-progression-in-dba-2j-mice
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Hélène Cwerman-Thibault, Christophe Lechauve, Sébastien Augustin, Delphine Roussel, Élodie Reboussin, Ammara Mohammad, Julie Degardin-Chicaud, Manuel Simonutti, Hong Liang, Françoise Brignole-Baudouin, Anne Maron, Thomas Debeir, Marisol Corral-Debrinski
Mitochondrial dysfunction is responsible for hereditary optic neuropathies. We wished to determine whether preserving mitochondrial bioenergetics could prevent optic neuropathy in a reliable model of glaucoma. DBA/2J mice exhibit elevated intraocular pressure, progressive degeneration of their retinal ganglion cells, and optic neuropathy that resembles glaucoma. We established that glaucoma in these mice is directly associated with mitochondrial dysfunction: respiratory chain activity was compromised in optic nerves 5 months before neuronal loss began, and the amounts of some mitochondrial proteins were reduced in retinas of glaucomatous mice...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535794/mutation-site-and-context-dependent-effects-of-esr1-mutation-in-genome-edited-breast-cancer-cell-models
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Amir Bahreini, Zheqi Li, Peilu Wang, Kevin M Levine, Nilgun Tasdemir, Lan Cao, Hazel M Weir, Shannon L Puhalla, Nancy E Davidson, Andrew M Stern, David Chu, Ben Ho Park, Adrian V Lee, Steffi Oesterreich
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) 1 gene (ESR1) are frequently detected in ER+ metastatic breast cancer, and there is increasing evidence that these mutations confer endocrine resistance in breast cancer patients with advanced disease. However, their functional role is not well-understood, at least in part due to a lack of ESR1 mutant models. Here, we describe the generation and characterization of genome-edited T47D and MCF7 breast cancer cell lines with the two most common ESR1 mutations, Y537S and D538G...
May 23, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533489/sirtuin-6-inhibits-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-during-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-via-inactivating-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-signaling
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Kunming Tian, Panpan Chen, Zhiping Liu, Shutian Si, Qian Zhang, Yong Mou, Lianyong Han, Qin Wang, Xue Zhou
Sirt6 which is implicated in the control of aging, cancer, and metabolism, has been shown to have anti-fibrosis function in heart and liver. However, whether Sirt6 inhibits idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis remains elusive. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition has been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In the present study, forced expression of Sirt6 significantly abrogated TGF-β1-induced epithelial to mesenchymal transition-like phenotype and cell behaviors in A549 cells...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529331/butyrylcholinesterase-regulates-central-ghrelin-signaling-and-impacts-food-intake-and-glucose-homeostasis
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V P Chen, Y Gao, L Geng, S Brimijoin
BACKGROUND: Ghrelin is the only orexigenic hormone known to stimulate food intake and promote obesity and insulin resistance. We recently showed that plasma ghrelin is controlled by butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), which has a strong impact on feeding and weight gain. BChE knockout (KO) mice are prone to obesity on high-fat diet but hepatic BChE gene transfer rescues normal food intake and obesity resistance. However, these mice lack brain BChE and still develop hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance, suggesting essential interactions between BChE and ghrelin within the brain...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527664/a-new-hdv-mouse-model-identifies-mitochondrial-antiviral-signaling-protein-mavs-as-a-key-player-in-ifn-%C3%AE-induction
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Lester Suárez-Amarán, Carla Usai, Marianna Di Scala, Cristina Godoy, Yi Ni, Mirja Hommel, Laura Palomo, Víctor Segura, Cristina Olagüe, Africa Vales, Alicia Ruiz-Ripa, Maria Buti, Eduardo Salido, Jesús Prieto, Stephan Urban, Francisco Rodríguez-Frias, Rafael Aldabe, Gloria González-Aseguinolaza
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Studying hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and developing new treatments is hampered by the limited availability of small animal models. Here a description of a robust mouse model of HDV infection that mimics several important characteristics of the human disease is presented. METHODS: HDV- and HBV-replication competent genomes were delivered to the mouse liver using adeno-associated viruses (AAV) (AAV-HDV and AAV-HBV). Viral load, antigen expression and genomes were quantified at different time points after AAV injection...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526436/intracranial-il-17a-overexpression-decreases-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-by-upregulation-of-abca1-in-an-animal-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Junling Yang, Jinghong Kou, Robert Lalonde, Ken-Ichiro Fukuchi
Neuroinflammation is a pervasive feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and characterized by activated microglia, increased proinflammatory cytokines and/or infiltrating immune cells. T helper 17 (Th17) cells are found in AD brain parenchyma and interleukin-17A (IL-17A) is identified around deposits of aggregated amyloid β protein (Aβ). However, the role of IL-17A in AD pathogenesis remains elusive. We overexpressed IL-17A in an AD mouse model via recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (rAAV5)-mediated intracranial gene delivery...
