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Raman Bahal, Nicole Ali McNeer, Elias Quijano, Yanfeng Liu, Parker Sulkowski, Audrey Turchick, Yi-Chien Lu, Dinesh C Bhunia, Arunava Manna, Dale L Greiner, Michael A Brehm, Christopher J Cheng, Francesc López-Giráldez, Adele Ricciardi, Jagadish Beloor, Diane S Krause, Priti Kumar, Patrick G Gallagher, Demetrios T Braddock, W Mark Saltzman, Danith H Ly, Peter M Glazer
The blood disorder, β-thalassaemia, is considered an attractive target for gene correction. Site-specific triplex formation has been shown to induce DNA repair and thereby catalyse genome editing. Here we report that triplex-forming peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) substituted at the γ position plus stimulation of the stem cell factor (SCF)/c-Kit pathway yielded high levels of gene editing in haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in a mouse model of human β-thalassaemia. Injection of thalassemic mice with SCF plus nanoparticles containing γPNAs and donor DNAs ameliorated the disease phenotype, with sustained elevation of blood haemoglobin levels into the normal range, reduced reticulocytosis, reversal of splenomegaly and up to 7% β-globin gene correction in HSCs, with extremely low off-target effects...
October 26, 2016: Nature Communications
Wahiduzzaman, Mohammad Aasif Dar, Mohd Amir, Asimul Islam, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan, Faizan Ahmad
Triose phosphate isomerase (TIM) is a cytoplasmic enzyme of prime importance in the mammalian glycolytic pathway. It has a major role in the conversion of dihydroxyacetone phosphate into glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate. We have successfully purified a stable complex of TIM with β-globin subunit from the sheep kidney using a simple two-step chromatography procedure. It is seen for the first time that TIM is forming a stable complex with β-globin. The purified protein-protein complex was crystallized and preliminary diffraction data were collected at 2...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Aikaterini Gravia, Vasiliki Chondrou, Alexandra Kolliopoulou, Alexandra Kourakli, Anne John, Argyris Symeonidis, Bassam R Ali, Argyro Sgourou, Adamantia Papachatzopoulou, Theodora Katsila, George P Patrinos
AIMS: Hemoglobinopathies, particularly β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease, are characterized by great phenotypic variability in terms of disease severity, while notable differences have been observed in hydroxyurea treatment efficacy. In both cases, the observed phenotypic diversity is mostly dependent on the elevated fetal hemoglobin levels, resulting from the persistent fetal globin gene expression in the adult erythroid stage orchestrated by intricate mechanisms that still remain only partly understood...
October 21, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
Wai Cheng Foong, Jacqueline J Ho, C Khai Loh, Vip Viprakasit
BACKGROUND: Non-transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia is a subset of inherited haemoglobin disorders characterised by reduced production of the beta globin chain of the haemoglobin molecule leading to anaemia of varying severity. Although blood transfusion is not a necessity for survival, it is required when episodes of chronic anaemia occur. This chronic anaemia can impair growth and affect quality of life. People with non-transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia suffer from iron overload due to their body's increased capability of absorbing iron from food sources...
