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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723575/crispr-mediated-integration-of-large-gene-cassettes-using-aav-donor-vectors
#1
Rasmus O Bak, Matthew H Porteus
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has recently been shown to facilitate high levels of precise genome editing using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to serve as donor template DNA during homologous recombination (HR). However, the maximum AAV packaging capacity of ∼4.5 kb limits the donor size. Here, we overcome this constraint by showing that two co-transduced AAV vectors can serve as donors during consecutive HR events for the integration of large transgenes. Importantly, the method involves a single-step procedure applicable to primary cells with relevance to therapeutic genome editing...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720717/sting-is-an-essential-mediator-of-the-ku70-mediated-production-of-ifn-%C3%AE-1-in-response-to-exogenous-dna
#2
Hongyan Sui, Ming Zhou, Hiromi Imamichi, Xiaoli Jiao, Brad T Sherman, H Clifford Lane, Tomozumi Imamichi
We previously identified Ku70, a subunit of a DNA repair protein complex, as a cytosolic DNA sensor that induces the production of interferon-λ1 (IFN-λ1) by human primary cells and cell lines. IFN-λ1 is a type III IFN and has similar antiviral activity to that of the type I IFNs (IFN-α and IFN-β). We observed that human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293T cells, which are deficient in the innate immune adaptor protein STING (stimulator of IFN genes), did not produce IFN-λ1 in response to DNA unless they were reconstituted with STING...
July 18, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705897/cas9-mediated-excision-of-nematostella-brachyury-disrupts-endoderm-development-pharynx-formation-and-oral-aboral-patterning
#3
Marc D Servetnick, Bailey Steinworth, Leslie S Babonis, David Simmons, Miguel Salinas-Saavedra, Mark Q Martindale
The mesoderm was a key novelty in animal evolution, though we understand little of how mesoderm arose. brachyury, the founding member of the T-box gene family, is a key gene in chordate mesoderm development. However, the brachyury gene was present in the common ancestor of fungi and animals, long before mesoderm appeared. To explore ancestral roles of brachyury prior to the evolution of definitive mesoderm, we excised the gene using CRISPR/Cas9 in the diploblastic cnidarian Nematostella vectensisNvbrachyury is normally expressed in precursors of the pharynx, which separates endoderm from ectoderm...
July 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690878/the-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-caldag-gefi-fine-tunes-functional-properties-of-regulatory-t-cells
#4
Jana Niemz, Stefanie Kliche, Marina C Pils, Eliot Morrison, Annika Manns, Christian Freund, Jill R Crittenden, Ann M Graybiel, Melanie Galla, Lothar Jänsch, Jochen Huehn
Using quantitative phosphopeptide sequencing of unstimulated versus stimulated primary murine Foxp3(+) regulatory and Foxp3(-) conventional T cells (Tregs and Tconv, respectively), we detected a novel and differentially regulated tyrosine phosphorylation site within the C1 domain of the guanine-nucleotide exchange factor CalDAG GEFI. We hypothesized that the Treg-specific and activation-dependent reduced phosphorylation at Y523 allows binding of CalDAG GEFI to diacylglycerol, thereby impacting the formation of a Treg-specific immunological synapse...
June 2017: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683826/identification-and-characterization-of-a-foxa2-regulated-transcriptional-enhancer-at-a-type-2-diabetes-intronic-locus-that-controls-gckr-expression-in-liver-cells
#5
Maykel López Rodríguez, Dorota Kaminska, Kati Lappalainen, Jussi Pihlajamäki, Minna U Kaikkonen, Markku Laakso
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified more than 100 genetic loci associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, the underlying biological mechanisms for many of these associations remain unknown. GWAS signals close to the glucokinase regulatory protein gene (GCKR) have been reported for lipid and glucose metabolism traits and the risk of T2D. We investigated the regulatory function of an intronic locus at GCKR represented by the lead single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs780094...
