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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731201/a-technological-and-regulatory-outlook-on-crispr-crop-editing
#1
Rea Globus, Udi Qimron
Generating plants with increased yields while maintaining low production and maintenance costs is highly important since plants are the major food source for humans and animals, as well as important producers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. Gene editing approaches, particularly the CRISPR-Cas system, are the preferred methods for improving crops, enabling quick, robust, and accurate gene manipulation. Nevertheless, new breeds of genetically-modified crops have initiated substantial debates concerning their biosafety, commercial use, and regulation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730142/taming-parasites-by-tailoring-them
#2
Bingjian Ren, Nishith Gupta
The next-generation gene editing based on CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has been successfully implemented in a wide range of organisms including some protozoan parasites. However, application of such a versatile game-changing technology in molecular parasitology remains fairly underexplored. Here, we briefly introduce state-of-the-art in human and mouse research and usher new directions to drive the parasitology research in the years to come. In precise, we outline contemporary ways to embolden existing apicomplexan and kinetoplastid parasite models by commissioning front-line gene-tailoring methods, and illustrate how we can break the enduring gridlock of gene manipulation in non-model parasitic protists to tackle intriguing questions that remain long unresolved otherwise...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729655/a-crispr-cas9-guidance-rna-screen-platform-for-hiv-provirus-disruption-and-hiv-aids-gene-therapy-in-astrocytes
#3
Zaohua Huang, Madahavan Nair
HIV/AIDS remains a major health threat despite significant advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV infection. The major reason is the inability of existing treatments to eradicate the multiple HIV reservoirs in the human body, including astrocytes in the human brain. CRISPR/Cas9 system is an emerging gene-editing technique with the potential to eliminate or disrupt HIV provirus in HIV reservoir cells, which may lead to a complete cure of HIV/AIDS. The key components of CRISPR/Cas9 are guide RNAs (gRNAs) which determine specific sequence targeting of DNAs...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729543/evaluation-of-atm-heterozygous-mutations-underlying-individual-differences-in-radiosensitivity-using-genome-editing-in-human-cultured-cells
#4
Ekaterina Royba, Tatsuo Miyamoto, Silvia Natsuko Akutsu, Kosuke Hosoba, Hiroshi Tauchi, Yoshiki Kudo, Satoshi Tashiro, Takashi Yamamoto, Shinya Matsuura
Ionizing radiation (IR) induces DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), which are an initial step towards chromosomal aberrations and cell death. It has been suggested that there are individual differences in radiosensitivity within human populations, and that the variations in DNA repair genes might determine this heterogeneity. However, it is difficult to quantify the effect of genetic variants on the individual differences in radiosensitivity, since confounding factors such as smoking and the diverse genetic backgrounds within human populations affect radiosensitivity...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723575/crispr-mediated-integration-of-large-gene-cassettes-using-aav-donor-vectors
#5
Rasmus O Bak, Matthew H Porteus
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has recently been shown to facilitate high levels of precise genome editing using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to serve as donor template DNA during homologous recombination (HR). However, the maximum AAV packaging capacity of ∼4.5 kb limits the donor size. Here, we overcome this constraint by showing that two co-transduced AAV vectors can serve as donors during consecutive HR events for the integration of large transgenes. Importantly, the method involves a single-step procedure applicable to primary cells with relevance to therapeutic genome editing...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720717/sting-is-an-essential-mediator-of-the-ku70-mediated-production-of-ifn-%C3%AE-1-in-response-to-exogenous-dna
#6
Hongyan Sui, Ming Zhou, Hiromi Imamichi, Xiaoli Jiao, Brad T Sherman, H Clifford Lane, Tomozumi Imamichi
We previously identified Ku70, a subunit of a DNA repair protein complex, as a cytosolic DNA sensor that induces the production of interferon-λ1 (IFN-λ1) by human primary cells and cell lines. IFN-λ1 is a type III IFN and has similar antiviral activity to that of the type I IFNs (IFN-α and IFN-β). We observed that human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293T cells, which are deficient in the innate immune adaptor protein STING (stimulator of IFN genes), did not produce IFN-λ1 in response to DNA unless they were reconstituted with STING...
