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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938067/a-single-chain-photoswitchable-crispr-cas9-architecture-for-light-inducible-gene-editing-and-transcription
#1
Xin X Zhou, Xinzhi Zou, Hokyung K Chung, Yuchen Gao, Yanxia Liu, Lei S Qi, Michael Z Lin
Optical control of CRISPR-Cas9-derived proteins would be useful for restricting gene editing or transcriptional regulation to desired times and places. Optical control of Cas9 functions has been achieved with photouncageable unnatural amino acids or by using light-induced protein interactions to reconstitute Cas9-mediated functions from two polypeptides. However, these methods have only been applied to one Cas9 species and have not been used for optical control of different perturbations at two genes. Here, we use photodissociable dimeric fluorescent protein domains to engineer single-chain photoswitchable Cas9 (ps-Cas9) proteins in which the DNA-binding cleft is occluded at baseline and opened upon illumination...
September 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937406/tolerance-in-xenotransplantation
#2
Kazuhiko Yamada, Megan Sykes, David H Sachs
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes recent progress in tolerance-inducing strategies across xenogeneic immunological barriers as well as the potential benefit of a tolerance strategy for islets and kidney xenotransplantation. RECENT FINDINGS: Using advanced gene editing technologies, xenotransplantation from multitransgenic alpha-1,3-galactosyltransferase knockout pigs has demonstrated marked prolongation of renal xenograft survival, ranging from days to greater than several months for life-supporting kidneys, and more than 2 years in a heterotopic nonlife-supporting cardiac xenograft model...
September 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933359/a-prospective-treatment-option-for-lysosomal-storage-diseases-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-technology-for-mutation-correction-in-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#3
REVIEW
Chloe L Christensen, Francis Y M Choy
Ease of design, relatively low cost and a multitude of gene-altering capabilities have all led to the adoption of the sophisticated and yet simple gene editing system: clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (CRISPR/Cas9). The CRISPR/Cas9 system holds promise for the correction of deleterious mutations by taking advantage of the homology directed repair pathway and by supplying a correction template to the affected patient's cells. Currently, this technique is being applied in vitro in human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to correct a variety of severe genetic diseases, but has not as of yet been used in iPSCs derived from patients affected with a lysosomal storage disease (LSD)...
February 24, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932650/gene-editing-gene-therapy-and-cell-xenotransplantation-cell-transplantation-across-species
#4
REVIEW
Nizar I Mourad, Pierre Gianello
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cell xenotransplantation has the potential to provide a safe, ethically acceptable, unlimited source for cell replacement therapies. This review focuses on genetic modification strategies aimed to overcome remaining hurdles standing in the way of clinical porcine islet transplantation and to develop neural cell xenotransplantation. RECENT FINDINGS: In addition to previously described genetic modifications aimed to mitigate hyperacute rejection, instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction, and cell-mediated rejection, new data showing the possibility of increasing porcine islet insulin secretion by transgenesis is an interesting addition to the array of genetically modified pigs available for xenotransplantation...
2017: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931561/genetic-mimetics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-as-verification-standards-for-molecular-diagnostics
#5
Edith Erika Machowski, Bavesh Davandra Kana
Molecular diagnostics have revolutionized the management of health care through enhanced detection of disease or infection and effective engagement into care. In recognition of this, the World Health Organization approved the rollout out of nucleic acid amplification technologies for identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis using platforms such as GeneXpert MTB/RIF, the GenoType MTBDRplus Line Probe Assay and more recently, GeneXpert MTB/RIF Ultra. These assays can simultaneously detect tuberculosis infection and assess rifampicin resistance...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928381/crispr-cas9-induced-targeted-mutagenesis-and-gene-replacement-to-generate-long-shelf-life-tomato-lines
#6
Qing-Hui Yu, Baike Wang, Ning Li, Yaping Tang, Shengbao Yang, Tao Yang, Juan Xu, Chunmiao Guo, Peng Yan, Qiang Wang, Patiguli Asmutola
Quickly and precisely gain genetically enhanced breeding elites with value-adding performance traits is desired by the crop breeders all the time. The present of gene editing technologies, especially the CRISPR/Cas9 system with the capacities of efficiency, versatility and multiplexing provides a reasonable expectation towards breeding goals. For exploiting possible application to accelerate the speed of process at breeding by CRISPR/Cas9 technology, in this study, the Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated CRISPR/Cas9 system transformation method was used for obtaining tomato ALC gene mutagenesis and replacement, in absence and presence of the homologous repair template...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928245/evi-and-mds-evi-are-required-for-adult-intestinal-stem-cell-formation-during-postembryonic-vertebrate-development
#7
Morihiro Okada, Yun-Bo Shi
The gene ectopic viral integration site 1 (EVI) and its variant myelodysplastic syndrome 1 (MDS)/EVI encode zinc-finger proteins that have been recognized as important oncogenes in various types of cancer. In contrast to the established role of EVI and MDS/EVI in cancer development, their potential function during vertebrate postembryonic development, especially in organ-specific adult stem cells, is unclear. Amphibian metamorphosis is strikingly similar to postembryonic development around birth in mammals, with both processes taking place when plasma thyroid hormone (T3) levels are high...