October 18, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Mir A Hossain, Yong Shen, Isaac Knudson, Shaleen Thakur, Jared R Stees, Yi Qiu, Betty S Pace, Kenneth R Peterson, Jörg Bungert
Reactivation of γ-globin expression has been shown to ameliorate disease phenotypes associated with mutations in the adult β-globin gene, including sickle cell disease. Specific mutations in the promoter of the γ-globin genes are known to prevent repression of the genes in the adult and thus lead to hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin. One such hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin is associated with a sequence located 567 bp upstream of the Gγ-globin gene which assembles a GATA-containing repressor complex...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Hada C Macher, G Suárez-Artacho, Pilar Jiménez-Arriscado, S Álvarez-Gómez, N García-Fernández, Juan M Guerrero, Patrocini Molinero, Elena Trujillo-Arribas, M A Gómez-Bravo, Amalia Rubio
The evaluation of the transplanted liver health by non-invasive approaches may offer an improvement in early clinical intervention. As transplanted organs have genomes that are distinct from the host's genome, the quantification of the specific DNA of the donated liver in the patient serum will allow us to obtain information about its damage. We evaluated the state of transplanted liver health by monitoring the RH gene in serum circulating DNA (cirDNA) from 17 recipient and donor mismatched for this gene. cirDNA RH gene was quantified by RT- PCR before, at the moment of transplantation (day 0) and during the stay at the intensive care unit...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Kanay Yararbaş, Yasemin Ardıçoğlu, Nejat Akar
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October 18, 2016: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
Naoya Uchida, Juan J Haro-Mora, Atsushi Fujita, Duck-Yeon Lee, Thomas Winkler, Matthew M Hsieh, John F Tisdale
Human embryonic stem (ES) cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells represent an ideal source for in vitro modeling of erythropoiesis and a potential alternative source for red blood cell transfusions. However, iPS cell-derived erythroid cells predominantly produce ε- and γ-globin without β-globin production. We recently demonstrated that ES cell-derived sacs (ES sacs), known to express hemangioblast markers, allow for efficient erythroid cell generation with β-globin production. In this study, we generated several iPS cell lines derived from bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) and peripheral blood erythroid progenitors (EPs) from sickle cell disease patients, and evaluated hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) generation after iPS sac induction as well as subsequent erythroid differentiation...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells
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
Amy Geard, Gift D Pule, David Chelo, Valentina Josiane Ngo Bitoungui, Ambroise Wonkam
Sickle cell disease (SCD) vastly impacts the African continent and is associated with cardiovascular diseases. Stroke, kidney disease, and pulmonary hypertension are considered as proxies of severity in SCD with several genomic loci implicated in their heritability. The present expert review examined the current data on epidemiology and genetic risk factors of stroke, pulmonary hypertension, and kidney disease associated with SCD, as indexed in PubMed(®) and Google Scholar(®). Studies collectively show that stroke and kidney disease each affect ∼10% of SCD patients, with pulmonary hypertension displaying a higher prevalence of 30% among adults with SCD...
October 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
Shouichi Ohga
Congenital hemolytic anemia is a group of monogenic diseases presenting with anemia due to increased destruction of circulating erythrocytes. The etiology of inherited anemia accounts for germline mutations of the responsible genes coding for the structural components of erythrocytes and extra-erythrocytes. The erythrocyte abnormalities are classified into three major disorders of red cell membrane defects, hemoglobinopathies, and red cell enzymopathies. The extra-erythrocyte abnormalities, typified by consumption coagulopathy and intravascular hemolysis, include Upshaw-Schulman syndrome and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Bin Mao, Shu Huang, Xulin Lu, Wencui Sun, Ya Zhou, Xu Pan, Jinfeng Yu, Mowen Lai, Bo Chen, Qiongxiu Zhou, Song Mao, Guohui Bian, Jiaxi Zhou, Tatsutoshi Nakahata, Feng Ma
The development of human erythroid cells has been mostly examined in models of adult hematopoiesis, while their early derivation during embryonic and fetal stages is largely unknown. We observed the development and maturation of erythroblasts derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) by an efficient co-culture system. These hPSC-derived early erythroblasts initially showed definitive characteristics with a glycophorin A(+) (GPA(+)) CD34(low)CD36(-) phenotype and were distinct from adult CD34(+) cell-derived ones...
October 4, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Gabriella E Martyn, Kate G R Quinlan, Merlin Crossley
CCAAT boxes are motifs found within the proximal promoter of many genes, including the human globin genes. The highly conserved nature of CCAAT box motifs within the promoter region of both α-like and β-like globin genes emphasises the functional importance of the CCAAT sequence in globin gene regulation. Mutations within the β-globin CCAAT box result in β-thalassaemia, while mutations within the distal γ-globin CCAAT box cause the Hereditary Persistence of Foetal Haemoglobin, a benign condition which results in continued γ-globin expression during adult life...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Supawadee Yamsri, Naruwat Pakdee, Goonnapa Fucharoen, Kanokwan Sanchaisuriya, Supan Fucharoen
Non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia (NTDT) is associated with various forms of thalassemia and genetic modifiers. We report the molecular basis of NTDT in hemoglobin (Hb) E-β-thalassemia disease. This study was done in 73 adult patients encountered at the prenatal diagnosis center of Khon Kaen University, Northeast Thailand. Hematological parameters and Hb patterns were collected, and α- and β-globin gene mutations were determined. Multiple single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) including the rs7482144/Gγ-XmnI polymorphism, rs2297339, rs2838513, rs4895441, and rs9399137 in the HBS1L-MYB gene, rs4671393 and rs11886868 in the BCL11A gene, and G176AfsX179 in the KLF1 gene were examined...
