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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330493/development-of-versatile-non-homologous-end-joining-based-knock-in-module-for-genome-editing
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Shun Sawatsubashi, Yudai Joko, Seiji Fukumoto, Toshio Matsumoto, Shigeo S Sugano
CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing has dramatically accelerated genome engineering. An important aspect of genome engineering is efficient knock-in technology. For improved knock-in efficiency, the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair pathway has been used over the homology-dependent repair pathway, but there remains a need to reduce the complexity of the preparation of donor vectors. We developed the versatile NHEJ-based knock-in module for genome editing (VIKING). Using the consensus sequence of the time-honored pUC vector to cut donor vectors, any vector with a pUC backbone could be used as the donor vector without customization...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327130/main-steps-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair-an-introduction-to-homologous-recombination-and-related-processes
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Lepakshi Ranjha, Sean M Howard, Petr Cejka
DNA double-strand breaks arise accidentally upon exposure of DNA to radiation and chemicals or result from faulty DNA metabolic processes. DNA breaks can also be introduced in a programmed manner, such as during the maturation of the immune system, meiosis, or cancer chemo- or radiotherapy. Cells have developed a variety of repair pathways, which are fine-tuned to the specific needs of a cell. Accordingly, vegetative cells employ mechanisms that restore the integrity of broken DNA with the highest efficiency at the lowest cost of mutagenesis...
January 11, 2018: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325827/efficient-oligo-nucleotide-mediated-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-in-aspergilli
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Christina S Nødvig, Jakob B Hoof, Martin E Kogle, Zofia D Jarczynska, Jan Lehmbeck, Dorte K Klitgaard, Uffe H Mortensen
CRISPR-Cas9 technologies are revolutionizing fungal gene editing. Here we show that survival of specific Cas9/sgRNA mediated DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) depends on the non-homologous end-joining, NHEJ, DNA repair pathway and we use this observation to develop a tool to assess protospacer efficiency in Aspergillus nidulans. Moreover, we show that in NHEJ deficient strains, highly efficient marker-free gene targeting can be performed. Indeed, we show that even single-stranded oligo nucleotides efficiently works as repair templates of specific Cas9/sgRNA induced DNA DSBs in A...
January 8, 2018: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323173/electroporation-of-mice-zygotes-with-dual-guide-rna-cas9-complexes-for-simple-and-efficient-cloning-free-genome-editing
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Marie Teixeira, Bénédicte F Py, Christophe Bosc, Daphné Laubreton, Marie-Jo Moutin, Jacqueline Marvel, Frédéric Flamant, Suzy Markossian
In this report, we present an improved protocol for CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in mice. The procedure consists in the electroporation of intact mouse zygotes with ribonucleoprotein complexes prepared in vitro from recombinant Cas9 nuclease and synthetic dual guide RNA. This simple cloning-free method proves to be extremely efficient for the generation of indels and small deletions by non-homologous end joining, and for the generation of specific point mutations by homology-directed repair. The procedure, which avoids DNA construction, in vitro transcription and oocyte microinjection, greatly simplifies genome editing in mice...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320576/targeting-dna-repair-with-pnkp-inhibition-sensitizes-radioresistant-prostate-cancer-cells-to-high-let-radiation
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Pallavi Srivastava, Asitikantha Sarma, Chandra Mohini Chaturvedi
High linear energy transfer (LET) radiation or heavy ion such as carbon ion radiation is used as a method for advanced radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer. It has many advantages over the conventional photon based radiotherapy using Co-60 gamma or high energy X-rays from a Linear Accelerator. However, charged particle therapy is very costly. One way to reduce the cost as well as irradiation effects on normal cells is to reduce the dose of radiation by enhancing the radiation sensitivity through the use of a radiomodulator...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298990/gsk3%C3%AE-negatively-regulates-trax-a-scaffold-protein-implicated-in-mental-disorders-for-nhej-mediated-dna-repair-in-neurons
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Ting Chien, Yu-Ting Weng, Shu-Yung Chang, Hsing-Lin Lai, Feng-Lan Chiu, Hung-Chih Kuo, De-Maw Chuang, Yijuang Chern
Translin-associated protein X (TRAX) is a scaffold protein with various functions and has been associated with mental illnesses, including schizophrenia. We have previously demonstrated that TRAX interacts with a Gsα protein-coupled receptor, the A2A adenosine receptor (A2AR), and mediates the function of this receptor in neuritogenesis. In addition, stimulation of the A2AR markedly ameliorates DNA damage evoked by elevated oxidative stress in neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Here, we report that glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK3β) and disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) are two novel interacting proteins of TRAX...
