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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646452/dosage-effects-of-zp2-and-zp3-heterozygous-mutations-cause-human-infertility
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Wenqiang Liu, Kunming Li, Dandan Bai, Jiqing Yin, Yuanyuan Tang, Fengli Chi, Linfeng Zhang, Yu Wang, Jiaping Pan, Shanshan Liang, Yi Guo, Jingling Ruan, Xiaochen Kou, Yanhong Zhao, Hong Wang, Jiayu Chen, Xiaoming Teng, Shaorong Gao
The zona pellucida (ZP) is an extracellular matrix universally surrounding mammalian eggs, which is essential for oogenesis, fertilization, and pre-implantation embryo development. Here, we identified two novel heritable mutations of ZP2 and ZP3, both occurring in an infertile female patient with ZP-abnormal eggs. Mouse models with the same mutations were generated by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, and oocytes obtained from female mice with either single heterozygous mutation showed approximately half of the normal ZP thickness compared to wild-type oocytes...
June 24, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
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Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646206/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-via-postnatal-administration-of-aav-vector-cures-haemophilia-b-mice
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Tsukasa Ohmori, Yasumitsu Nagao, Hiroaki Mizukami, Asuka Sakata, Shin-Ichi Muramatsu, Keiya Ozawa, Shin-Ichi Tominaga, Yutaka Hanazono, Satoshi Nishimura, Osamu Nureki, Yoichi Sakata
Haemophilia B, a congenital haemorrhagic disease caused by mutations in coagulation factor IX gene (F9), is considered an appropriate target for genome editing technology. Here, we describe treatment strategies for haemophilia B mice using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 system. Administration of adeno-associated virus (AAV) 8 vector harbouring Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 (SaCas9) and single guide RNA (sgRNA) to wild-type adult mice induced a double-strand break (DSB) at the target site of F9 in hepatocytes, sufficiently developing haemophilia B...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643790/corrigendum-muscle-specific-crispr-cas9-dystrophin-gene-editing-ameliorates-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Niclas E Bengtsson, John K Hall, Guy L Odom, Michael P Phelps, Colin R Andrus, R David Hawkins, Stephen D Hauschka, Joel R Chamberlain, Jeffrey S Chamberlain
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14454.
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643256/genome-editing-of-monkey
#5
Zhen Liu, Yijun Cai, Qiang Sun
Gene-modified monkey models would be particularly valuable in biomedical and neuroscience research. Virus-based transgenic and programmable nucleases-based site-specific gene editing methods (TALEN, CRISPR-cas9) enable the generation of gene-modified monkeys with gain or loss of function of specific genes. Here, we describe the generation of transgenic and knock-out (KO) monkeys with high efficiency by lentivirus and programmable nucleases.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641519/neural-stem-cells-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-model-rare-cns-diseases
#6
Lidia De Filippis, Cristina Zalfa, Daniela Ferrari
Despite the great effort spent over the last decades to unravel the pathological mechanisms underpinning the development of central nervous system disorders, most of them remain still unclear. In particular, the study of rare brain diseases is hurdled by the lack of post-mortem samples and of reliable epidemiological studies, thus the setting of in vitro modeling systems appears essential to dissect the puzzle of genetic and environmental alterations affecting neural cells viability and functionality The isolation and expansion in vitro of embryonic (ESC) and fetal neural stem cells (NSC) from human tissue has efficiently allowed to model several neurological diseases "in a dish" and has also provided a novel platform to test potential therapeutic strategies in a pre-clinical setting...
June 15, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637663/ny-eso-1-tcr-single-edited-central-memory-and-memory-stem-t-cells-to-treat-multiple-myeloma-without-inducing-gvhd
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Sara Mastaglio, Pietro Genovese, Zulma Magnani, Eliana Ruggiero, Elisa Landoni, Barbara Camisa, Giulia Schiroli, Elena Provasi, Angelo Lombardo, Andreas Reik, Nicoletta Cieri, Martina Rocchi, Giacomo Oliveira, Giulia Escobar, Monica Casucci, Bernhard Gentner, Antonello Spinelli, Anna Mondino, Attilio Bondanza, Luca Vago, Maurilio Ponzoni, Fabio Ciceri, Michael C Holmes, Luigi Naldini, Chiara Bonini
Transfer of T cell receptors (TCR) specific for tumor-associated antigens is a promising approach for cancer immunotherapy. We developed the TCR gene editing technology, that is based on the knockout of the endogenous TCR α and β genes, followed by the introduction of tumor-specific TCR genes, and that proved safer and more effective than conventional TCR gene transfer. While successful, complete editing requires extensive cell manipulation and four transduction procedures. Here we propose a novel and clinically feasible 'single TCR editing' (SE) approach, based on the disruption of the endogenous TCR α chain only, followed by the transfer of genes encoding for a tumor specific TCR...
