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#1
Hui Yang, Dinshaw J Patel
In bacteria and archaea, CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems utilize RNA-guided endonucleases to defend against invasion by foreign nucleic acids of bacteriophage, virus and plasmid origin. In a recent paper published in Nature, Burstein et al. identified the first Cas9 protein in uncultivated archaea and two novel CRISPR-CasX and CRISPR-CasY systems in uncultivated bacteria by capitalizing on analysis of terabase-scale metagenomic datasets from natural uncultivated organisms.
February 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215278/nucleic-acid-immunity
#2
G Hartmann
Organisms throughout biology need to maintain the integrity of their genome. From bacteria to vertebrates, life has established sophisticated mechanisms to detect and eliminate foreign genetic material or to restrict its function and replication. Tremendous progress has been made in the understanding of these mechanisms which keep foreign or unwanted nucleic acids from viruses or phages in check. Mechanisms reach from restriction-modification systems and CRISPR/Cas in bacteria and archaea to RNA interference and immune sensing of nucleic acids, altogether integral parts of a system which is now appreciated as nucleic acid immunity...
2017: Advances in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212745/expanding-the-crispr-toolbox-targeting-rna-with-cas13b
#3
Rodolphe Barrangou, Charles A Gersbach
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Smargon et al. (2017) unearth Cas13b from type VI-B CRISPR-Cas immune systems and characterize its RNA-guided, RNA-targeting activity, including regulation by the novel co-factors Csx27 and Csx28, as well as non-specific collateral RNA damage.
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211845/crispr-cas-in-the-laboratory-classroom
#4
Luc Trudel, Michel Frenette, Sylvain Moineau
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207509/relationship-between-drug-resistance-and-the-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeat-associated-protein-genes-cas1-and-cas2-in-shigella-from-giant-panda-dung
#5
Lu Ren, Lin-Hua Deng, Ri-Peng Zhang, Cheng-Dong Wang, De-Sheng Li, Li-Xin Xi, Zhen-Rong Chen, Rui Yang, Jie Huang, Yang-Ru Zeng, Hong-Lin Wu, San-Jie Cao, Rui Wu, Yong Huang, Qi-Gui Yan
BACKGROUND: To detect drug resistance in Shigella obtained from the dung of the giant panda, explore the factors leading to drug resistance in Shigella, understand the characteristics of clustered, regularly interspaced, short, palindromic repeats (CRISPR), and assess the relationship between CRISPR and drug resistance. METHODS: We collected fresh feces from 27 healthy giant pandas in the Giant Panda Conservation base (Wolong, China). We identified the strains of Shigella in the samples by using nucleotide sequence analysis...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207002/detecting-natural-adaptation-of-the-streptococcus-thermophilus-crispr-cas-systems-in-research-and-classroom-settings
#6
Alexander P Hynes, Marie-Laurence Lemay, Luc Trudel, Hélène Deveau, Michel Frenette, Denise M Tremblay, Sylvain Moineau
CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas systems have been adapted into a powerful genome-editing tool. The basis for the flexibility of the tool lies in the adaptive nature of CRISPR-Cas as a bacterial immune system. Here, we describe a protocol to experimentally demonstrate the adaptive nature of this bacterial immune system by challenging the model organism for the study of CRISPR adaptation, Streptococcus thermophilus, with phages in order to detect natural CRISPR immunization...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204542/molecular-determinants-for-crispr-rna-maturation-in-the-cas10-csm-complex-and-roles-for-non-cas-nucleases
#7
Forrest C Walker, Lucy Chou-Zheng, Jack A Dunkle, Asma Hatoum-Aslan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201993/structure-and-variation-of-crispr-and-crispr-flanking-regions-in-deleted-direct-repeat-region-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-strains
#8
Paul Jeffrey Freidlin, Israel Nissan, Anna Luria, Drora Goldblatt, Lana Schaffer, Hasia Kaidar-Shwartz, Daniel Chemtob, Zeev Dveyrin, Steven Robert Head, Efrat Rorman
BACKGROUND: CRISPR and CRISPR-flanking genomic regions are important for molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains, and potentially for adaptive immunity to phage and plasmid DNA, and endogenous roles in the bacterium. Genotyping in the Israel National Mycobacterium Reference Center Tel-Aviv of over 1500 MTBC strains from 2008-2013 showed three strains with validated negative 43-spacer spoligotypes, that is, with putatively deleted direct repeat regions (deleted-DR/CRISPR regions)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198142/therapeutic-genome-engineering-via-crispr-cas-systems
#9
REVIEW
Ana M Moreno, Prashant Mali
Differences in genomes underlie most organismal diversity, and aberrations in genomes underlie many disease states. With the growing knowledge of the genetic and pathogenic basis of human disease, development of safe and efficient platforms for genome and epigenome engineering will transform our ability to therapeutically target human diseases and also potentially engineer disease resistance. In this regard, the recent advent of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated (Cas) RNA-guided nuclease systems have transformed our ability to target nucleic acids...