January 3, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297312/generation-of-megabase-scale-deletions-inversions-and-duplications-involving-the-contactin-6-gene-in-mice-by-crispr-cas9-technology
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Alexei N Korablev, Irina A Serova, Oleg L Serov
BACKGROUND: Copy Number Variation (CNV) of the human CNTN6 gene (encoding the contactin-6 protein), caused by deletions or duplications, is responsible for severe neurodevelopmental impairments, often in combination with facial dysmorphias. Conversely, deleterious point mutations of this gene do not show any clinical phenotypes. The aim of this study is to generate mice carrying large deletions, duplications and inversions involving the Cntn6 gene as a new experimental model to study CNV of the human CNTN6 locus...
December 28, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287110/the-role-of-host-dna-ligases-in-hepadnavirus-covalently-closed-circular-dna-formation
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Quanxin Long, Ran Yan, Jieli Hu, Dawei Cai, Bidisha Mitra, Elena S Kim, Alexander Marchetti, Hu Zhang, Soujuan Wang, Yuanjie Liu, Ailong Huang, Haitao Guo
Hepadnavirus covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA is the bona fide viral transcription template, which plays a pivotal role in viral infection and persistence. Upon infection, the non-replicative cccDNA is converted from the incoming and de novo synthesized viral genomic relaxed circular (rc) DNA, presumably through employment of the host cell's DNA repair mechanisms in the nucleus. The conversion of rcDNA into cccDNA requires preparation of the extremities at the nick/gap regions of rcDNA for strand ligation...
December 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282022/chromosomal-instability-induced-by-increased-birc5-survivin-levels-affects-tumorigenicity-of-glioma-cells
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Marina Conde, Susanne Michen, Ralf Wiedemuth, Barbara Klink, Evelin Schröck, Gabriele Schackert, Achim Temme
BACKGROUND: Survivin, belonging to the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) gene family, is abundantly expressed in tumors. It has been hypothesized that Survivin facilitates carcinogenesis by inhibition of apoptosis resulting in improved survival of tumorigenic progeny. Additionally, Survivin plays an essential role during mitosis. Together with its molecular partners Aurora B, Borealin and inner centromere protein it secures bipolar chromosome segregation. However, whether increased Survivin levels contribute to progression of tumors by inducing chromosomal instability remains unclear...
December 28, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250325/modern-biotechnology-based-therapeutic-approaches-against-hiv-infection
#10
Muhammad Imran, Yasir Waheed, Ayesha Ghazal, Sajjad Ullah, Sher Zaman Safi, Muhsin Jamal, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Atif, Muhammad Imran, Farman Ullah
The causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since its discovery before 30 years, a number of drugs known as highly active antiretroviral therapy have been developed to suppress the life cycle of the virus at different stages. With the current therapeutic approaches, ending AIDS means providing treatment to 35 million individuals living with HIV for the rest of their lives or until a cure is developed. Additionally, therapy is associated with various other challenges such as potential of drug resistance, toxicity and presence of latent viral reservoir...
December 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237014/the-effect-of-stochasticity-on-repair-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-throughout-non-homologous-end-joining-pathway
#11
Fazeleh S Mohseni-Salehi, Fatemeh Zare-Mirakabad, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Mehdi Sadeghi
DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are the most lethal lesions of DNA induced by ionizing radiation, industrial chemicals and a wide variety of drugs used in chemotherapy. In the context of DNA damage response system modelling, uncertainty may arise in several ways such as number of induced DSBs, kinetic rates and measurement error in observable quantities. Therefore, using the stochastic approaches is imperative to gain further insight into the dynamic behaviour of DSBs repair process. In this article, a continuous-time Markov chain (CTMC) model of the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) mechanism is formulated according to the DSB complexity...
