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DNA editing

Wojciech Rosikiewicz, Izabela Makałowska
Natural antisense transcripts (NATs) are RNA molecules that originate from opposite DNA strands of the same genomic locus (cis-NAT) or unlinked genomic loci (trans-NAT). NATs may play various regulatory functions at the transcriptional level via transcriptional interference. NATs may also regulate gene expression levels post-transcriptionally via induction of epigenetic changes or double-stranded RNA formation, which may lead to endogenous RNA interference, RNA editing or RNA masking. The true biological significance of the natural antisense transcripts remains controversial despite many years of research...
October 21, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Stacy-Anne Morgan, Dana C Nadler, Rayka Yokoo, David F Savage
Metabolic engineering offers the potential to renewably produce important classes of chemicals, particularly biofuels, at an industrial scale. DNA synthesis and editing techniques can generate large pathway libraries, yet identifying the best variants is slow and cumbersome. Traditionally, analytical methods like chromatography and mass spectrometry have been used to evaluate pathway variants, but such techniques cannot be performed with high throughput. Biosensors - genetically encoded components that actuate a cellular output in response to a change in metabolite concentration - are therefore a promising tool for rapid and high-throughput evaluation of candidate pathway variants...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
Nina Xie, He Gong, Joshua A Suhl, Pankaj Chopra, Tao Wang, Stephen T Warren
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a common cause of intellectual disability that is most often due to a CGG-repeat expansion mutation in the FMR1 gene that triggers epigenetic gene silencing. Epigenetic modifying drugs can only transiently and modestly induce FMR1 reactivation in the presence of the elongated CGG repeat. As a proof-of-principle, we excised the expanded CGG-repeat in both somatic cell hybrids containing the human fragile X chromosome and human FXS iPS cells using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. We observed transcriptional reactivation in approximately 67% of the CRISPR cut hybrid colonies and in 20% of isolated human FXS iPSC colonies...
2016: PloS One
Ji Luo, Qingyang Liu, Kunihiko Morihiro, Alexander Deiters
Using small molecules to control the function of proteins in live cells with complete specificity is highly desirable, but challenging. Here we report a small-molecule switch that can be used to control protein activity. The approach uses a phosphine-mediated Staudinger reduction to activate protein function. Genetic encoding of an ortho-azidobenzyloxycarbonyl amino acid using a pyrrolysyl transfer RNA synthetase/tRNACUA pair in mammalian cells enables the site-specific introduction of a small-molecule-removable protecting group into the protein of interest...
November 2016: Nature Chemistry
Jiangming Sun, Yang De Marinis, Peter Osmark, Pratibha Singh, Annika Bagge, Bérengère Valtat, Petter Vikman, Peter Spégel, Hindrik Mulder
RNA editing is a post-transcriptional alteration of RNA sequences that, via insertions, deletions or base substitutions, can affect protein structure as well as RNA and protein expression. Recently, it has been suggested that RNA editing may be more frequent than previously thought. A great impediment, however, to a deeper understanding of this process is the paramount sequencing effort that needs to be undertaken to identify RNA editing events. Here, we describe an in silico approach, based on machine learning, that ameliorates this problem...
2016: PloS One
Laure D Sultan, Daria Mileshina, Felix Grewe, Katarzyna Rolle, Sivan Abudraham, Paweł Głodowicz, Adnan Khan Niazi, Ido Keren, Sofia Shevtsov, Liron Klipcan, Jan Barciszewski, Jeffrey P Mower, Andre Dietrich, Oren Ostersetzer
Group II introns are large catalytic RNAs that are ancestrally related to nuclear spliceosomal introns. Sequences corresponding to group II RNAs are found in many prokaryotes and are particularly prevalent within plants organellar genomes. Proteins encoded within the introns themselves (maturases) facilitate the splicing of their own host pre-RNAs. Mitochondrial introns in plants have diverged considerably in sequence and have lost their maturases. In angiosperms, only a single maturase has been retained in the mitochondrial DNA: the matR gene found within NADH dehydrogenase 1 (nad1) intron 4...
