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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634346/generating-conditional-gene-knockouts-in-plasmodium-a-toolkit-to-produce-stable-dicre-recombinase-expressing-parasite-lines-using-crispr-cas9
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Ellen Knuepfer, Marta Napiorkowska, Christiaan van Ooij, Anthony A Holder
Successful establishment of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology in Plasmodium spp. has provided a powerful tool to transform Plasmodium falciparum into a genetically more tractable organism. Conditional gene regulation approaches are required to study the function of gene products critical for growth and erythrocyte invasion of blood stage parasites. Here we employ CRISPR/Cas9 to facilitate use of the dimerisable Cre-recombinase (DiCre) that is frequently used to mediate the excision and loss of loxP-flanked DNA sequences in a rapamycin controlled manner...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624213/crispr-cas9-loxp-mediated-gene-editing-as-a-novel-site-specific-genetic-manipulation-tool
#2
Fayu Yang, Changbao Liu, Ding Chen, Mengjun Tu, Haihua Xie, Huihui Sun, Xianglian Ge, Lianchao Tang, Jin Li, Jiayong Zheng, Zongming Song, Jia Qu, Feng Gu
Cre-loxP, as one of the site-specific genetic manipulation tools, offers a method to study the spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression/inactivation in order to decipher gene function. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated targeted genome engineering technologies are sparking a new revolution in biological research. Whether the traditional site-specific genetic manipulation tool and CRISPR/Cas9 could be combined to create a novel genetic tool for highly specific gene editing is not clear. Here, we successfully generated a CRISPR/Cas9-loxP system to perform gene editing in human cells, providing the proof of principle that these two technologies can be used together for the first time...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611493/construction-selection-and-immunogenicity-of-recombinant-fowlpox-candidate-vaccine-co-expressing-hiv-1-gag-and-gp145
#3
Yilong Zhu, Yan Guo, Shouwen Du, Cunxia Liu, Maopeng Wang, Dayong Ren, Fei Zhao, Yanfang Zhang, Wenchao Sun, Yiquan Li, Tingting Cao, Yingyue Jiang, Bin Xing, Bing Bai, Chang Li, Ningyi Jin
An HIV candidate vaccine for the Chinese population was designed by constructing a recombinant fowlpox virus expressing HIV-1 gag and HIV gp145 proteins via homologous recombination and plaque screening using enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) as the reporter gene. EGFP in the recombinant was then knocked out with the Cre/Loxp system yielding rFPVHg-Hp, which was identified at the genomic, transcriptional and translational levels. The immunogenicity of rFPVHg-Hp was analyzed by measuring levels of HIV-specific antibodies and IFN-γ-secreting splenocytes by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and IFN enzyme-linked immune spot test in the BALB/c mouse model...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589359/targeting-gene-function-in-germinal-center-b-cells-a-practical-approach
#4
Valentina Petrocelli, Stefano Casola
The germinal center (GC) reaction represents an essential phase of an adaptive immune response. Dysfunction of GC B cells can lead to life-threatening diseases including autoimmune disorders, lymphomas, and opportunistic infections. Defining the molecular circuitries controlling GC B cell physiology is crucial to understand the pathogenesis of GC B cell disorders, as well as to develop improved vaccines against foreign pathogens. Conditional gene targeting based on the Cre/loxP recombination system has substantially accelerated our comprehension of the genetic networks controlling GC B cell function...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580288/restoration-of-lepr-in-%C3%AE-cells-of-lepr-null-mice-does-not-prevent-hyperinsulinemia-and-hyperglycemia
#5
Anna M D'souza, Timothy J Kieffer
OBJECTIVE: The adipose-derived hormone leptin plays an important role in regulating body weight and glucose homeostasis. Leptin receptors are expressed in the central nervous system as well as peripheral tissues involved in regulating glucose homeostasis, including insulin-producing β cells of the pancreas. Previous studies assessing the role of leptin receptors in β cells used Cre-loxP to disrupt the leptin receptor gene (Lepr) in β cells, but variable results were obtained. Furthermore, recombination of Lepr was observed in the hypothalamus or exocrine pancreas, in addition to the β cells, and Lepr in non-β cells may have compensated for the loss of Lepr in β cells, thus making it difficult to assess the direct effects of Lepr in β cells...
