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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785042/inducible-high-efficiency-crispr-cas9-targeted-gene-editing-and-precision-base-editing-in-african-trypanosomes
#1
Eva Rico, Laura Jeacock, Julie Kovářová, David Horn
The Cas9 endonuclease can be programmed by guide RNA to introduce sequence-specific breaks in genomic DNA. Thus, Cas9-based approaches present a range of novel options for genome manipulation and precision editing. African trypanosomes are parasites that cause lethal human and animal diseases. They also serve as models for studies on eukaryotic biology, including 'divergent' biology. Genome modification, exploiting the native homologous recombination machinery, has been important for studies on trypanosomes but often requires multiple rounds of transfection using selectable markers that integrate at low efficiency...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782018/novel-method-of-plasmid-dna-delivery-to-mouse-bladder-urothelium-by-electroporation
#2
Chuan Yu, Ofir Stefanson, Yueli Liu, Zhu A Wang
Genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) are extremely valuable in revealing novel biological insights into the initiation and progression mechanisms of human diseases such as cancer. Transgenic and conditional knockout mice have been frequently used for gene overexpression or ablation in specific tissues or cell types in vivo. However, generating germline mouse models can be time-consuming and costly. Recent advancements in gene editing technologies and the feasibility of delivering DNA plasmids by viral infection have enabled rapid generation of non-germline autochthonous mouse cancer models for several organs...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781327/the-progress-of-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-neuromuscular-disorders
#3
Sara Aguti, Alberto Malerba, Haiyan Zhou
The well-defined genetic causes and monogenetic nature of many neuromuscular disorders, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), present gene therapy as a prominent therapeutic approach. The novel variants of adeno-associated virus (AAV) can achieve satisfactory transduction efficiency of exogenous genes through the central nervous system and body-wide in skeletal muscle. Areas covered: In this review, we summarize the strategies of AAV gene therapy that are currently under preclinical and clinical evaluation for the treatment of degenerative neuromuscular disorders, with a focus on diseases such as DMD and SMA...
May 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779890/high-throughput-screening-enhances-kidney-organoid-differentiation-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-enables-automated-multidimensional-phenotyping
#4
Stefan M Czerniecki, Nelly M Cruz, Jennifer L Harder, Rajasree Menon, James Annis, Edgar A Otto, Ramila E Gulieva, Laura V Islas, Yong Kyun Kim, Linh M Tran, Timothy J Martins, Jeffrey W Pippin, Hongxia Fu, Matthias Kretzler, Stuart J Shankland, Jonathan Himmelfarb, Randall T Moon, Neal Paragas, Benjamin S Freedman
Organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells are a potentially powerful tool for high-throughput screening (HTS), but the complexity of organoid cultures poses a significant challenge for miniaturization and automation. Here, we present a fully automated, HTS-compatible platform for enhanced differentiation and phenotyping of human kidney organoids. The entire 21-day protocol, from plating to differentiation to analysis, can be performed automatically by liquid-handling robots, or alternatively by manual pipetting...
May 15, 2018: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779223/gene-editing-vectors-for-studying-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-cholinergic-transmission
#5
Can Peng, Yijin Yan, Veronica J Kim, Staci E Engle, Jennifer N Berry, J Michael McIntosh, Rachael L Neve, Ryan M Drenan
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), prototype members of the cys-loop ligand gated ion channel family, are key mediators of cholinergic transmission in the central nervous system. Despite their importance, technical gaps exist in our ability to dissect the function of individual subunits in the brain. To overcome these barriers, we designed CRISPR/Cas9 small guide RNA sequences (sgRNAs) for production of loss-of-function alleles in mouse nAChR genes. These sgRNAs were validated in vitro via deep sequencing...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778643/inheritance-of-co-edited-genes-by-crispr-based-targeted-nucleotide-substitutions-in-rice
#6
Zenpei Shimatani, Ushio Fujikura, Hisaki Ishii, Yusuke Matsui, Minoru Suzuki, Yuki Ueke, Ken-Ichiro Taoka, Rie Terada, Keiji Nishida, Akihiko Kondo
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a revolutionary genome-editing tool for directed gene editing in various organisms. Cas9 variants can be applied as molecular homing devices when combined with various functional effectors such as transcriptional activators or DNA modification enzymes. Target-AID is a synthetic complex of nuclease deficient Cas9 fused to an activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) that enables targeted nucleotide substitution (C to T or G to A). We previously demonstrated that the introduction of desired point mutations into target genes by Target-AID confers herbicide tolerance to rice callus...
