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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
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Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. Patients with NF1 commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by patients with NF1. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1 mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806273/the-changing-landscape-of-gene-editing-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells-a-step-towards-cas9-clinical-translation
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Daniel P Dever, Matthew H Porteus
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since the discovery two decades ago that programmable endonucleases can be engineered to modify human cells at single nucleotide resolution, the concept of genome editing was born. Now these technologies are being applied to therapeutically relevant cell types, including hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), which possess the power to repopulate an entire blood and immune system. The purpose of this review is to discuss the changing landscape of genome editing in hematopoietic stem cells (GE-HSC) from the discovery stage to the preclinical stage, with the imminent goal of clinical translation for the treatment of serious genetic diseases of the blood and immune system...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800585/comparative-pathogenomics-of-clostridium-tetani
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Jonathan E Cohen, Rong Wang, Rong-Fong Shen, Wells W Wu, James E Keller
Clostridium tetani and Clostridium botulinum produce two of the most potent neurotoxins known, tetanus neurotoxin and botulinum neurotoxin, respectively. Extensive biochemical and genetic investigation has been devoted to identifying and characterizing various C. botulinum strains. Less effort has been focused on studying C. tetani likely because recently sequenced strains of C. tetani show much less genetic diversity than C. botulinum strains and because widespread vaccination efforts have reduced the public health threat from tetanus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792876/nad-deficiency-congenital-malformations-and-niacin-supplementation
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Hongjun Shi, Annabelle Enriquez, Melissa Rapadas, Ella M M A Martin, Roni Wang, Julie Moreau, Chai K Lim, Justin O Szot, Eddie Ip, James N Hughes, Kotaro Sugimoto, David T Humphreys, Aideen M McInerney-Leo, Paul J Leo, Ghassan J Maghzal, Jake Halliday, Janine Smith, Alison Colley, Paul R Mark, Felicity Collins, David O Sillence, David S Winlaw, Joshua W K Ho, Gilles J Guillemin, Matthew A Brown, Kazu Kikuchi, Paul Q Thomas, Roland Stocker, Eleni Giannoulatou, Gavin Chapman, Emma L Duncan, Duncan B Sparrow, Sally L Dunwoodie
BACKGROUND: Congenital malformations can be manifested as combinations of phenotypes that co-occur more often than expected by chance. In many such cases, it has proved difficult to identify a genetic cause. We sought the genetic cause of cardiac, vertebral, and renal defects, among others, in unrelated patients. METHODS: We used genomic sequencing to identify potentially pathogenic gene variants in families in which a person had multiple congenital malformations...
August 10, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790199/in-vivo-genome-editing-restores-dystrophin-expression-and-cardiac-function-in-dystrophic-mice
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Mona El Refaey, Li Xu, Yandi Gao, Benjamin D Canan, Tm A Adesanya, Sarah C Warner, Keiko Akagi, David E Symer, Peter J Mohler, Jianjie Ma, Paul M Janssen, Renzhi Han
Rationale: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe inherited form of muscular dystrophy caused by mutations in the reading frame of the dystrophin gene disrupting its protein expression. Dystrophic cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of death in DMD patients and currently no effective treatment exists to halt its progression. Recent advancement in genome editing technologies offers a promising therapeutic approach in restoring dystrophin protein expression. However, the impact of this approach on DMD cardiac function has yet to be evaluated...
August 8, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783550/characterization-of-the-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats-sites-in-streptococcus-mutans-isolated-from-early-childhood-caries-patients
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Jing Chen, Tiancheng Li, Xuedong Zhou, Lei Cheng, Yuanyuan Huo, Jing Zou, Yuqing Li
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the characteristics of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) sites in 45 clinical Streptococcus mutans strains and their relationship to the clinical manifestations of early childhood caries (ECC). METHODS: Forty-five S. mutans strains were isolated from the plaque samples taken from sixty-three children. CRISPR sites were sequenced and BLAST was used to compare these sites to those in the CRISPRTarget database...
July 29, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782493/big-data-and-genome-editing-technology-a-new-paradigm-of-cardiovascular-genomics
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Chayakrit Krittanawong, Tao Sun, Eyal Herzog
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) encompasse a range of conditions extending from congenital heart disease to acute coronary syndrome most of which are heterogenous in nature and some of them are multiple genetic loci. However, the pathogenesis of most CVDs remains incompletely understood. The advance in genome-editing technologies, an engineering process of DNA sequences at precise genomic locations, has enabled a new paradigm that human genome can be precisely modified to achieve a therapeutic effect. Genome-editing includes the correction of genetic variants that cause disease, the addition of therapeutic genes to specific sites in the genomic locations, and the removal of deleterious genes or genome sequences...