September 19, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926145/a-crispr-reimagining-new-twists-and-turns-of-crispr-beyond-the-genome-engineering-revolution
#8
Robert J Plummer, Yi Guo, Ying Peng
Despite its explosive applications in genome engineering, CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats) has been developed into a versatile tool beyond its well-known nuclease function. In this prospect article, we summarize a few exciting "off-label" applications of CRISPR including manipulating DNA sequences, visualizing chromosomal loci in living cells, and modulating transcription and chromatin structures. These novel applications will likely elevate CRISPR tools into yet another level of sophistication and diversity, leading to many more exciting cell biological discoveries...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919655/the-ethics-of-germline-gene-editing
#9
Christopher Gyngell, Thomas Douglas, Julian Savulescu
Germline Gene Editing (GGE) has enormous potential both as a research tool and a therapeutic intervention. While other types of gene editing are relatively uncontroversial, GGE has been strongly resisted. In this article, we analyse the ethical arguments for and against pursuing GGE by allowing and funding its development. We argue there is a strong case for pursuing GGE for the prevention of disease. We then examine objections that have been raised against pursuing GGE and argue that these fail. We conclude that the moral case in favour of pursuing GGE is stronger than the case against...
August 2017: Journal of Applied Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918056/the-therapeutic-potential-of-crispr-cas9-systems-in-oncogene-addicted-cancer-types-virally-driven-cancers-as-a-model-system
#10
REVIEW
Luqman Jubair, Nigel A J McMillan
The field of gene editing is undergoing unprecedented growth. The first ex vivo human clinical trial in China started in 2016, more than 1000 US patents have been filed, and there is exponential growth in publications. The ability to edit genes with high fidelity is promising for the development of new treatments for a range of diseases, particularly inherited conditions, infectious diseases, and cancers. For cancer, a major issue is the identification of driver mutations and oncogenes to target for therapeutic effect, and this requires the development of robust models with which to prove their efficacy...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918053/ush2a-gene-editing-using-the-crispr-system
#11
Carla Fuster-García, Gema García-García, Elisa González-Romero, Teresa Jaijo, María D Sequedo, Carmen Ayuso, Rafael P Vázquez-Manrique, José M Millán, Elena Aller
Usher syndrome (USH) is a rare autosomal recessive disease and the most common inherited form of combined visual and hearing impairment. Up to 13 genes are associated with this disorder, with USH2A being the most prevalent, due partially to the recurrence rate of the c.2299delG mutation. Excluding hearing aids or cochlear implants for hearing impairment, there are no medical solutions available to treat USH patients. The repair of specific mutations by gene editing is, therefore, an interesting strategy that can be explored using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918044/targeted-disruption-of-v600e-mutant-braf-gene-by-crispr-cpf1
#12
Meijia Yang, Heng Wei, Yuelong Wang, Jiaojiao Deng, Yani Tang, Liangxue Zhou, Gang Guo, Aiping Tong
BRAF-V600E (1799T > A) is one of the most frequently reported driver mutations in multiple types of cancers, and patients with such mutations could benefit from selectively inactivating the mutant allele. Near this mutation site, there are two TTTN and one NGG protospacer-adjacent motifs (PAMs) for Cpf1 and Cas9 CRISPR nucleases, respectively. The 1799T > A substitution also leads to the occurrence of a novel NGNG PAM for the EQR variant of Cas9. We examined the editing efficacy and selectivity of Cpf1, Cas9, and EQR variant to this mutation site...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918012/gene-editing-with-helper-dependent-adenovirus-can-efficiently-introduce-multiple-changes-simultaneously-over-a-large-genomic-region
#13
Donna J Palmer, Nathan C Grove, Dustin L Turner, Philip Ng
Helper-dependent adenoviral vectors (HDAds) possess long homology arms that mediate high-efficiency gene editing. These long homology arms may permit simultaneous introduction of multiple modifications into a large genomic region or may permit a single HDAd to correct many different individual mutations spread widely across a gene. We investigated this important potential using an HDAd bearing 13 genetic markers in the region of homology to the target CFTR locus in human iPSCs and found that all markers can be simultaneously introduced into the target locus, with the two farthest markers being 22...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917642/efficient-gene-editing-via-non-viral-delivery-of-crispr-cas9-system-using-polymeric-and-hybrid-microcarriers
#14
Alexander S Timin, Albert R Muslimov, Kirill V Lepik, Olga S Epifanovskaya, Alena I Shakirova, Ulrike Mock, Kristoffer Riecken, Maria V Okilova, Vladislav S Sergeev, Boris V Afanasyev, Boris Fehse, Gleb B Sukhorukov
CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary genome-editing technology that has enormous potential for the treatment of genetic diseases. However, the lack of efficient and safe, non-viral delivery systems has hindered its clinical application. Here, we report on the application of polymeric and hybrid microcarriers, made of degradable polymers such as polypeptides and polysaccharides and modified by silica shell, for delivery of all CRISPR-Cas9 components. We found that these microcarriers mediate more efficient transfection than a commercially available liposome-based transfection reagent (>70% vs...