April 25, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774076/the-human-somatostatin-receptor-type-2-as-an-imaging-and-suicide-reporter-gene-for-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-therapy-of-myocardial-infarction
#7
Katrien Neyrinck, Natacha Breuls, Bryan Holvoet, Wouter Oosterlinck, Esther Wolfs, Hubert Vanbilloen, Olivier Gheysens, Robin Duelen, Willy Gsell, Ivo Lambrichts, Uwe Himmelreich, Catherine M Verfaillie, Maurilio Sampaolesi, Christophe M Deroose
Rationale: Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are being investigated as a cell source for regenerative medicine since they provide an infinitive pool of cells that are able to differentiate towards every cell type of the body. One possible therapeutic application involves the use of these cells to treat myocardial infarction (MI), a condition where billions of cardiomyocytes (CMs) are lost. Although several protocols have been developed to differentiate PSCs towards CMs, none of these provide a completely pure population, thereby still posing a risk for neoplastic teratoma formation...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773834/embryonic-pou5f1-is-required-for-expanded-bovine-blastocyst-formation
#8
Bradford W Daigneault, Sandeep Rajput, George W Smith, Pablo J Ross
POU5F1 is a transcription factor and master regulator of cell pluripotency with indispensable roles in early embryo development and cell lineage specification. The role of embryonic POU5F1 in blastocyst formation and cell lineage specification differs between mammalian species but remains completely unknown in cattle. The CRISPR/Cas9 system was utilized for targeted disruption of the POU5F1 gene by direct injection into zygotes. Disruption of the bovine POU5F1 locus prevented blastocyst formation and was associated with embryonic arrest at the morula stage...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773606/optimising-experimental-research-in-respiratory-diseases-an-ers-statement
#9
Philippe Bonniaud, Aurélie Fabre, Nelly Frossard, Christophe Guignabert, Mark Inman, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Tania Maes, Wei Shi, Martin Stampfli, Stefan Uhlig, Eric White, Martin Witzenrath, Pierre-Simon Bellaye, Bruno Crestani, Oliver Eickelberg, Heinz Fehrenbach, Andreas Guenther, Gisli Jenkins, Guy Joos, Antoine Magnan, Bernard Maitre, Ulrich A Maus, Petra Reinhold, Juanita H J Vernooy, Luca Richeldi, Martin Kolb
Experimental models are critical for the understanding of lung health and disease and are indispensable for drug development. However, the pathogenetic and clinical relevance of the models is often unclear. Further, the use of animals in biomedical research is controversial from an ethical perspective.The objective of this task force was to issue a statement with research recommendations about lung disease models by facilitating in-depth discussions between respiratory scientists, and to provide an overview of the literature on the available models...