October 19, 2016: Plant Cell
Luke Pett, Konstantinos Kiakos, Vijay Satam, Pravin Patil, Sarah Laughlin-Toth, Matthew Gregory, Michael Bowerman, Kevin Olson, Mia Savagian, Megan Lee, Moses Lee, W David Wilson, Daniel Hochhauser, John A Hartley
BACKGROUND: Sequence specific polyamide HxIP 1, targeted to the inverted CCAAT Box 2 (ICB2) on the topoisomerase IIα (topo IIα) promoter can inhibit NF-Y binding, re-induce gene expression and increase sensitivity to etoposide. To enhance biological activity, diamino-containing derivatives (HxI*P 2 and HxIP* 3) were synthesised incorporating an alkyl amino group at the N1-heterocyclic position of the imidazole/pyrrole. METHODS: DNase I footprinting was used to evaluate DNA binding of the diamino Hx-polyamides, and their ability to disrupt the NF-Y:ICB2 interaction assessed using EMSAs...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Kristin M Whitworth, Joshua A Benne, Lee D Spate, Stephanie L Murphy, Melissa S Samuel, Clifton N Murphy, Jürgen A Richt, Eric Walters, Randall S Prather, Kevin D Wells
The CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tool has increased the efficiency of creating genetically modified pigs for use as biomedical or agricultural models. The objectives were to determine if DNA editing resulted in a delay in development to the blastocyst stage or in a skewing of the sex ratio. Six DNA templates (gBlocks) that were designed to express guide RNAs that target the transmembrane protease, serine S1, member 2 (TMPRSS2) gene were in vitro transcribed. Pairs of CRISPR guide RNAs that flanked the start codon and polyadenylated Cas9 were co-injected into the cytoplasm of zygotes and cultured in vitro to the blastocyst stage...
October 15, 2016: Transgenic Research
Mark A DeWitt, Wendy Magis, Nicolas L Bray, Tianjiao Wang, Jennifer R Berman, Fabrizia Urbinati, Seok-Jin Heo, Therese Mitros, Denise P Muñoz, Dario Boffelli, Donald B Kohn, Mark C Walters, Dana Carroll, David I K Martin, Jacob E Corn
Genetic diseases of blood cells are prime candidates for treatment through ex vivo gene editing of CD34(+) hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs), and a variety of technologies have been proposed to treat these disorders. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a recessive genetic disorder caused by a single-nucleotide polymorphism in the β-globin gene (HBB). Sickle hemoglobin damages erythrocytes, causing vasoocclusion, severe pain, progressive organ damage, and premature death. We optimize design and delivery parameters of a ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex comprising Cas9 protein and unmodified single guide RNA, together with a single-stranded DNA oligonucleotide donor (ssODN), to enable efficient replacement of the SCD mutation in human HSPCs...
October 12, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Chance M Nowak, Seth Lawson, Megan Zerez, Leonidas Bleris
The Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats system allows a single guide RNA (sgRNA) to direct a protein with combined helicase and nuclease activity to the DNA. Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9), a CRISPR-associated protein, has revolutionized our ability to probe and edit the human genome in vitro and in vivo Arguably, the true modularity of the Cas9 platform is conferred through the ease of sgRNA programmability as well as the degree of modifications the sgRNA can tolerate without compromising its association with SpCas9 and function...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Klára Piukovics, Gabriella Terhes, Tímea Gurbity-Pálfi, Ágnes Bereczki, Ferenc Rárosi, Judit Deák, Zita Borbényi, Edit Urbán
Because of the widespread use of immunosuppressive drugs, CMV infection is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with haematological malignancies worldwide. The aim of the study was to retrospectively analyse the epidemiology of CMV infection in haematological patients. Between 2008 and 2014, 1238 quantitative CMV DNA detections from plasma specimens were performed. These specimens were collected from 271 patients with haematological malignancy. Patients were grouped on the basis of underlying diseases (lymphoid and myeloid malignancies and other haematological diseases)...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Emily K Law, Anieta M Sieuwerts, Kelly LaPara, Brandon Leonard, Gabriel J Starrett, Amy M Molan, Nuri A Temiz, Rachel Isaksson Vogel, Marion E Meijer-van Gelder, Fred C G J Sweep, Paul N Span, John A Foekens, John W M Martens, Douglas Yee, Reuben S Harris
Breast tumors often display extreme genetic heterogeneity characterized by hundreds of gross chromosomal aberrations and tens of thousands of somatic mutations. Tumor evolution is thought to be ongoing and driven by multiple mutagenic processes. A major outstanding question is whether primary tumors have preexisting mutations for therapy resistance or whether additional DNA damage and mutagenesis are necessary. Drug resistance is a key measure of tumor evolvability. If a resistance mutation preexists at the time of primary tumor presentation, then the intended therapy is likely to fail...