September 13, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915335/ecm-related-myopathies-and-muscular-dystrophies-pros-and-cons-of-protein-therapies
#15
Pam M Van Ry, Tatiana M Fontelonga, Pamela Barraza-Flores, Apurva Sarathy, Andreia M Nunes, Dean J Burkin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) myopathies and muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases caused by mutations in genes encoding proteins that provide critical links between muscle cells and the extracellular matrix. These include structural proteins of the ECM, muscle cell receptors, enzymes, and intracellular proteins. Loss of adhesion within the myomatrix results in progressive muscle weakness. For many ECM muscular dystrophies, symptoms can occur any time after birth and often result in reduced life expectancy...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911805/delivery-strategies-of-the-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-system-for-therapeutic-applications
#16
REVIEW
Chang Liu, Li Zhang, Hao Liu, Kun Cheng
The CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing system is a part of the adaptive immune system in archaea and bacteria to defend against invasive nucleic acids from phages and plasmids. The single guide RNA (sgRNA) of the system recognizes its target sequence in the genome, and the Cas9 nuclease of the system acts as a pair of scissors to cleave the double strands of DNA. Since its discovery, CRISPR-Cas9 has become the most robust platform for genome engineering in eukaryotic cells. Recently, the CRISPR-Cas9 system has triggered enormous interest in therapeutic applications...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910979/crispr-cas9-based-efficient-genome-editing-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#17
Qi Liu, Yu Jiang, Lei Shao, Ping Yang, Bingbing Sun, Sheng Yang, Daijie Chen
Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogenic bacterium prevalent in nosocomial infections and associated with high morbidity and mortality rates, which arise from the significant pathogenicity and multi-drug resistance. However, the typical genetic manipulation tools used to explore the relevant molecular mechanisms of S. aureus have multiple limitations: leaving a scar in the genome, comparatively low gene-editing efficiency, and prolonged experimental period. Here, we present a single-plasmid based on the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) system which allows rapid and efficient chromosomal manipulation in S...
September 1, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905451/gene-edited-human-kidney-organoids-reveal-mechanisms-of-disease-in-podocyte-development
#18
Yong Kyun Kim, Ido Refaeli, Craig R Brooks, Peifeng Jing, Ramila E Gulieva, Michael R Hughes, Nelly M Cruz, Yannan Liu, Angela J Churchill, Yuliang Wang, Hongxia Fu, Jeffrey W Pippin, Lih Y Lin, Stuart J Shankland, A Wayne Vogl, Kelly M McNagny, Benjamin S Freedman
A critical event during kidney organogenesis is the differentiation of podocytes, specialized epithelial cells that filter blood plasma to form urine. Podocytes derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC-podocytes) have recently been generated in nephron-like kidney organoids, but the developmental stage of these cells and their capacity to reveal disease mechanisms remains unclear. Here we show that hPSC-podocytes phenocopy mammalian podocytes at the capillary loop stage (CLS), recapitulating key features of ultrastructure, gene expression, and mutant phenotype...
September 14, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901971/xenotransplantation-past-present-and-future
#19
Burcin Ekser, Ping Li, David K C Cooper
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the progress in the field of xenotransplantation with special attention to most recent encouraging findings which will eventually bring xenotransplantation to the clinic in the near future. RECENT FINDINGS: Starting from early 2000, with the introduction of galactose-α1,3-galactose (Gal)-knockout pigs, prolonged survival especially in heart and kidney xenotransplantation was recorded. However, remaining antibody barriers to non-Gal antigens continue to be the hurdle to overcome...
September 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900124/using-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-to-further-explore-growth-and-trade-off-effects-in-myostatin-mutated-f4-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#20
Ying-Chun Yeh, Masato Kinoshita, Tze Hann Ng, Yu-Hsuan Chang, Shun Maekawa, Yi-An Chiang, Takashi Aoki, Han-Ching Wang
Myostatin (MSTN) suppresses skeletal muscle development and growth in mammals, but its role in fish is less well understood. Here we used CRISPR/Cas9 to mutate the MSTN gene in medaka (Oryzias latipes) and evaluate subsequent growth performance. We produced mutant F0 fish that carried different frameshifts in the OlMSTN coding sequence and confirmed the heritability of the mutant genotypes to the F1 generation. Two F1 fish with the same heterozygous frame-shifted genomic mutations (a 22 bp insertion in one allele; a 32 bp insertion in the other) were then crossbred to produce subsequent generations (F2~F5)...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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