May 17, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525804/recombinant-adeno-associated-virus-vector-carrying-the-thrombomodulin-lectin-like-domain-for-the-treatment-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Chao-Han Lai, Kuan-Chieh Wang, Cheng-Hsiang Kuo, Fang-Tzu Lee, Tsung-Lin Cheng, Bi-Ing Chang, Yu-Jen Yang, Guey-Yueh Shi, Hua-Lin Wu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Thrombomodulin (TM), through its lectin-like domain (TMD1), sequesters proinflammatory high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) to prevent it from engaging the receptor for advanced glycation end product (RAGE) that sustains inflammation and tissue damage. Our previous study demonstrated that short-term treatment with recombinant TM containing all the extracellular domains (i.e., rTMD123) inhibits HMGB1-RAGE signaling and confers protection against CaCl2-induced AAA formation...
March 18, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523568/role-of-dopamine-projections-from-ventral-tegmental-area-to-nucleus-accumbens-and-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-reinforcement-behaviors-assessed-using-optogenetic-manipulation
#10
Xiao Han, Man-Yi Jing, Tai-Yun Zhao, Ning Wu, Rui Song, Jin Li
Dopamine (DA) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) are predicted to play important roles in reward. In pharmacological studies, the rewarding effects of methamphetamine are mediated by DA neurons localized in the VTA. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) and medial prefrontal cortices (mPFC) are the main projections from the VTA. However, the role of these projections remains unclear, particularly the mPFC projections. In the present study, DAT-Cre transgenic mice received an injection of adeno-associated viral vectors encoding channelrhodopsin2 (ChR2) or control vector into the VTA resulting in the selective expression of these opsins in DA neurons...
May 19, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515305/cell-cycle-dependent-expression-of-aav2-rep-in-hsv-1-co-infections-gives-rise-to-a-mosaic-of-cells-replicating-either-aav2-or-hsv-1
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Francesca D Franzoso, Michael Seyffert, Rebecca Vogel, Artur Yakimovich, Bruna de Andrade Pereira, Anita F Meier, Sereina O Sutter, Kurt Tobler, Bernd Vogt, Urs F Greber, Hildegard Büning, Mathias Ackermann, Cornel Fraefel
Adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) depends for productive replication on the simultaneous presence of a helper virus such as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). At the same time, AAV2 efficiently blocks the replication of HSV-1, which would eventually limit its own replication by diminishing the helper virus reservoir. This discrepancy begs the question how AAV2 and HSV-1 can co-exist in a cell population. Here we show that in co-infected cultures, AAV2 DNA replication takes place almost exclusively in S/G2 cells, while HSV-1 DNA replication is restricted to G1...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510482/rod-outer-segment-development-influences-aav-mediated-photoreceptor-transduction-after-subretinal-injection
#12
Lolita Petit, Shan Ma, Shun-Yun Cheng, Guangping Gao, Claudio Punzo
Vectors based on the adeno-associated virus (AAV) are currently the preferred tools for delivering genes to photoreceptors (PR) in small and large animals. AAVs have been applied successfully in various models of PR dystrophies. However, unknown barriers still limit AAV's efficient application in several forms of severe PR degenerations, due to insufficient transgene expression and/or treated cells at the time of injection. Optimizations of PR gene therapy strategies will likely benefit from the identification of the cellular factors that influence PR transduction...
May 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506534/neurod1-instructs-neuronal-conversion-in-non-reactive-astrocytes
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Rebecca Brulet, Taito Matsuda, Ling Zhang, Carlos Miranda, Mauro Giacca, Brian K Kaspar, Kinichi Nakashima, Jenny Hsieh
Currently, all methods for converting non-neuronal cells into neurons involve injury to the brain; however, whether neuronal transdifferentiation can occur long after the period of insult remains largely unknown. Here, we use the transcription factor NEUROD1, previously shown to convert reactive glial cells to neurons in the cortex, to determine whether astrocyte-to-neuron transdifferentiation can occur under physiological conditions. We utilized adeno-associated virus 9 (AAV9), which crosses the blood-brain barrier without injury, to deliver NEUROD1 to astrocytes through an intravascular route...
May 11, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506256/aav-vector-distribution-in-the-mouse-respiratory-tract-following-four-different-methods-of-administration
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Lisa A Santry, Joelle C Ingrao, Darrick L Yu, Jondavid G de Jong, Laura P van Lieshout, Geoffrey A Wood, Sarah K Wootton
BACKGROUND: Targeted delivery of gene therapy vectors to the mouse respiratory tract is often performed via intranasal or intratracheal administration; however, there can be a great deal of variability between these methods, which could potentially influence experimental results. Improving the accuracy and precision of lung delivery will not only reduce the number of animals required to detect statistically significant differences, but may reduce the variability of studies from different laboratories...