December 8, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234047/inhibition-of-nhej-repair-by-type-ii-a-crispr-cas-systems-in-bacteria
#12
Aude Bernheim, Alicia Calvo-Villamañán, Clovis Basier, Lun Cui, Eduardo P C Rocha, Marie Touchon, David Bikard
Type II CRISPR-Cas systems introduce double-strand breaks into DNA of invading genetic material and use DNA fragments to acquire novel spacers during adaptation. These breaks can be the substrate of several DNA repair pathways, paving the way for interactions. We report that non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) and type II-A CRISPR-Cas systems only co-occur once among 5563 fully sequenced prokaryotic genomes. We investigated experimentally the possible molecular interactions using the NHEJ pathway from Bacillus subtilis and the type II-A CRISPR-Cas systems from Streptococcus thermophilus and Streptococcus pyogenes...
December 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233925/a20-regulates-the-dna-damage-response-and-mediates-tumor-cell-resistance-to-dna-damaging-therapy
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Chuanzhen Yang, Weicheng Zang, Zefang Tang, Yapeng Ji, Ruidan Xu, Yongfeng Yang, Aiping Luo, Bin Hu, Zemin Zhang, Zhihua Liu, Xiaofeng Zheng
A competent DNA damage response (DDR) helps prevent cancer, but once cancer has arisen DDR can blunt the efficacy of chemotherapy and radiotherapy which cause lethal DNA breakage in cancer cells. Thus, blocking DDR may improve the efficacy of these modalities. Here we report a new DDR mechanism that interfaces with inflammatory signaling and might be blocked to improve anticancer outcomes. Specifically, we report that the ubiquitin-editing enzyme A20 binds and inhibits the E3 ubiquitin ligase RNF168, which is responsible for regulating histone H2A turnover critical for proper DNA repair...
December 12, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229926/cell-cycle-dependent-phosphorylation-regulates-recql4-pathway-choice-and-ubiquitination-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair
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Huiming Lu, Raghavendra A Shamanna, Jessica K de Freitas, Mustafa Okur, Prabhat Khadka, Tomasz Kulikowicz, Priscella P Holland, Jane Tian, Deborah L Croteau, Anthony J Davis, Vilhelm A Bohr
Pathway choice within DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair is a tightly regulated process to maintain genome integrity. RECQL4, deficient in Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome, promotes the two major DSB repair pathways, non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination (HR). Here we report that RECQL4 promotes and coordinates NHEJ and HR in different cell cycle phases. RECQL4 interacts with Ku70 to promote NHEJ in G1 when overall cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) activity is low. During S/G2 phases, CDK1 and CDK2 (CDK1/2) phosphorylate RECQL4 on serines 89 and 251, enhancing MRE11/RECQL4 interaction and RECQL4 recruitment to DSBs...
December 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228718/increased-single-strand-annealing-rather-than-non-homologous-end-joining-predicts-hereditary-ovarian-carcinoma
#15
Miriam Deniz, Tatiana Romashova, Sarah Kostezka, Anke Faul, Theresa Gundelach, Maria Moreno-Villanueva, Wolfgang Janni, Thomas W P Friedl, Lisa Wiesmüller
Mutations in genes encoding DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair components, especially homologous recombination (HR) proteins, were found to predispose to breast and ovarian cancer. Beyond high penetrance risk gene mutations underlying monogenic defects, low risk gene mutations generate polygenic defects, enlarging the fraction of individuals with a predisposing phenotype. DSB repair dysfunction opens new options for targeted therapies; poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors have been approved for BRCA-mutated and platinum-responsive ovarian cancers...