October 2016: Science Advances
Julia Hilscher, Hermann Bürstmayr, Eva Stoger
The development of gene targeting and gene editing techniques based on programmable site-directed nucleases (SDNs) has increased the precision of genome modification and made the outcomes more predictable and controllable. These approaches have achieved rapid advances in plant biotechnology, particularly the development of improved crop varieties. Here, we review the range of alterations which have already been implemented in plant genomes, and summarize the reported efficiencies of precise genome modification...
October 11, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
Muhammad Abu Bakr Shabbir, Haihong Hao, Muhammad Zubair Shabbir, Hafiz Iftikhar Hussain, Zahid Iqbal, Saeed Ahmed, Adeel Sattar, Mujahid Iqbal, Jun Li, Zonghui Yuan
Prokaryotes have developed numerous innate immune mechanisms in order to fend off bacteriophage or plasmid attack. One of these immune systems is clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR). CRISPR-associated proteins play a key role in survival of prokaryotes against invaders, as these systems cleave DNA of foreign genetic elements. Beyond providing immunity, these systems have significant impact in altering the bacterial physiology in term of its virulence and pathogenicity, as well as evolution...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Ruslan Aphasizhev, Takuma Suematsu, Liye Zhang, Inna Aphasizheva
RNA uridylation is a significant transcriptome-shaping factor in protists, fungi, metazoans, and plants. The 3' U-additions are catalyzed by terminal uridyltransferases (TUTases), a diverse group of enzymes that along with non-canonical poly(A) polymerases form a distinct group in the superfamily of DNA polymerase β-like nucleotidyl transferases. Within and across studied organisms and subcellular compartments, TUTases differ in nucleotide triphosphate selectivity, interacting partners, and RNA targets. A general premise linking RNA uridylation to 3'-5' degradation received support from several studies of small RNAs and mRNA turnover...
October 7, 2016: RNA Biology
Chaolong Lin, Huanhuan Li, Mengru Hao, Dan Xiong, Yong Luo, Chenghao Huang, Quan Yuan, Jun Zhang, Ningshao Xia
Genetically modified HSV-1 viruses serve as promising vectors for tumour therapy and vaccine development. The CRISPR/Cas9 system is one of the most powerful tools for precise gene editing of the genomes of organisms. However, whether the CRISPR/Cas9 system can precisely and efficiently make gene replacements in the genome of HSV-1 remains essentially unknown. Here, we reported CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing of the HSV-1 genome in human cells, including the knockout and replacement of large genes. In established cells stably expressing CRISPR/Cas9, gRNA in coordination with Cas9 could direct a precise cleavage within a pre-defined target region, and foreign genes were successfully used to replace the target gene seamlessly by HDR-mediated gene replacement...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ki Seong Eom, Jin Sung Cheong, Seung Jae Lee
Zinc finger proteins are among the most extensively applied metalloproteins in the field of biotechnology due to their unique structural and functional aspects as transcriptional and translational regulators. The classical zinc fingers are the largest family of zinc proteins and they provide critical roles in physiological systems from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. Two cysteine and two histidine residues (Cys₂His₂) coordinate to the zinc ion for the structural functions to generate a ββα fold, and this secondary structure supports specific interactions with their binding partners including DNA, RNA, lipids, proteins, and small molecules...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Amrita Singh, Debojyoti Chakraborty, Souvik Maiti
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionized the process of making changes to the DNA sequence of organisms. Relying on a simplistic model of RNA guided DNA binding and cleavage, this molecular toolbox has found application in nearly every branch of biological sciences. The story of CRISPR-Cas9 is one of discovery and development where a component of bacterial adaptive immunity has been harnessed to address important biological questions using significant inputs from physicochemical structure-function studies...
September 14, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Zhenyu He, Kehkooi Kee
Gene targeting and editing is an essential tool for both basic research and clinical application such as gene therapy. Several endonucleases have been invented to fulfill these purposes, including zinc finger nucleases, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9. Although all of these systems can target DNA sequence with high efficiency, they also exert off-target effects and genotoxicity. The off-target effects might not hinder their usage in animal models because the correctly targeted cells can be selected for further studies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tuhin Kumar Guha, Georg Hausner
Fungal mitochondrial genomes act as "reservoirs" for homing endonucleases. These enzymes with their DNA site-specific cleavage activities are attractive tools for genome editing, targeted mutagenesis and gene therapy applications. Herein, we present strategies where homing endonuclease open reading frames (HEases ORFs) are interrupted with group II intron sequences. The ultimate goal is to achieve in vivo expression of HEases that can be regulated by manipulating the splicing efficiency of the HEase ORF-embedded group II introns...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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