June 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550025/30-years-of-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-mineralocorticoid-receptor-null-mice-informing-cell-type-specific-roles
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Timothy J Cole, Morag J Young
The mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediates the actions of two important adrenal corticosteroid hormones, aldosterone and cortisol. The cell signalling roles of the MR in vivo have expanded enormously since the cloning of human MR gene 30 years ago and the first MR gene knockout in mice nearly 20 years ago. Complete ablation of the MR revealed important roles postnatally for regulation of kidney epithelial functions, with MR-null mice dying 1-2 weeks postnatally from renal salt wasting and hyperkalaemia, with elevated plasma renin and aldosterone...
July 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549095/klf4-plays-an-essential-role-in-corneal-epithelial-homeostasis-by-promoting-epithelial-cell-fate-and-suppressing-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Anil Tiwari, Chelsea L Loughner, Sudha Swamynathan, Shivalingappa K Swamynathan
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that KLF4 promotes corneal epithelial (CE) cell fate by suppressing the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), using spatiotemporally regulated CE-specific ablation of Klf4 in Klf4Δ/ΔCE (Klf4LoxP/LoxP/Krt12rtTA/rtTA/Tet-O-Cre) mice. Methods: CE-specific ablation of Klf4 was achieved by feeding Klf4Δ/ΔCE mice with doxycycline chow. The wild-type (WT; normal chow-fed littermates) and the Klf4Δ/ΔCE histology was compared by hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections; EMT marker expression was quantified by quantitative PCR, immunoblots, and immunofluorescent staining; and wound healing rate was measured by CE debridement using Algerbrush...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511701/easi-crispr-a-robust-method-for-one-step-generation-of-mice-carrying-conditional-and-insertion-alleles-using-long-ssdna-donors-and-crispr-ribonucleoproteins
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Rolen M Quadros, Hiromi Miura, Donald W Harms, Hisako Akatsuka, Takehito Sato, Tomomi Aida, Ronald Redder, Guy P Richardson, Yutaka Inagaki, Daisuke Sakai, Shannon M Buckley, Parthasarathy Seshacharyulu, Surinder K Batra, Mark A Behlke, Sarah A Zeiner, Ashley M Jacobi, Yayoi Izu, Wallace B Thoreson, Lisa D Urness, Suzanne L Mansour, Masato Ohtsuka, Channabasavaiah B Gurumurthy
BACKGROUND: Conditional knockout mice and transgenic mice expressing recombinases, reporters, and inducible transcriptional activators are key for many genetic studies and comprise over 90% of mouse models created. Conditional knockout mice are generated using labor-intensive methods of homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells and are available for only ~25% of all mouse genes. Transgenic mice generated by random genomic insertion approaches pose problems of unreliable expression, and thus there is a need for targeted-insertion models...
May 17, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498888/cardiomyocyte-specific-loss-of-mitochondrial-p32-c1qbp-causes-cardiomyopathy-and-activates-stress-responses
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Toshiro Saito, Takeshi Uchiumi, Mikako Yagi, Rie Amamoto, Daiki Setoyama, Yuichi Matsushima, Dongchon Kang
Aims: Mitochondria are important organelles, dedicated to energy production. Mitochondrial p32/C1qbp, which functions as an RNA and protein chaperone, interacts with mitochondrial mRNA and is indispensable for mitochondrial function through its regulation of mitochondrial translation in cultured cell lines. However, the precise role of p32/C1qbp in vivo is poorly understood because of embryonic lethality in the systemic p32-deficient mouse. The goal of this study was to examine the physiological function of mitochondrial p32/C1qbp in the heart...
May 11, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494939/cardiosphere-derived-cells-require-endoglin-for-paracrine-mediated-angiogenesis
#10
Rachael E Redgrave, Simon Tual-Chalot, Benjamin J Davison, Esha Singh, Darroch Hall, Muhammad M Amirrasouli, Derek Gilchrist, Alexander Medvinsky, Helen M Arthur
Clinical trials of stem cell therapy to treat ischemic heart disease primarily use heterogeneous stem cell populations. Small benefits occur via paracrine mechanisms that include stimulating angiogenesis, and increased understanding of these mechanisms would help to improve patient outcomes. Cardiosphere-derived-cells (CDCs) are an example of these heterogeneous stem cell populations, cultured from cardiac tissue. CDCs express endoglin, a co-receptor that binds specific transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) family ligands, including bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9)...