November 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223136/allele-exchange-at-the-epsps-locus-confers-glyphosate-tolerance-in-cassava
#16
Aaron W Hummel, Raj Deepika Chauhan, Tomas Cermak, Andrew M Mutka, Anupama Vijayaraghavan, Adam Boyher, Colby G Starker, Rebecca Bart, Daniel F Voytas, Nigel J Taylor
Effective weed control can protect yields of cassava (Manihot esculenta) storage roots (Doll and Piedrahita Cañola, 1978). Farmers could benefit from using herbicide with a tolerant cultivar. We applied traditional transgenesis and gene editing to generate robust glyphosate tolerance in cassava. By comparing promoters regulating expression of transformed 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) genes with various paired amino acid substitutions, we found that strong constitutive expression is required to achieve glyphosate tolerance during in vitro selection and in whole cassava plants...
December 9, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222170/imprecision-and-dna-break-repair-biased-towards-incompatible-end-joining-in-leukemia
#17
Franz Josef Gassner, Maria Schubert, Stefan Rebhandl, Karina Spandl, Nadja Zaborsky, Kemal Catakovic, Stephanie Blaimer, Daniel Hebenstreit, Richard Greil, Roland Geisberger
Cancer is a genetic disease caused by mutations and chromosomal abnormalities which contribute to uncontrolled cell growth. In addition, cancer cells can rapidly respond to conventional and targeted therapies by accumulating novel and often specific genetic lesions leading to acquired drug resistance and relapsing disease. In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), however, diverse chromosomal aberrations often occur. In many cases, improper repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) is a major source for genomic abnormalities...
December 8, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217771/rad52-is-required-for-rna-templated-recombination-repair-in-post-mitotic-neurons
#18
Starr Welty, Yaqun Teng, Zhuobin Liang, Weixing Zhao, Laurie Sanders, J Timothy Greenamyre, Maria Eulalia Rubio, Amantha Thathiah, Ravindra Kodali, Ronald Wetzel, Arthur S Levine, Li Lan
It has been long assumed that post-mitotic neurons only utilize the error-prone non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway to repair double strand breaks (DSBs) associated with oxidative damage to DNA, given the inability of non-replicating neuronal DNA to utilize a sister chromatid template in the less error-prone homologous recombination (HR) repair pathway. However, we and others recently have found that active transcription triggers a replication-independent recombinational repair mechanism in the G0/G1 phase of the cell cycle...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215093/two-large-deletions-extending-beyond-either-end-of-the-rhd-gene-and-their-red-cell-phenotypes
#19
Kshitij Srivastava, David Alan Stiles, Franz Friedrich Wagner, Willy Albert Flegel
Only two partial deletions longer than 655 nucleotides had been reported for the RHD gene, constrained within the gene and causing DEL phenotypes. Using a combination of quantitative PCR and long-range PCR, we examined three distinct deletions affecting parts of the RHD gene in three blood donors. Their RHD nucleotide sequences and exact boundaries of the breakpoint regions were determined. DEL phenotypes were caused by a novel 18.4 kb deletion and a previously published 5.4 kb deletion of the RHD gene; a D-negative phenotype was caused by a novel 7...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215009/the-end-joining-factor-ku-acts-in-the-end-resection-of-double-strand-break-free-arrested-replication-forks
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Ana Teixeira-Silva, Anissia Ait Saada, Julien Hardy, Ismail Iraqui, Marina Charlotte Nocente, Karine Fréon, Sarah A E Lambert
Replication requires homologous recombination (HR) to stabilize and restart terminally arrested forks. HR-mediated fork processing requires single stranded DNA (ssDNA) gaps and not necessarily double strand breaks. We used genetic and molecular assays to investigate fork-resection and restart at dysfunctional, unbroken forks in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Here, we report that fork-resection is a two-step process regulated by the non-homologous end joining factor Ku. An initial resection mediated by MRN-Ctp1 removes Ku from terminally arrested forks, generating ~110 bp sized gaps obligatory for subsequent Exo1-mediated long-range resection and replication restart...
December 7, 2017: Nature Communications
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