May 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769725/mxra8-is-a-receptor-for-multiple-arthritogenic-alphaviruses
#10
Rong Zhang, Arthur S Kim, Julie M Fox, Sharmila Nair, Katherine Basore, William B Klimstra, Rebecca Rimkunas, Rachel H Fong, Hueylie Lin, Subhajit Poddar, James E Crowe, Benjamin J Doranz, Daved H Fremont, Michael S Diamond
Arthritogenic alphaviruses comprise a group of enveloped RNA viruses that are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and cause debilitating acute and chronic musculoskeletal disease 1 . The host factors required for alphavirus entry remain poorly characterized 2 . Here we use a genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9-based screen to identify the cell adhesion molecule Mxra8 as an entry mediator for multiple emerging arthritogenic alphaviruses, including chikungunya, Ross River, Mayaro and O'nyong nyong viruses. Gene editing of mouse Mxra8 or human MXRA8 resulted in reduced levels of viral infection of cells and, reciprocally, ectopic expression of these genes resulted in increased infection...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766738/the-role-of-gene-editing-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#11
Hueng-Chuen Fan, Ching-Shiang Chi, Yih-Jing Lee, Jeng-Dau Tsai, Shinn-Zong Lin, Horng-Jyh Harn
Neurodegenerative diseases (NDs), at least including Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases, have become the most dreaded maladies because there are no precise diagnostic tools or definite treatments for these debilitating diseases. The increased prevalence and a substantial impact on the social-economic and medical care of NDs propel governments to develop policies to counteract the impact. Although the etiologies of NDs are still unknown, growing evidence suggests that genetic, cellular, and circuit alternations may cause the generation of abnormal misfolded proteins, which uncontrolledly accumulate to damage and eventually overwhelm the protein-disposal mechanisms of these neurons, leading to a common pathological feature of NDs...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765551/functional-significance-of-co-occurring-mutations-in-pik3ca-and-map3k1-in-breast-cancer
#12
Alvaro Avivar-Valderas, Robert McEwen, Amir Taheri-Ghahfarokhi, Larissa S Carnevalli, Elizabeth L Hardaker, Marcello Maresca, Kevin Hudson, Elizabeth A Harrington, Francisco Cruzalegui
The PI3Kα signaling pathway is frequently hyper-activated in breast cancer (BrCa), as a result of mutations/amplifications in oncogenes (e.g. HER2 ), decreased function in tumor suppressors (e.g. PTEN ) or activating mutations in key components of the pathway. In particular, activating mutations of PIK3CA (~45%) are frequently found in luminal A BrCa samples. Genomic studies have uncovered inactivating mutations in MAP3K1 (13-20%) and MAP2K4 (~8%), two upstream kinases of the JNK apoptotic pathway in luminal A BrCa samples...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765300/detection-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-by-%C3%AE-h2ax-does-not-result-in-53bp1-recruitment-in-mouse-retinal-tissues
#13
Brigitte Müller, N M Ellinwood, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
Gene editing is an attractive potential treatment of inherited retinopathies. However, it often relies on endogenous DNA repair. Retinal DNA repair is incompletely characterized in humans and animal models. We investigated recruitment of the double stranded break (DSB) repair complex of γH2AX and 53bp1 in both developing and mature mouse neuroretinas. We evaluated the immunofluorescent retinal expression of these proteins during development (P07-P30) in normal and retinal degeneration models, as well as in potassium bromate induced DSB repair in normal adult (3 months) retinal explants...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765029/the-crispr-tool-kit-for-genome-editing-and-beyond
#14
REVIEW
Mazhar Adli
CRISPR is becoming an indispensable tool in biological research. Once known as the bacterial immune system against invading viruses, the programmable capacity of the Cas9 enzyme is now revolutionizing diverse fields of medical research, biotechnology, and agriculture. CRISPR-Cas9 is no longer just a gene-editing tool; the application areas of catalytically impaired inactive Cas9, including gene regulation, epigenetic editing, chromatin engineering, and imaging, now exceed the gene-editing functionality of WT Cas9...
May 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764955/the-new-normal-of-structure-function-studies-in-the-era-of-crispr-cas9
#15
EDITORIAL
Glennis A Logsdon, Ben E Black
Major advances in gene-editing technologies have enabled the rapid dissection of proteins in complex biological systems, facilitating biological experiments to complement biochemical studies with purified components. In this editorial, we highlight CRISPR/Cas9-based strategies to rapidly manipulate endogenous genes - strategies that have already transformed functional studies of proteins in metazoan systems. We further describe emerging tools using a catalytically dead version of Cas9 (dCas9) that do not cleave DNA, but can alter gene expression and/or local chromatin states, edit single nucleotide bases, and permit the visualization of specific genomic loci...