May 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469183/coaxial-3d-bioprinting-of-self-assembled-multicellular-heterogeneous-tumor-fibers
#11
Xingliang Dai, Libiao Liu, Jia Ouyang, Xinda Li, Xinzhi Zhang, Qing Lan, Tao Xu
Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting of living structures with cell-laden biomaterials has been achieved in vitro, however, some cell-cell interactions are limited by the existing hydrogel. To better mimic tumor microenvironment, self-assembled multicellular heterogeneous brain tumor fibers have been fabricated by a custom-made coaxial extrusion 3D bioprinting system, with high viability, proliferative activity and efficient tumor-stromal interactions. Therein, in order to further verify the sufficient interactions between tumor cells and stroma MSCs, CRE-LOXP switch gene system which contained GSCs transfected with "LOXP-STOP-LOXP-RFP" genes and MSCs transfected with "CRE recombinase" gene was used...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462074/hypothalamic-growth-hormone-receptor-ghr-%C3%A2-controls-hepatic-glucose-production-in-nutrient-sensing-leptin-receptor-leprb-expressing-neurons
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Gillian Cady, Taylor Landeryou, Michael Garratt, John J Kopchick, Nathan Qi, David Garcia-Galiano, Carol F Elias, Martin G Myers, Richard A Miller, Darleen A Sandoval, Marianna Sadagurski
OBJECTIVE: The GH/IGF-1 axis has important roles in growth and metabolism. GH and GH receptor (GHR) are active in the central nervous system (CNS) and are crucial in regulating several aspects of metabolism. In the hypothalamus, there is a high abundance of GH-responsive cells, but the role of GH signaling in hypothalamic neurons is unknown. Previous work has demonstrated that the Ghr gene is highly expressed in LepRb neurons. Given that leptin is a key regulator of energy balance by acting on leptin receptor (LepRb)-expressing neurons, we tested the hypothesis that LepRb neurons represent an important site for GHR signaling to control body homeostasis...
May 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449847/loss-of-wdfy3-ameliorates-severity-of-serum-transfer-induced-arthritis-independently-of-autophagy
#13
Dennis J Wu, Iannis E Adamopoulos
WDFY3 is a master regulator of selective autophagy that we recently showed to interact with TRAF6 and augment RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis in vitro and in vivo via the NF-κB pathway. Since the NF-κB pathway plays a major role in inflammation herein, we investigate the role of WDFY3 in an arthritis animal model. Our data show that WDFY3 conditional knockout mice (Wdfy3(loxP/loxP)-LysM-Cre+) were protected in the K/BxN serum transfer-induced arthritis animal model. These effects were independent of alterations in starvation-induced autophagy as evidenced by Western blot analysis of the autophagy marker LC3, autophagosome formation in osteoclast precursors and lysosome formation in osteoclasts derived from WDFY3-cKO mice compared to controls...
June 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446024/enhanced-vector-design-for-cancer-gene-therapy-with-hierarchical-enhancement-of-therapeutic-transgene-expression
#14
Maria B Kostina, Alexader V Sass, Elena A Stukacheva, Igor V Korobko, Eugeny D Sverdlov
A set of vectors for Cre recombinase-dependent expression of hybrid suicidal FCU1 transgene was constructed which included two-plasmid system where FCU1 and Cre transgenes reside in separate vectors, and single-plasmid variants when a single plasmid bears both transgenes. To improve safety profile and specificity in cancer gene therapy applications, as well as to assure stable propagation of plasmids in bacterial cells, Cre/LoxP system components were optimized. Bicistronic vector with Cre expression cassette placed between LoxP sites unidirectionally with FCU1 cDNA resulted in higher therapeutic efficiency compared to double-plasmid system in enzyme-prodrug suicide cancer gene therapy scheme...
April 27, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433771/a-versatile-tumor-gene-deletion-system-reveals-a-crucial-role-for-fgfr1-in-breast-cancer-metastasis
#15
Wei Wang, Yanling Meng, Bingning Dong, Jie Dong, Michael M Ittmann, Chad J Creighton, Yang Lu, Hong Zhang, Tao Shen, Jianghua Wang, David R Rowley, Yi Li, Fengju Chen, David D Moore, Feng Yang
RCAS avian viruses have been used to deliver oncogene expression and induce tumors in transgenic mice expressing the virus receptor TVA. Here we report the generation and characterization of a novel RCAS-Cre-IRES-PyMT (RCI-PyMT) virus designed to specifically knockout genes of interest in tumors generated in appropriate mutant mouse hosts. FGF receptor 1 (FGFR1) is a gene that is amplified in human breast cancer, but there have been no definitive studies on its function in mammary tumorigenesis, progression, and metastasis in vivo in spontaneous tumors in mice...