July 6, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599597/simultaneous-knockout-of-cxcr4-and-ccr5-genes-in-cd4-t-cells-via-crispr-cas9-confers-resistance-to-both-x4-and-r5-tropic-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-infection
#6
Songlin Yu, Yongchao Yao, Hongkui Xiao, Jiaojiao Li, Quan Liu, Yijun Yang, Dickson Adah, Junnan Lu, Siting Zhao, Li Qin, Xiaoping Chen
Previous research has proven that disruption of either the CCR5 or the CXCR4 gene confers resistance to R5-tropic or X4-tropic human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection, respectively. However, the urgent need to ablate both of the co-receptors in individual post-thymic CD4+ T cells for dual protection remains. This study ablated the CCR5 and CXCR4 genes in human CD4+ cell lines and primary CD4+ T cells simultaneously using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9, a well-developed, highly efficient genetic engineering tool...
June 9, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572162/crispr-cas9-induced-t-11-19-mll-enl-translocations-initiate-leukemia-in-human-hematopoietic-progenitor-cells-in-vivo
#7
Jana Reimer, Sabine Knoess, Maurice Labuhn, Emmanuelle M Charpentier, Gudrun Göhring, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Jan-Henning Klusmann, Dirk Heckl
Chromosomal translocations generating oncogenic fusion proteins are causative for most pediatric leukemias and frequently affect the MLL/KMT2A gene. In vivo modeling of bona fide chromosomal translocations in human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) is challenging but essential to determine their actual leukemogenic potential. We therefore developed an advanced lentiviral CRISPR-Cas9 vector that efficiently transduced human CD34+-HSPCs and induced the t(11;19)/MLL-ENL translocation. Leveraging this system we could demonstrate that HSPCs harboring the translocation showed only a transient clonal growth advantage in vitro...
June 1, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536942/lrrc25-plays-a-key-role-in-all-trans-retinoic-acid-induced-granulocytic-differentiation-as-a-novel-potential-leukocyte-differentiation-antigen
#8
Weili Liu, Ting Li, Pingzhang Wang, Wanchang Liu, Fujun Liu, Xiaoning Mo, Zhengyang Liu, Quansheng Song, Ping Lv, Guorui Ruan, Wenling Han
Leukocyte differentiation antigens (LDAs) play important roles in the immune system, by serving as surface markers and participating in multiple biological activities, such as recognizing pathogens, mediating membrane signals, interacting with other cells or systems, and regulating cell differentiation and activation. Data mining is a powerful tool used to identify novel LDAs from whole genome. LRRC25 (leucine rich repeat-containing 25) was predicted to have a role in the function of myeloid cells by a large-scale "omics" data analysis...
May 23, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503202/stabilization-of-foxp3-expression-by-crispr-dcas9-based-epigenome-editing-in-mouse-primary-t-cells
#9
Masahiro Okada, Mitsuhiro Kanamori, Kazue Someya, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Akihiko Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: Epigenome editing is expected to manipulate transcription and cell fates and to elucidate the gene expression mechanisms in various cell types. For functional epigenome editing, assessing the chromatin context-dependent activity of artificial epigenetic modifier is required. RESULTS: In this study, we applied clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-dCas9-based epigenome editing to mouse primary T cells, focusing on the Forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) gene locus, a master transcription factor of regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344889/loss-of-tapasin-in-human-lung-and-colon-cancer-cells-and-escape-from-tumor-associated-antigen-specific-ctl-recognition
#10
Yosuke Shionoya, Takayuki Kanaseki, Sho Miyamoto, Serina Tokita, Ayumi Hongo, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Vitaly Kochin, Kazue Watanabe, Ryota Horibe, Hiroshi Saijo, Tomohide Tsukahara, Yoshihiko Hirohashi, Hiroki Takahashi, Noriyuki Sato, Toshihiko Torigoe
Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) lyse target cells after recognizing the complexes of peptides and MHC class I molecules (pMHC I) on cell surfaces. Tapasin is an essential component of the peptide-loading complex (PLC) and its absence influences the surface repertoire of MHC class I peptides. In the present study, we assessed tapasin expression in 85 primary tumor lesions of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, demonstrating that tapasin expression positively correlated with patient survival. CD8(+) T-cell infiltration of tumor lesions was synergistically observed with tapasin expression and correlated positively with survival...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246360/multiple-histone-lysine-methyltransferases-are-required-for-the-establishment-and-maintenance-of-hiv-1-latency
#11
Kien Nguyen, Biswajit Das, Curtis Dobrowolski, Jonathan Karn
We showed previously that the histone lysine methyltransferase (HKMT) H3K27me3 (EZH2) is the catalytic subunit of Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) and is required for the maintenance of HIV-1 latency in Jurkat T cells. Here we show, by using chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments, that both PRC2 and euchromatic histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2 (EHMT2), the G9a H3K9me2-3 methyltransferase, are highly enriched at the proviral 5' long terminal repeat (LTR) and rapidly displaced upon proviral reactivation...