August 4, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769116/the-reverse-transcriptases-associated-with-crispr-cas-systems
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Nicolás Toro, Francisco Martínez-Abarca, Alejandro González-Delgado
CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) and associated proteins (Cas) act as adaptive immune systems in bacteria and archaea. Some CRISPR-Cas systems have been found to be associated with putative reverse transcriptases (RT), and an RT-Cas1 fusion associated with a type III-B system has been shown to acquire RNA spacers in vivo. Nevertheless, the origin and evolutionary relationships of these RTs and associated CRISPR-Cas systems remain largely unknown. We performed a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of these RTs and associated Cas1 proteins, and classified their CRISPR-Cas modules...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768804/synergistic-action-of-the-mcl-1-inhibitor-s63845-with-current-therapies-in-preclinical-models-of-triple-negative-and-her2-amplified-breast-cancer
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Delphine Merino, James R Whittle, François Vaillant, Antonin Serrano, Jia-Nan Gong, Goknur Giner, Ana Leticia Maragno, Maïa Chanrion, Emilie Schneider, Bhupinder Pal, Xiang Li, Grant Dewson, Julius Gräsel, Kevin Liu, Najoua Lalaoui, David Segal, Marco J Herold, David C S Huang, Gordon K Smyth, Olivier Geneste, Guillaume Lessene, Jane E Visvader, Geoffrey J Lindeman
The development of BH3 mimetics, which antagonize prosurvival proteins of the BCL-2 family, represents a potential breakthrough in cancer therapy. Targeting the prosurvival member MCL-1 has been an area of intense interest because it is frequently deregulated in cancer. In breast cancer, MCL-1 is often amplified, and high expression predicts poor patient outcome. We tested the MCL-1 inhibitor S63845 in breast cancer cell lines and patient-derived xenografts with high expression of MCL-1. S63845 displayed synergistic activity with docetaxel in triple-negative breast cancer and with trastuzumab or lapatinib in HER2-amplified breast cancer...
August 2, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765632/efficient-increase-of-%C3%A9-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-content-in-tomato-fruits-by-targeted-mutagenesis
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Satoko Nonaka, Chikako Arai, Mariko Takayama, Chiaki Matsukura, Hiroshi Ezura
γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a non-proteinogenic amino acid that has hypotensive effects. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) is among the most widely cultivated and consumed vegetables in the world and contains higher levels of GABA than other major crops. Increasing these levels can further enhance the blood pressure-lowering function of tomato fruit. Glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) is a key enzyme in GABA biosynthesis; it has a C-terminal autoinhibitory domain that regulates enzymatic function, and deleting this domain increases GAD activity...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762506/towards-crispr-cas-crops-bringing-together-genomics-and-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Armin Scheben, Felix Wolter, Jacqueline Batley, Holger Puchta, David Edwards
I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. References SUMMARY: With the rapid increase in the global population and the impact of climate change on agriculture, there is a need for crops with higher yields and greater tolerance to abiotic stress. However, traditional crop improvement via genetic recombination or random mutagenesis is a laborious process and cannot keep pace with increasing crop demand. Genome editing technologies such as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein (CRISPR/Cas) allow targeted modification of almost any crop genome sequence to generate novel variation and accelerate breeding efforts...
August 1, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760348/crispr-cas-based-antiviral-strategies-against-hiv-1
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REVIEW
Gang Wang, Na Zhao, Ben Berkhout, Atze T Das
In bacteria and archaea, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and associated proteins (Cas) confer adaptive immunity against exogenous DNA elements. This CRISPR-Cas system has been turned into an effective tool for editing of eukaryotic DNA genomes. Pathogenic viruses that have a double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) genome or that replicate through a dsDNA intermediate can also be targeted with this DNA editing tool. Here, we review how CRISPR-Cas was used in novel therapeutic approaches against the human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1), focusing on approaches that aim to permanently inactivate all virus genomes or to prevent viral persistence in latent reservoirs...
July 28, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757883/emerging-ethical-perspectives-in-the-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats-genome-editing-debate
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REVIEW
Silvia Camporesi, Giulia Cavaliere
This paper provides an overview of the ethical issues in the international clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) genome editing debate from March 2015 to September 2016. We present the regulatory framework for embryo research in the UK, and explain why CRISPR is not a significant break with the past. We discuss the ethical issues arising from CRISPR applications beyond human embryos, namely the use of gene drive-engineered mosquitoes to eradicate diseases, engineering nonhuman animals to harvest organs for human transplant and engineering crops...
