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Xu-Tao Lin, Xiao-Bin Zheng, De-Jun Fan, Qiu-Qiong Yao, Jian-Cong Hu, Lei Lian, Xiao-Jian Wu, Ping Lan, Xiao-Sheng He
Background: Dysfunctional autophagy is recognized as a contributing factor in many chronic inflammatory diseases, including Crohn's disease (CD). Genetic analyses have found that microRNA (miRNA) levels are altered in the intestinal tissues of CD patients. Methods: The Sequencing Alternative Poly-Adenylation Sites (SAPAS) method was used to compare the 3' end of the total mRNA sequence of 3 surgical specimens of CD patients (including inflamed tissues and corresponding noninflamed tissues in each case)...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Joao N A Ferreira, Changyu Zheng, Isabelle M A Lombaert, Corinne M Goldsmith, Ana P Cotrim, Jennifer M Symonds, Vaishali N Patel, Matthew P Hoffman
Head and neck cancer patients treated with irradiation often present irreversible salivary gland hypofunction for which no conventional treatment exists. We recently showed that recombinant neurturin, a neurotrophic factor, improves epithelial regeneration of mouse salivary glands in ex vivo culture after irradiation by reducing apoptosis of parasympathetic neurons. Parasympathetic innervation is essential to maintain progenitor cells during gland development and for regeneration of adult glands. Here, we investigated whether a neurturin-expressing adenovirus could be used for gene therapy in vivo to protect parasympathetic neurons and prevent gland hypofunction after irradiation...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Mijanur R Molla, Alexander Böser, Akshita Rana, Karina Schwarz, Pavel A Levkin
Efficient delivery of nucleic acids into cells is of great interest in the field of cell biology and gene therapy. Despite a lot of research, transfection efficiency and structural diversity of gene-delivery vectors are still limited. A better understanding of the structure-function relationship of gene delivery vectors is also essential for the design of novel and intelligent delivery vectors, efficient in "difficult-to-transfect" cells and in vivo clinical applications. Most of the existing strategies for the synthesis of gene-delivery vectors require multiple steps and lengthy procedures...
March 20, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
According to Professor Basil T. Darras, Professor of Neurology (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Program at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston (MA, USA), the diagnosis of SMA type I is clinical and is based on detailed general physical and neurological examinations. SMA type I remains the most common genetic disease resulting in death in infancy and is really devastating for the child, the parents, as well as the medical professionals with the privilege of caring for patients with SMA and their parents...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Basil T Darras, Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Ashang Luwang Laiva, Rosanne M Raftery, Michael B Keogh, Fergal J O'Brien
Ensuring an adequate angiogenic response during wound healing is a prevailing clinical challenge in biomaterials science. To address this, we aimed to develop a pro-angiogenic gene-activated scaffold (GAS) that could activate MSCs to produce paracrine factors and influence angiogenesis and wound repair. A non-viral polyethyleneimine (PEI) nanoparticles carrying a gene encoding for stromal derived factor-1 alpha (SDF-1α) was combined with a collagen-chondroitin sulfate scaffold to produce the GAS. The ability of this platform to enhance the angiogenic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) was then assessed...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Norma Oviedo, Leticia Manuel-Apolinar, Sandra Orozco-Suárez, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, Vilma Carolina Bekker Méndez, Emiliano Tesoro-Cruz
BACKGROUND: Intranasal administration (Int adm) has been well-studied and offers the possibility to deliver larger molecular weight biologics, such as proteins, viral vectors, nanoparticles, and naked plasmids to the brain and treat a variety of diseases in the central nervous system. The predominant challenge in this field is finding efficient vectors that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier (BBB). OBJECTIVES: Here, we investigated whether a naked plasmid (pIRES-hrGFP-1a), could cross the BBB, reach brain cells and express green fluorescent protein (GFP) after int-adm and propose it as candidate for future gene therapy studies...
March 16, 2018: Archives of Medical Research
Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu, Katherine J Wert, Yan Feng, Anthony Mannion, Zhongming Ge, Alexis Garcia, Kathleen E Scott, Tyler J Caron, Carolyn M Madden, Johanne T Jacobsen, Gabriel Victora, Rudolf Jaenisch, James G Fox
Immune-compromised mouse models allow for testing the preclinical efficacy of human cell transplantations and gene therapy strategies before moving forward to clinical trials. However, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing of the Wsh/Wsh mouse strain to create an immune-compromised model lacking function of Rag2 and Il2rγ led to unexpected morbidity and mortality. This warranted an investigation to ascertain the cause and predisposing factors associated with the outbreak. Postmortem examination was performed on 15 moribund mice...