February 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195163/targeted-gene-knock-in-by-crispr-cas-ribonucleoproteins-in-porcine-zygotes
#10
Ki-Eun Park, Anne Powell, Shelley E S Sandmaier, Chan-Mi Kim, Alan Mileham, David M Donovan, Bhanu P Telugu
The domestic pig is an important "dual purpose" animal model for agricultural and biomedical applications. There is an emerging consensus in the biomedical community for the use of large animal models such as pigs to either serve as an alternative, or complement investigations from the mouse. However, the use of pig has not proven popular due to technical difficulties and time required in generating models with desired genetic modifications. In this regard, the ability to directly modify the genome in the zygote and generate edited animals is highly desirable...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187792/evolution-of-rna-and-dna-guided-antivirus-defense-systems-in-prokaryotes-and-eukaryotes-common-ancestry-vs-convergence
#11
REVIEW
Eugene V Koonin
: Complementarity between nucleic acid molecules is central to biological information transfer processes. Apart from the basal processes of replication, transcription and translation, complementarity is also employed by multiple defense and regulatory systems. All cellular life forms possess defense systems against viruses and mobile genetic elements, and in most of them some of the defense mechanisms involve small guide RNAs or DNAs that recognize parasite genomes and trigger their inactivation...
February 10, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186905/hmmcas-a-web-tool-for-the-identification-and-domain-annotations-of-cas-proteins
#12
Guoshi Chai, Min Yu, Lixu Jiang, Yaocong Duan, Jian Huang
The CRISPR-Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-CRISPR-associated proteins) adaptive immune systems are discovered in many bacteria and most archaea. These systems are encoded by cas (CRISPR-associated) operons that have an extremely diverse architecture. The most crucial step in the depiction of cas operons composition is the identification of cas genes or Cas proteins. With the continuous increase of the newly sequenced archaeal and bacterial genomes, the recognition of new Cas proteins is becoming possible, which not only provides candidates for novel genome editing tools but also helps to understand the prokaryotic immune system better...
February 7, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177825/enhancement-of-single-guide-rna-transcription-for-efficient-crispr-cas-based-genomic-engineering
#13
Kumiko Ui-Tei, Shohei Maruyama, Yuko Nakano
Genomic engineering using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein is a promising approach for targeting the genomic DNA of virtually any organism in a sequence-specific manner. Recent remarkable advances in CRISPR/Cas technology have made it a feasible system for use in therapeutic applications and biotechnology. In the CRISPR/Cas system, a guide RNA (gRNA), interacting with the Cas protein, recognizes a genomic region with sequence complementarity, and the double-stranded DNA at the target site is cleaved by the Cas protein...
January 26, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166719/not-all-predicted-crispr-cas-systems-are-equal-isolated-cas-genes-and-classes-of-crispr-like-elements
#14
Quan Zhang, Yuzhen Ye
BACKGROUND: The CRISPR-Cas systems in prokaryotes are RNA-guided immune systems that target and deactivate foreign nucleic acids. A typical CRISPR-Cas system consists of a CRISPR array of repeat and spacer units, and a locus of cas genes. The CRISPR and the cas locus are often located next to each other in the genomes. However, there is no quantitative estimate of the co-location. In addition, ad-hoc studies have shown that some non-CRISPR genomic elements contain repeat-spacer-like structures and are mistaken as CRISPRs...