February 28, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152074/multiple-ubxn-family-members-inhibit-retrovirus-and-lentivirus-production-and-canonical-nf%C3%AE%C2%BA%C3%AE-signaling-by-stabilizing-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb%C3%AE
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Yani Hu, Kaitlin O'Boyle, Jim Auer, Sagar Raju, Fuping You, Penghua Wang, Erol Fikrig, Richard E Sutton
UBXN proteins likely participate in the global regulation of protein turnover, and we have shown that UBXN1 interferes with RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) signaling by interacting with MAVS and impeding its downstream effector functions. Here we demonstrate that over-expression of multiple UBXN family members decreased lentivirus and retrovirus production by several orders-of-magnitude in single cycle assays, at the level of long terminal repeat-driven transcription, and three family members, UBXN1, N9, and N11 blocked the canonical NFκB pathway by binding to Cullin1 (Cul1), inhibiting IκBα degradation...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110021/the-application-of-crispr-technology-to-high-content-screening-in-primary-neurons
#13
Ben L Callif, Brian Maunze, Nick L Krueger, Matthew T Simpson, Murray G Blackmore
Axon growth is coordinated by multiple interacting proteins that remain incompletely characterized. High content screening (HCS), in which manipulation of candidate genes is combined with rapid image analysis of phenotypic effects, has emerged as a powerful technique to identify key regulators of axon outgrowth. Here we explore the utility of a genome editing approach referred to as CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspersed Palindromic Repeats) for knockout screening in primary neurons. In the CRISPR approach a DNA-cleaving Cas enzyme is guided to genomic target sequences by user-created guide RNA (sgRNA), where it initiates a double-stranded break that ultimately results in frameshift mutation and loss of protein production...
April 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102301/corrigendum-crispr-cas9-mediated-efficient-pd-1-disruption-on-human-primary-t-cells-from-cancer-patients
#14
Shu Su, Bian Hu, Jie Shao, Bin Shen, Juan Du, Yinan Du, Jiankui Zhou, Lixia Yu, Lianru Zhang, Fangjun Chen, Huizi Sha, Lei Cheng, Fanyan Meng, Zhengyun Zou, Xingxu Huang, Baorui Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025172/crispr-cas9-system-mediated-impairment-of-synaptobrevin-vamp-function-in-postmitotic-hippocampal-neurons
#15
Patricia M Horvath, Ege T Kavalali, Lisa M Monteggia
BACKGROUND: The use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system is becoming widespread, however current studies have predominantly focused on dividing cells. It is currently unknown if CRISPR/Cas9 can be used in a postmitotic setting to examine non-cell autonomous/presynaptic phenotypes in the resulting genetically heterogeneous cell population. NEW METHOD: A single CRISPR/Cas9 lentivirus was used to transfect a high percentage of primary cultured neurons and target synaptobrevin 2 (Syb2, also called VAMP2)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992415/a-genome-wide-crispr-screen-identifies-a-restricted-set-of-hiv-host-dependency-factors
#16
Ryan J Park, Tim Wang, Dylan Koundakjian, Judd F Hultquist, Pedro Lamothe-Molina, Blandine Monel, Kathrin Schumann, Haiyan Yu, Kevin M Krupzcak, Wilfredo Garcia-Beltran, Alicja Piechocka-Trocha, Nevan J Krogan, Alexander Marson, David M Sabatini, Eric S Lander, Nir Hacohen, Bruce D Walker
Host proteins are essential for HIV entry and replication and can be important nonviral therapeutic targets. Large-scale RNA interference (RNAi)-based screens have identified nearly a thousand candidate host factors, but there is little agreement among studies and few factors have been validated. Here we demonstrate that a genome-wide CRISPR-based screen identifies host factors in a physiologically relevant cell system. We identify five factors, including the HIV co-receptors CD4 and CCR5, that are required for HIV infection yet are dispensable for cellular proliferation and viability...