2018: PloS One
Kevin Isgrig, Wade W Chien
Inner ear gene therapy offers great promise as a potential treatment for hearing loss and dizziness. One of the critical determinants of the success of inner ear gene therapy is to find a delivery method which results in consistent transduction efficiency of targeted cell types while minimizing hearing loss. In this study, we describe the posterior semicircular canal approach as a viable method for inner ear gene delivery in neonatal mice. We show that gene delivery through the posterior semicircular canal is able to perfuse the entire inner ear...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Aziza Alrafiah, Evangelia Karyka, Ian Coldicott, Kayleigh Iremonger, Katherin E Lewis, Ke Ning, Mimoun Azzouz
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating childhood motor neuron disease. SMA is caused by mutations in the survival motor neuron gene ( SMN1 ), leading to reduced levels of SMN protein in the CNS. The actin-binding protein plastin 3 (PLS3) has been reported as a modifier for SMA, making it a potential therapeutic target. Here, we show reduced levels of PLS3 protein in the brain and spinal cord of a mouse model of SMA. Our study also revealed that lentiviral-mediated PLS3 expression restored axonal length in cultured Smn-deficient motor neurons...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Harrison C Brown, Philip M Zakas, Stephan N George, Ernest T Parker, H Trent Spencer, Christopher B Doering
Potency is a key optimization parameter for hemophilia A gene therapy product candidates. Optimization strategies include promoter engineering to increase transcription, codon optimization of mRNA to improve translation, and amino-acid substitution to promote secretion. Herein, we describe both rational and empirical design approaches to the development of a minimally sized, highly potent AAV-fVIII vector that incorporates three unique elements: a liver-directed 146-nt transcription regulatory module, a target-cell-specific codon optimization algorithm, and a high-expression bioengineered fVIII variant...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Yi Cao, Shengxing Tan, Yi Tu, Guoyang Zhang, Yi Liu, Daojiang Li, Shan Xu, Zhibiao Le, Jianbo Xiong, Wenyu Zou, Peitao Gong, Zhengrong Li, Zhigang Jie
Accumulating studies have demonstrated microRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) have an important role in multiple processes of human malignant tumor development and progression. Decreased expression of miR-125a-5p has been observed in several types of cancer, including gastric cancer (GC). However, the mechanism and exact function of miR-125a-5p in GC have not been largely elucidated. In the present study, reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction indicated that the expression of miR-125a-5p was downregulated in GC tissues and cell lines compared with matched normal tissues (P<0...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Mitchell E Menezes, Sarmistha Talukdar, Stephen L Wechman, Swadesh K Das, Luni Emdad, Devanand Sarkar, Paul B Fisher
The incidence of melanoma has continued to increase over the past 30 years. Hence, developing effective therapies to treat both primary and metastatic melanoma are essential. While advances in targeted therapy and immunotherapy have provided novel therapeutic options to treat melanoma, gene therapy may provide additional strategies for the treatment of metastatic melanoma clinically. This review focuses upon the challenges and opportunities that gene therapy provides for targeting melanoma. We begin with a discussion of the various gene therapy targets which are relevant to melanoma...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Karine Pinel, Coralie Genevois, Christelle Debeissat, Franck Couillaud
RNA interference (RNAi)-based gene therapy has great potential in cancer and infectious disease treatment to correct abnormal up-regulation of gene expression. We show a new original method uses synthetic microRNAs combined with a thermo-inducible promoter to reduce specific gene expression. The targeted gene is the luciferase firefly reporter gene overexpressed in a subcutaneous tumor which allows the RNAi monitoring by bioluminescence imaging (BLI). The inducible inhibition was first demonstrated in vitro using genetically modified cells lines and then in vivo using the corresponding xenograft model in mice...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Pedro Berraondo, Inaki Etxeberria, Mariano Ponz-Sarvise, Ignacio Melero
Interleukin-12  antitumor activities are mediated by the activation of T and NK lymphocytes to produce IFN gamma. Systemically, recombinant interleukin-12 has a narrow therapeutic window that favors local delivery, i.e., by gene therapy approaches. Interleukin-12 is a powerful partner in immunotherapy combinations with checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive T-cell transfer.
March 16, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Bertrand Jordan
Recent efforts at gene therapy for haemophilia A and B using AAV-derived vectors show durable expression of coagulation factors at significant levels, resulting in almost complete correction of the phenotype. This is the first success of gene therapy for a major hereditary disorder, and shows how continuous improvement of many components of the system has finally succeeded. Although these results must be confirmed with more patients and longer durations, they constitute a significant accomplishment for this approach after decades of frustration...
March 2018: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Ian Fyfe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neurology
Shelby Meier, Assaf A Gilad, J Anthony Brandon, Chenghao Qian, Erhe Gao, Jose F Abisambra, Moriel Vandsburger
Research into gene therapy for heart failure has gained renewed interest as a result of improved safety and availability of adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV). While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is standard for functional assessment of gene therapy outcomes, quantitation of gene transfer/expression relies upon tissue biopsy, fluorescence or nuclear imaging. Imaging of gene expression through the use of genetically encoded chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST)-MRI reporter genes could be combined with clinical cardiac MRI methods to comprehensively probe therapeutic gene expression and subsequent outcomes...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hong-Jing Zhou, Chen-Ye Zeng, Ting-Ting Yang, Fang-Yi Long, Xi Kuang, Jun-Rong Du
AIMS: Oxidative stress caused by aging aggravates neuropathological changes and cognitive deficits. Klotho, an anti-aging protein, shows an anti-oxidative effect. The aims of the present study were to determine the potential therapeutic effect of klotho in aging-related neuropathological changes and memory impairments in senescence-accelerated mouse prone-8 (SAMP8) mice, and identify the potential mechanism of these neuroprotective effects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A lentiviral was used to deliver and sustain the expression of klotho...
March 12, 2018: Life Sciences
Jose J G Marin, Oscar Briz, Elisa Herraez, Elisa Lozano, Maitane Asensio, Silvia Di Giacomo, Marta R Romero, Luis M Osorio-Padilla, Ana I Santos-Llamas, Maria A Serrano, Carolina Armengol, Thomas Efferth, Rocio I R Macias
A characteristic shared by most frequent types of primary liver cancer, i.e., hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) in adults, and in a lesser extent hepatoblastoma (HB) mainly in children, is their high refractoriness to chemotherapy. This is the result of synergic interactions among complex and diverse mechanisms of chemoresistance (MOC) in which more than 100 genes are involved. Pharmacological treatment, although it can be initially effective, frequently stimulates the expression of MOC genes, which results in the relapse of the tumor, usually with a more aggressive and less chemosensitive phenotype...
March 12, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
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