November 2016: Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757882/desktop-genetics
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EDITORIAL
Soren H Hough, Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi, Leigh Brody, Neil Humphryes-Kirilov, Edward Perello
Desktop Genetics is a bioinformatics company building a gene-editing platform for personalized medicine. The company works with scientists around the world to design and execute state-of-the-art clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) experiments. Desktop Genetics feeds the lessons learned about experimental intent, single-guide RNA design and data from international genomics projects into a novel CRISPR artificial intelligence system. We believe that machine learning techniques can transform this information into a cognitive therapeutic development tool that will revolutionize medicine...
November 2016: Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757433/technical-considerations-for-the-use-of-crispr-cas9-in-hematology-research
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REVIEW
Michael C Gundry, Daniel P Dever, David Yudovich, Daniel E Bauer, Simon Haas, Adam C Wilkinson, Sofie Singbrant
The hematopoietic system is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients, fighting infections, and repairing tissue damage. Hematopoietic system dysfunction therefore causes a range of serious health consequences. Lifelong hematopoiesis is maintained by repopulating multipotent hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that replenish shorter-lived, mature blood cell types. A prokaryotic mechanism of immunity, the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 nuclease system, has recently been "repurposed" to efficiently mutate mammalian genomes in a sequence-specific manner...
July 27, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753233/knockout-of-a-p-glycoprotein-gene-increases-susceptibility-to-abamectin-and-emamectin-benzoate-in-spodoptera-exigua
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Y-Y Zuo, J-L Huang, J Wang, Y Feng, T-T Han, Y-D Wu, Y-H Yang
P-glycoprotein [P-gp or the ATP-binding cassette transporter B1 (ABCB1)] is an important participant in multidrug resistance of cancer cells, yet the precise function of this arthropod transporter is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the importance of P-gp for susceptibility to insecticides in the beet armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) gene-editing technology. We cloned an open reading frame (ORF) encoding the S...
July 28, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751571/in-vivo-base-editing-of-pcsk9-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-as-a-therapeutic-alternative-to-genome-editing
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Alexandra C Chadwick, Xiao Wang, Kiran Musunuru
OBJECTIVE: High-efficiency genome editing to disrupt therapeutic target genes, such as PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9), has been demonstrated in preclinical animal models, but there are safety concerns because of the unpredictable nature of cellular repair of double-strand breaks, as well as off-target mutagenesis. Moreover, precise knock-in of specific nucleotide changes-whether to introduce or to correct gene mutations-has proven to be inefficient in nonproliferating cells in vivo...
July 27, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743818/aid-ing-signaling-in-toxoplasma-gondii
#18
Kami Kim
The cyclic GMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) of apicomplexan parasites is essential for secretion of micronemes and host cell invasion and egress. Both kinase specificity and localization can determine which substrates are phosphorylated. The functions of plasma membrane and cytosolic PKG isoforms of Toxoplasma gondii were unknown because of difficulties precisely manipulating expression of essential genes. Brown et al. (K. M. Brown, S. Long, and L. D. Sibley, mBio 8:e00375-17, https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio...
July 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742008/development-of-a-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-tool-in-streptomyces-rimosus
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Haiyan Jia, Longmei Zhang, Tongtong Wang, Jin Han, Hui Tang, Liping Zhang
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, associated proteins (CRISPR/Cas), has been developed into a powerful, targeted genome-editing tool in a wide variety of species. Here, we report an extensive investigation of the type II CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted gene editing in Streptomyces rimosus. S. rimosus is used in the production of the antibiotic oxytetracycline, and its genome differs greatly from other species of the genus Streptomyces in the conserved chromosome terminal and core regions, which is of major production and scientific research value...
July 26, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740073/genome-editing-abrogates-angiogenesis-in-vivo
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Xionggao Huang, Guohong Zhou, Wenyi Wu, Yajian Duan, Gaoen Ma, Jingyuan Song, Ru Xiao, Luk Vandenberghe, Feng Zhang, Patricia A D'Amore, Hetian Lei
Angiogenesis, in which vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) 2 plays an essential role, is associated with a variety of human diseases including proliferative diabetic retinopathy and wet age-related macular degeneration. Here we report that a system of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated endonuclease (Cas)9 from Streptococcus pyogenes (SpCas9) is used to deplete VEGFR2 in vascular endothelial cells (ECs), whereby the expression of SpCas9 is driven by an endothelial-specific promoter of intercellular adhesion molecule 2...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
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