February 6, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166383/efficient-genome-editing-in-the-oomycete-phytophthora-sojae-using-crispr-cas9
#15
Yufeng Fang, Linkai Cui, Biao Gu, Felipe Arredondo, Brett M Tyler
Phytophthora is a filamentous fungus-like microorganism, but belongs to the oomycetes, in the kingdom Stramenopila. Phytophthora species are notorious as plant destroyers, causing multibillion-dollar damage to agriculture and natural ecosystems worldwide annually. For a long time, genome editing has been unattainable in oomycetes, because of their extremely low rate of homologous recombination. The recent implementation of the CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated) system in the soybean pathogen Phytophthora sojae, an experimental model for oomycetes, has opened up a powerful new research capability for the oomycete community...
February 6, 2017: Current Protocols in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163827/the-complete-genome-sequence-of-the-yogurt-isolate-streptococcus-thermophilus-aca-dc-2
#16
Voula Alexandraki, Maria Kazou, Jochen Blom, Bruno Pot, Effie Tsakalidou, Konstantinos Papadimitriou
Streptococcus thermophilus ACA-DC 2 is a newly sequenced strain isolated from traditional Greek yogurt. Among the 14 fully sequenced strains of S. thermophilus currently deposited in the NCBI database, the ACA-DC 2 strain has the smallest chromosome, containing 1,731,838 bp. The annotation of its genome revealed the presence of 1,850 genes, including 1,556 protein-coding genes, 70 RNA genes and 224 potential pseudogenes. A large number of pseudogenes were identified. This was also accompanied by the absence of pathogenic features suggesting evolution of strain ACA-DC 2 through genome decay processes, most probably due to adaptation to the milk ecosystem...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163194/recent-advances-and-state-of-the-art-strategies-in-strain-and-process-engineering-for-biobutanol-production-by-clostridium-acetobutylicum
#17
REVIEW
Chuang Xue, Jingbo Zhao, Lijie Chen, Shang-Tian Yang, Fengwu Bai
Butanol as an advanced biofuel has gained great attention due to its environmental benefits and superior properties compared to ethanol. However, the cost of biobutanol production via conventional acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum is not economically competitive, which has hampered its industrial application. The strain performance and downstream process greatly impact the economics of biobutanol production. Although various engineered strains with carefully orchestrated metabolic and sporulation-specific pathways have been developed, none of them is ideal for industrial biobutanol production...
February 3, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159786/bacteriophage-%C3%AE-m1-of-pectobacterium-evolves-to-escape-two-bifunctional-type-iii-toxin-antitoxin-and-abortive-infection-systems-through-mutations-in-a-single-viral-gene
#18
Tim R Blower, Ray Chai, Rita Przybilski, Shahzad Chindhy, Xinzhe Fang, Samuel E Kidman, Hui Tan, Ben F Luisi, Peter C Fineran, George P C Salmond
: Some bacteria, when infected by their viral parasites (bacteriophages), undergo a suicidal response that also terminates productive viral replication (abortive infection; Abi). This response can be viewed as an altruistic act protecting the uninfected bacterial clonal population. Abortive infection can occur through the action of Type III protein-RNA toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems, such as ToxINPa from the phytopathogen, Pectobacterium atrosepticum Rare spontaneous mutants evolved in the generalized transducing phage, ΦM1, which escaped ToxINPa-mediated abortive infection in P...
February 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157502/building-the-class-2-crispr-cas-arsenal
#19
Kevin M Lewis, Ailong Ke
Adaptation of CRISPR-Cas9 for genome-editing applications has revolutionized biomedical research. New single-component effector CRISPR systems are emerging from the bioinformatics pipeline. How can we best harness their power? Three new studies will no doubt facilitate this transition by generating the C2c1 and C2c2 structure snapshots in different functional states.
February 2, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156004/comparative-analysis-of-crispr-cas-systems-in-klebsiella-genomes
#20
Juntao Shen, Li Lv, Xudong Wang, Zhilong Xiu, Guoqiang Chen
Prokaryotic CRISPR-Cas system provides adaptive immunity against invasive genetic elements. Bacteria of the genus Klebsiella are important nosocomial opportunistic pathogens. However, information of CRISPR-Cas system in Klebsiella remains largely unknown. Here, we analyzed the CRISPR-Cas systems of 68 complete genomes of Klebsiella representing four species. All the elements for CRISPR-Cas system (cas genes, repeats, leader sequences, and PAMs) were characterized. Besides the typical Type I-E and I-F CRISPR-Cas systems, a new Subtype I system located in the ABC transport system-glyoxalase region was found...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
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