October 7, 2016: Acta Haematologica
Krzysztof Mikołajczyk, Radosław Kaczmarek, Marcin Czerwiński
Transcription factor EKLF (Erythroid Krüppel-Like Factor) belongs to the group of Krüppellike factors, which regulate proliferation, differentiation, development and apoptosis of mammalian cells. EKLF factor is present in erythroid cells, where it participates in regulation of hematopoiesis, expression of genes encoding transmembrane proteins (including blood group antigens), and heme biosynthesis enzymes. It is also a key factor in downregulation of γ-globins and activation of β-globin gene expression...
October 6, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Elenoe C Smith, Sidinh Luc, Donyell M Croney, Mollie B Woodworth, Luciano C Greig, Yuko Fujiwara, Minh Nguyen, Falak Sher, Jeffrey D Macklis, Daniel E Bauer, Stuart H Orkin
BCL11A, a repressor of human fetal (γ-)globin expression, is required for immune and hematopoietic stem cell functions and brain development. Regulatory sequences within the gene, which are subject to genetic variation affecting fetal globin expression, display hallmarks of an erythroid enhancer in cell lines and transgenic mice. As such this enhancer is a novel, attractive target for therapeutic gene editing. To explore the roles of such sequences in vivo, we generated mice in which the orthologous 10 kb intronic sequences were removed...
October 5, 2016: Blood
Juliana D Lindenau, Sandrine C Wagner, Simone M de Castro, Mara H Hutz
Sickle cell hemoglobin is the result of a mutation at the sixth amino acid position of the beta (β) globin chain. The HBB*S gene is in linkage disequilibrium with five main haplotypes in the β-globin-like gene cluster named according to their ethnic and geographic origins: Bantu (CAR), Benin (BEN), Senegal (SEN), Cameroon (CAM) and Arabian-Indian (ARAB). These haplotypes demonstrated that the sickle cell mutation arose independently at least five times in human history. The distribution of βS haplotypes among Brazilian populations showed a predominance of the CAR haplotype...
October 3, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Liu Jun-Hong, Wang Kun-Yu
Lysozyme is a kind of alkaline globin, which functions well in the degradation of the cell wall of microbe. Currently, lysozyme is widely used in various fields, such as medicine, fruit, and vegetable industry, dairy industry, and so on. Therefore, the exploitation and utilization of lysozyme is of significant economic benefit. Taking apple as material, weight loss ratio and reducing sugar content as objectives, this paper studied the fresh-keeping effect of lysozyme. Influential factors, lysozyme concentration, soaking time, modified temperature, and reaction time were discussed in detail...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Sasha De Henau, Bart P Braeckman
In recent years, moderate levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) have become recognized as signaling cues that participate at all levels of cellular organization. Globins, with their redox-active heme iron and ubiquitous presence, seem ideally suited to participate in ROS metabolism. Here we comment on our recent findings that show the participation of a globin, GLB-12, in a redox signaling pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans. We found that GLB-12 produces superoxide, a type of ROS, after which this is converted to what appears to be a hydrogen peroxide gradient over the plasma membrane by the activity of intracellular and extracellular superoxide dismutases...
2016: Worm
Dimitris N Papageorgiou, Elena Karkoulia, Alexandra Amaral-Psarris, Pavel Burda, Katarzyna Kolodziej, Jeroen Demmers, Jörg Bungert, Tomas Stopka, John Strouboulis
DNMT1 is the maintenance DNA methyltransferase shown to be essential for embryonic development and cellular growth and differentiation in many somatic tissues in mammals. Increasing evidence has also suggested a role for DNMT1 in repressing gene expression through interactions with specific transcription factors. Previously, we identified DNMT1 as an interacting partner of the TR2/TR4 nuclear receptor heterodimer in erythroid cells, implicated in the developmental silencing of fetal β-type globin genes in the adult stage of human erythropoiesis...
September 28, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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