May 15, 2018: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764585/-construction-of-ezh2-knockout-animal-model-by-crispr-cas9-technology
#16
Fanrong Meng, Dan Zhao, Qinghua Zhou, Zhe Liu
BACKGROUND: It has been proven that CRISPR/Cas9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR-associated 9) system was the modern gene-editing technology through the constitutive expression of nucleases Cas9 in the mammalian, which binds to the specific site in the genome mediated by single-guide RNA (sgRNA) at desired genomic loci. The aim of this study is that the animal model of EZH2 gene knockout was constructed using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. METHODS: In this study, we designed two single-guide RNAs targeting the Exon3 and Exon4 of EZH2 gene...
May 20, 2018: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764210/curative-ex-vivo-hepatocyte-directed-gene-editing-in-a-mouse-model-of-hereditary-tyrosinemia-type-1
#17
Caitlin VanLith, Rebekah Guthman, Clara T Nicolas, Kari Allen, Zeji Du, Dong Jin Joo, Scott L Nyberg, Joseph B Lillegard, Raymond Daniel Hickey
Hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 (HT1) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase (FAH). It has been previously shown that ex vivo hepatocyte-directed gene therapy using an integrating lentiviral vector to replace the defective Fah gene can cure liver disease in small and large animal models of HT1. In this study, we hypothesized that ex vivo hepatocyte-directed gene editing using CRISPR-Cas9 could be used to correct a mouse model of HT1, in which a single point mutation results in loss of FAH function...
May 15, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763675/efficient-genome-editing-in-fusarium-oxysporum-based-on-crispr-cas9-ribonucleoprotein-complexes
#18
Qiang Wang, Paul A Cobine, Jeffrey J Coleman
The Fusarium oxysporum species complex (FOSC) is an economically important group of pathogenic filamentous fungi that are able to infect both animals and plants. Reverse genetic techniques, including gene disruption/deletion methods, to study these fungi are available although limitations exist resulting in decreased efficiency. Herein we describe a gene editing system developed using a F. oxysporum-optimized Cas9 ribonucleoprotein (RNP) and protoplast transformation method. The Cas9 protein and sgRNA were assembled to form a stable RNP in vitro and this complex was transferred into fungal protoplasts for gene editing with PEG-mediated transformation...
May 12, 2018: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761864/high-throughput-detection-and-screening-of-plantsmodified-by-geneediting-using-quantitative-real-time-pcr
#19
Cheng Peng, Hua Wang, Xiaoli Xu, Xiaofu Wang, Xiaoyun Chen, Wei Wei, Yongmin Lai, Guoquan Liu, Godwin Ian, Jieqin Li, Ling Zhang, Junfeng Xu
Gene editing techniques are becoming powerful tools for modifying target genes in organisms. Although several methods have been developed to detect gene-edited organisms, these techniques are time- and labour-intensive. Meanwhile, few studies have investigated high-throughput detection and screening strategies for plants modified by gene editing. In this study, we developed a simple, sensitive and high-throughput quantitative real-time(qPCR)-based method. The qPCR-based methodexploits two differently labelled probes that are placed within one amplicon at the gene editing target site to simultaneously detect the wild type and a gene-edited mutant...
May 15, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760652/cadherins-interact-with-synaptic-organizers-to-promote-synaptic-differentiation
#20
Masahito Yamagata, Xin Duan, Joshua R Sanes
Classical cadherins, a set of ~20 related recognition and signaling molecules, have been implicated in many aspects of neural development, including the formation and remodeling of synapses. Mechanisms underlying some of these steps have been studied by expressing N-cadherin ( cdh2 ), a Type 1 cadherin, in heterologous cells, but analysis is complicated because widely used lines express cdh2 endogenously. We used CRISPR-mediated gene editing to generate a Human embryonic kidney (HEK)293 variant lacking Cdh2, then compared the behavior of rodent cortical and hippocampal neurons co-cultured with parental, cdh2 mutant and cdh2 -rescued 293 lines...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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