May 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420716/a-men1-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumour-mouse-model-under-temporal-control
#16
Kate E Lines, Roeland P Vas Nunes, Morten Frost, Christopher J Yates, Mark Stevenson, Rajesh Thakker
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterised by occurrence of parathyroid tumours, and neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) of the pancreatic islets and anterior pituitary. The MEN1 gene, encoding menin, is a tumour suppressor, but its precise role in initiating in vivo tumourigenesis remains to be elucidated. The availability of a temporally controlled conditional MEN1 mouse model would greatly facilitate the study of such early tumourigenic events, and overcome the limitations of other MEN1 knockout models, in which menin is lost from conception, or tumour development occurs asynchronously...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416649/optic-nerve-astrocyte-reactivity-protects-function-in-experimental-glaucoma-and-other-nerve-injuries
#17
Daniel Sun, Sara Moore, Tatjana C Jakobs
Reactive remodeling of optic nerve head astrocytes is consistently observed in glaucoma and other optic nerve injuries. However, it is unknown whether this reactivity is beneficial or harmful for visual function. In this study, we used the Cre recombinase (Cre)-loxP system under regulation of the mouse glial fibrillary acidic protein promoter to knock out the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) from astrocytes and test the effect this has on reactive remodeling, ganglion cell survival, and visual function after experimental glaucoma and nerve crush...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407687/cytokeratin-19-promoter-directs-the-expression-of-cre-recombinase-in-various-epithelia-of-transgenic-mice
#18
Gui-Feng Zhao, Shuang Zhao, Jia-Jie Liu, Ji-Cheng Wu, Hao-Yu He, Xiao-Qing Ding, Xue-Wen Yu, Ke-Qiang Huang, Zhi-Jie Li, Hua-Chuan Zheng
Cytokeratin 19 (K19) is expressed in various differentiated cells, including gastric, intestinal and bronchial epithelial cells, and liver duct cells. Here, we generated a transgenic mouse line, K19-Cre, in which the expression of Cre recombinase was controlled by the promoter of K19. To test the tissue distribution and excision activity of Cre recombinase, K19-Cre transgenic mice were bred with Rosa26 reporter strain and a mouse strain that carries PTEN conditional alleles (PTENLoxp/Loxp). At mRNA level, Cre was strongly expressed in the stomach, lung and intestine, while in stomach, lung, and liver at protein level...
March 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401685/characterization-of-new-bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-2-regulatory-alleles
#19
Tapan A Shah, Youhua Zhu, Nadia N Shaikh, Marie A Harris, Stephen E Harris, Melissa B Rogers
Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2, HGNC:1069, GeneID: 650) is a classical morphogen; a molecule that acts at a distance and whose concentration influences cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Key events requiring precise Bmp2 regulation include heart specification and morphogenesis and neural development. In mesenchymal cells, the concentration of BMP2 influences myogenesis, adipogenesis, chondrogenesis, and osteogenesis. Because the amount, timing, and location of BMP2 synthesis influence pattern formation and organogenesis, the mechanisms that regulate Bmp2 are crucial...
April 12, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401157/engineering-of-systematic-elimination-of-a-targeted-chromosome-in-human-cells
#20
Hiroshi Sato, Hiroki Kato, Haruyoshi Yamaza, Keiji Masuda, Huong Thi Nguyen Nguyen, Thanh Thi Mai Pham, Xu Han, Yuta Hirofuji, Kazuaki Nonaka
Embryonic trisomy leads to abortion or congenital genetic disorders in humans. The most common autosomal chromosome abnormalities are trisomy of chromosomes 13, 18, and 21. Although alteration of gene dosage is thought to contribute to disorders caused by extra copies of chromosomes, genes associated with specific disease phenotypes remain unclear. To generate a normal cell from a trisomic cell as a means of etiological analysis or candidate therapy for trisomy syndromes, we developed a system to eliminate a targeted chromosome from human cells...
2017: BioMed Research International
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