June 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637013/akt-can-modulate-the-in-vitro-response-of-hnscc-cells-to-irreversible-egfr-inhibitors
#8
Renato José Silva-Oliveira, Matias Melendez, Olga Martinho, Maicon F Zanon, Luciano de Souza Viana, André Lopes Carvalho, Rui Manuel Reis
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in up to 90% of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumors. Cetuximab is the first targeted (anti-EGFR) therapy approved for the treatment of HNSCC patients. However, its efficacy is limited due to primary and secondary resistance, and there is no predict biomarkers of response. New generation of EGFR inhibitors with pan HER targeting and irreversible action, such as afatinib and allitinib, represents a significant therapeutic promise. In this study, we intend to compare the potential cytotoxicity of two anti-EGFR inhibitors (afatinib and allitinib) with cetuximab and to identify potential predictive biomarkers of response in a panel of HNSCC cell lines...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631420/expression-of-pten-long-mediated-by-crispr-cas9-can-repress-u87-cell-proliferation
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Na Fang, Tingxuan Gu, Yahui Wang, Shuzhen Wang, Fengling Wang, Yang An, Wenqiang Wei, Weijuan Zhang, Xiangqian Guo, Adil J Nazarali, Shaoping Ji
PTEN is a tumour suppressor that is frequently mutated in a variety of cancers. Hence, PTEN has significant potential as a therapeutic molecule. PTEN-long is an alternative translation variant, with an additional 173 amino acids added to the N-terminal of the canonical PTEN when CUG of the mRNA is utilized as the start codon. PTEN-long is secreted into serum and can re-enter cells throughout the body. One of the major barriers for gene therapy is to efficiently and specifically deliver DNA or RNA material to target cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628038/crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-ameliorates-neurotoxicity-in-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
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Su Yang, Renbao Chang, Huiming Yang, Ting Zhao, Yan Hong, Ha Eun Kong, Xiaobo Sun, Zhaohui Qin, Peng Jin, Shihua Li, Xiao-Jiang Li
Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine repeat in the Huntingtin gene (HTT). Although suppressing the expression of mutant HTT (mHTT) has been explored as a therapeutic strategy to treat Huntington's disease, considerable efforts have gone into developing allele-specific suppression of mHTT expression, given that loss of Htt in mice can lead to embryonic lethality. It remains unknown whether depletion of HTT in the adult brain, regardless of its allele, could be a safe therapy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625156/heteroduplex-cleavage-assay-for-screening-of-probable-zygosities-resulting-from-crispr-mutations-in-diploid-single-cell-lines
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Kyle D Luttgeharm, Kit-Sum Wong, Steve Siembieda
The most common gene editing methods, such as CRISPR, involve random repair of an induced double-stranded DNA break through the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair pathway, resulting in small insertions/deletions. In diploid cells, these mutations can take on one of three zygosities: monoallelic, diallelic heterozygous, or diallelic homozygous. While many advances have been made in CRISPR delivery systems and gene editing efficiency, little work has been done to streamline detection of gene editing events...
June 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625015/crispr-cas9-mediated-lag-3-disruption-in-car-t-cells
#12
Yongping Zhang, Xingying Zhang, Chen Cheng, Wei Mu, Xiaojuan Liu, Na Li, Xiaofei Wei, Xiang Liu, Changqing Xia, Haoyi Wang
T cells engineered with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) have been successfully applied to treat advanced refractory B cell malignancy. However, many challenges remain in extending its application toward the treatment of solid tumors. The immunosuppressive nature of tumor microenvironment is considered one of the key factors limiting CAR-T efficacy. One negative regulator of Tcell activity is lymphocyte activation gene-3 (LAG-3). We successfully generated LAG-3 knockout Tand CAR-T cells with high efficiency using CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing and found that the viability and immune phenotype were not dramatically changed during in vitro culture...