May 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504688/accelerated-atherosclerosis-development-in-c57bl6-mice-by-overexpressing-aav-mediated-pcsk9-and-partial-carotid-ligation
#15
Sandeep Kumar, Dong-Won Kang, Amir Rezvan, Hanjoong Jo
Studying the role of a particular gene in atherosclerosis typically requires a time-consuming and often difficult process of generating double knockouts or transgenics on ApoE(-/-) or LDL receptor (LDLR)(-/-) background. Recently, it was reported that adeno-associated-virus-8 (AAV8)-mediated overexpression of PCSK9 (AAV8-PCSK9) rapidly induced hyperlipidemia. However, using this method in C57BL6 wild-type (C57) mice, it took ~3 months to develop atherosclerosis. Our partial carotid ligation model is used to rapidly develop atherosclerosis by inducing disturbed flow in the left common carotid artery within 2 weeks in ApoE(-/-) or LDLR(-/-) mice...
May 15, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504668/hla-e-expressing-pluripotent-stem-cells-escape-allogeneic-responses-and-lysis-by-nk-cells
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Germán G Gornalusse, Roli K Hirata, Sarah E Funk, Laura Riolobos, Vanda S Lopes, Gabriel Manske, Donna Prunkard, Aric G Colunga, Laïla-Aïcha Hanafi, Dennis O Clegg, Cameron Turtle, David W Russell
Polymorphisms in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I genes can cause the rejection of pluripotent stem cell (PSC)-derived products in allogeneic recipients. Disruption of the Beta-2 Microglobulin (B2M) gene eliminates surface expression of all class I molecules, but leaves the cells vulnerable to lysis by natural killer (NK) cells. Here we show that this 'missing-self' response can be prevented by forced expression of minimally polymorphic HLA-E molecules. We use adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene editing to knock in HLA-E genes at the B2M locus in human PSCs in a manner that confers inducible, regulated, surface expression of HLA-E single-chain dimers (fused to B2M) or trimers (fused to B2M and a peptide antigen), without surface expression of HLA-A, B or C...
May 15, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504553/aavs1-targeted-plasmid-integration-in-aav-producer-cell-lines
#17
Yuxia Luo, Amy Frederick, John M Martin, Abraham Scaria, Seng H Cheng, Donna Armentano, Samuel C Wadsworth, Karen A Vincent
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) producer cell lines are created via transfection of HeLaS3 cells with a single plasmid containing three components (the vector sequence, the AAV rep and cap genes, and a selectable marker gene). As this plasmid contains both the cis (Rep binding sites) and trans (Rep protein encoded by the rep gene) elements required for site-specific integration, it was predicted that plasmid integration might occur within the AAVS1 locus on human chromosome 19 (chr19). The objective of this study was to investigate whether integration in AAVS1 might be correlated with vector yield...
April 14, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503441/applications-of-crispr-cas9-in-retinal-degenerative-diseases
#18
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Ying-Qian Peng, Luo-Sheng Tang, Shigeo Yoshida, Ye-Di Zhou
Gene therapy is a potentially effective treatment for retinal degenerative diseases. Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system has been developed as a new genome-editing tool in ophthalmic studies. Recent advances in researches showed that CRISPR/Cas9 has been applied in generating animal models as well as gene therapy in vivo of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). It has also been shown as a potential attempt for clinic by combining with other technologies such as adeno-associated virus (AAV) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500077/alternative-start-sites-downstream-of-nonsense-mutations-drive-antigen-presentation-and-tolerance-induction-to-c-terminal-epitopes
#19
Scott N Ashley, Suryanarayan Somanathan, Christian Hinderer, Maxwell Arias, Deirdre McMenamin, Christine Draper, James M Wilson
CTL responses to the transgene product remain an active area of concern for the gene therapy field. A patient's underlying genetic mutation may influence the qualitative nature of these potentially destructive T cell responses. Individuals with a mutation that introduces a premature termination codon (PTC) that prevents synthesis of the full-length peptide are considered more likely to mount a transgene-specific T cell response because of a lack of immune tolerance to C-terminal epitopes as a consequence of absent endogenous Ag presentation...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497073/integrase-deficient-lentiviral-vector-as-an-all-in-one-platform-for-highly-efficient-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing
#20
Pavel I Ortinski, Bernadette O'Donovan, Xiaoyu Dong, Boris Kantor
The CRISPR/Cas9 systems have revolutionized the field of genome editing by providing unprecedented control over gene sequences and gene expression in many species, including humans. Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are one of the primary delivery platforms for the CRISPR/Cas9 system due to their ability to accommodate large DNA payloads and sustain robust expression in a wide range of dividing and non-dividing cells. However, long-term expression of LV-delivered Cas9/guide RNA may lead to undesirable off-target effects characterized by non-specific RNA-DNA interactions and off-target DNA cleavages...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
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