February 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889530/identification-of-proximal-biomarkers-of-pkc-agonism-and-evaluation-of-their-role-in-hiv-reactivation
#17
Sai Vikram Vemula, Jill W Maxwell, Alexey Nefedov, Bang-Lin Wan, Justin Steve, William Newhard, Rosa I Sanchez, David Tellers, Richard J Barnard, Wade Blair, Daria Hazuda, Andrea L Webber, Bonnie J Howell
DESIGN: The HIV latent CD4(+) T cell reservoir is broadly recognized as a barrier to HIV cure. Induction of HIV expression using protein kinase C (PKC) agonists is one approach under investigation for reactivation of latently infected CD4(+) T cells (Beans et al., 2013; Abreu et al., 2014; Jiang et al., 2014; Jiang and Dandekar, 2015). We proposed that an increased understanding of the molecular mechanisms of action of PKC agonists was necessary to inform on biological signaling and pharmacodynamic biomarkers...
November 23, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883055/gapmer-cellular-internalization-by-macropinocytosis-induces-sequence-specific-gene-silencing-in-human-primary-t-cells
#18
Mobashar Hussain Urf Turabe Fazil, Seow Theng Ong, Madhavi Latha Somaraju Chalasani, Jian Hui Low, Atish Kizhakeyil, Akshay Mamidi, Carey Fang Hui Lim, Graham D Wright, Rajamani Lakshminarayanan, Dermot Kelleher, Navin Kumar Verma
Post-transcriptional gene silencing holds great promise in discovery research for addressing intricate biological questions and as therapeutics. While various gene silencing approaches, such as siRNA and CRISPR-Cas9 techniques, are available, these cannot be effectively applied to "hard-to-transfect" primary T-lymphocytes. The locked nucleic acid-conjugated chimeric antisense oligonucleotide, called "GapmeR", is an emerging new class of gene silencing molecule. Here, we show that GapmeR internalizes into human primary T-cells through macropinocytosis...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803388/viral-vectors-the-road-to-reducing-genotoxicity
#19
Rhiannon M David, Ann T Doherty
Viral vector use in gene therapy has highlighted several safety concerns, including genotoxic events. Generally, vector-mediated genotoxicity results from upregulation of cellular proto-oncogenes via promoter insertion, promoter activation, or gene transcript truncation, with enhancer-mediated activation of nearby genes the primary mechanism reported in gene therapy trials. Vector-mediated genotoxicity can be influenced by virus type, integration target site, and target cell type; different vectors have distinct integration profiles which are cell-specific...
November 1, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783955/a-cas9-ribonucleoprotein-platform-for-functional-genetic-studies-of-hiv-host-interactions-in-primary-human-t-cells
#20
Judd F Hultquist, Kathrin Schumann, Jonathan M Woo, Lara Manganaro, Michael J McGregor, Jennifer Doudna, Viviana Simon, Nevan J Krogan, Alexander Marson
New genetic tools are needed to understand the functional interactions between HIV and human host factors in primary cells. We recently developed a method to edit the genome of primary CD4(+) T cells by electroporation of CRISPR/Cas9 ribonucleoproteins (RNPs). Here, we adapted this methodology to a high-throughput platform for the efficient, arrayed editing of candidate host factors. CXCR4 or CCR5 knockout cells generated with this method are resistant to HIV infection in a tropism-dependent manner, whereas knockout of LEDGF or TNPO3 results in a tropism-independent reduction in infection...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
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