June 17, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624213/crispr-cas9-loxp-mediated-gene-editing-as-a-novel-site-specific-genetic-manipulation-tool
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Fayu Yang, Changbao Liu, Ding Chen, Mengjun Tu, Haihua Xie, Huihui Sun, Xianglian Ge, Lianchao Tang, Jin Li, Jiayong Zheng, Zongming Song, Jia Qu, Feng Gu
Cre-loxP, as one of the site-specific genetic manipulation tools, offers a method to study the spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression/inactivation in order to decipher gene function. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated targeted genome engineering technologies are sparking a new revolution in biological research. Whether the traditional site-specific genetic manipulation tool and CRISPR/Cas9 could be combined to create a novel genetic tool for highly specific gene editing is not clear. Here, we successfully generated a CRISPR/Cas9-loxP system to perform gene editing in human cells, providing the proof of principle that these two technologies can be used together for the first time...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620015/genetic-editing-of-the-androgen-receptor-contributes-to-impaired-male-courtship-behavior-in-zebrafish
#14
Lengxob Yong, Zayer Thet, Yong Zhu
Elucidating the genes that contribute to behavioral variation has become an important endeavor in behavioral studies. While advances in genomics have narrowed down candidate genes, functionally validating them has been lagging, partly because of challenges associated with rapid gene manipulations. Consequently, few studies have demonstrated causal genetic changes linked to behaviors. The 'gene editing revolution' has offered unprecedented opportunities to interrogate candidate genes responsible for critical behaviors...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619624/fetal-stem-cell-and-gene-therapy
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REVIEW
Russell Witt, Tippi C MacKenzie, William H Peranteau
Advances in our understanding of stem cells, gene editing, prenatal imaging and fetal interventions have opened up new opportunities for the treatment of congenital diseases either through in-utero stem cell transplantation or in-utero gene therapy. Improvements in ultrasound-guided access to the fetal vasculature have also enhanced the safety and efficacy of cell delivery. The fetal environment offers accessible stem cell niches, localized cell populations with large proliferative potential, and an immune system that is able to acquire donor-specific tolerance...
June 12, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619109/type-ii-crispr-cas9-approach-in-the-oncological-therapy
#16
REVIEW
A Biagioni, A Chillà, E Andreucci, A Laurenzana, F Margheri, S Peppicelli, M Del Rosso, G Fibbi
CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a prokaryotic adaptable immune mechanism used by many bacteria and archaea to protect themselves from foreign nucleic acids. This complex system can recognize and cut non-self DNA in order to provide the prokaryotic organisms a strong defense against foreign viral or plasmid attacks and make the cell immune from further assaults. Today, it has been adapted to be used in vitro and in vivo in eukaryotic cells to perform a complete and highly selective gene knockout or a specific gene editing...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616498/xenotransplantation-a-special-case-of-one-health
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REVIEW
Joachim Denner
The chronic shortage of human transplants to treat tissue and organ failure has led to the development of xenotransplantation, the transplantation of cells, tissues and organs from another species to human recipients. For a number of reasons, pigs are best suited as donor animals. Successful, routine xenotransplantation would have an enormous impact on the health of the human population, including the young, who sometimes require a replacement organ or islet cells, but especially the elderly, who more often suffer the consequences of organ failure...
June 2017: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615323/generic-membrane-spanning-features-endow-ire1%C3%AE-with-responsiveness-to-membrane-aberrancy
#18
Nozomu Kono, Niko Amin-Wetzel, David Ron
Altered cellular lipid composition activates the endoplasmic reticulum unfolded protein response (UPR) and UPR signaling effects important changes in lipid metabolism. Secondary effects on protein folding homeostasis likely contribute to UPR activation, but deletion of the unfolded protein stress-sensing luminal domain of the UPR transducers PERK and IRE1α does not abolish their responsiveness to lipid perturbation. This finding suggests that PERK and IRE1α also directly recognize the membrane aberrancy wrought by lipid perturbation...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615035/unexpected-consequences-exon-skipping-caused-by-crispr-generated-mutations
#19
Joshua J Sharpe, Thomas A Cooper
A new study finds that splicing disruption is a frequent consequence of mutations generated by CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, and alleles designed to be null can express aberrant proteins. This new information allows enhanced quality control procedures to select the best mutant alleles generated by CRISPR/Cas9.Please see related Method article: https://www.doi.org/10.1186/s13059-017-1237-8.
June 14, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613254/crispr-cas9-mediated-correction-of-the-fancd1-gene-in-primary-patient-cells
#20
Karolina Skvarova Kramarzova, Mark J Osborn, Beau R Webber, Anthony P DeFeo, Amber N McElroy, Chong Jai Kim, Jakub Tolar
Fanconi anemia (FA) is an inherited condition characterized by impaired DNA repair, physical anomalies, bone marrow failure, and increased incidence of malignancy. Gene editing holds great potential to precisely correct the underlying genetic cause such that gene expression remains under the endogenous control mechanisms. This has been accomplished to date only in transformed cells or their reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem cell counterparts; however, it has not yet been reported in primary patient cells...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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