July 18, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717061/apobec-mediated-genomic-alterations-link-immunity-and-viral-infection-during-human-papillomavirus-driven-cervical-carcinogenesis
#7
Lanting Chen, Xuemin Qiu, Na Zhang, Yan Wang, Mingyan Wang, Dajin Li, Ling Wang, Yan Du
Cervical cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and is a major cause of death from gynecologic cancers worldwide; the cancer burden from cervical cancer is especially heavy in less developed countries. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by persistent infection with carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes 16 and 18. Non-resolving inflammation caused by HPV infection provides a microenvironment that facilitates cancer development. Molecular alterations during the process of HPV-induced carcinogenesis are characterized by DNA methylation within the HPV genome, promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes in the host genome, as well as genomic instability caused by viral DNA integrating into the host genome...
July 17, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716651/significance-of-a-to-i-rna-editing-of-transcripts-modulating-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics
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REVIEW
Masataka Nakano, Miki Nakajima
RNA editing is a post-transcriptional process that alters the nucleotide sequence of RNA transcripts to generate transcriptome diversity. Among the various types of RNA editing, adenosine-to-inosine (A-to-I) RNA editing is the most frequent type of RNA editing in mammals. Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes, ADAR1 and ADAR2, convert adenosines in double-stranded RNA structures into inosines by hydrolytic deamination. Inosine forms a base pair with cytidine as if it were guanosine; therefore, the conversion may affect the amino acid sequence, splicing, microRNA targeting, and miRNA maturation...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716088/loss-of-dip2c-in-rko-cells-stimulates-changes-in-dna-methylation-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Chatarina Larsson, Muhammad Akhtar Ali, Tatjana Pandzic, Anders M Lindroth, Liqun He, Tobias Sjöblom
BACKGROUND: The disco-interacting protein 2 homolog C (DIP2C) gene is an uncharacterized gene found mutated in a subset of breast and lung cancers. To understand the role of DIP2C in tumour development we studied the gene in human cancer cells. METHODS: We engineered human DIP2C knockout cells by genome editing in cancer cells. The growth properties of the engineered cells were characterised and transcriptome and methylation analyses were carried out to identify pathways deregulated by inactivation of DIP2C...
July 17, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714864/an-erythroid-specific-atp2b4-enhancer-mediates-red-blood-cell-hydration-and-malaria-susceptibility
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Samuel Lessard, Emily Stern Gatof, Mélissa Beaudoin, Patrick G Schupp, Falak Sher, Adnan Ali, Sukhpal Prehar, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Esther Baena, Jonathan Ledoux, Delvac Oceandy, Daniel E Bauer, Guillaume Lettre
The lack of mechanistic explanations for many genotype-phenotype associations identified by GWAS precludes thorough assessment of their impact on human health. Here, we conducted an expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) mapping analysis in erythroblasts and found erythroid-specific eQTLs for ATP2B4, the main calcium ATPase of red blood cells (rbc). The same SNPs were previously associated with mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) and susceptibility to severe malaria infection. We showed that Atp2b4-/- mice demonstrate increased MCHC, confirming ATP2B4 as the causal gene at this GWAS locus...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710417/talen-based-hpv-e7-editing-triggers-necrotic-cell-death-in-cervical-cancer-cells
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Sumitra Shankar, Deepti Prasad, Rahul Sanawar, Ani V Das, M Radhakrishna Pillai
Human Papillomavirus E7 and E6 oncoproteins have been considered as suitable candidate anti-viral targets since they cause malignant conversion in cervical cancers. Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases (TALENs) are recent editing tools to knockout genes by inducing double stranded breaks at specific sites in the genome. In here, we have designed specific TALENs to target E7 and analyzed their efficiency in inducing cell death in cervical cancer cells. We found that designed TALENs could yield about 10-12% editing activity as observed from T7E1 and nuclease resistance assays...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706995/disabling-cas9-by-an-anti-crispr-dna-mimic
#12
Jiyung Shin, Fuguo Jiang, Jun-Jie Liu, Nicolas L Bray, Benjamin J Rauch, Seung Hyun Baik, Eva Nogales, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Jacob E Corn, Jennifer A Doudna
CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas9 gene editing technology is derived from a microbial adaptive immune system, where bacteriophages are often the intended target. Natural inhibitors of CRISPR-Cas9 enable phages to evade immunity and show promise in controlling Cas9-mediated gene editing in human cells. However, the mechanism of CRISPR-Cas9 inhibition is not known, and the potential applications for Cas9 inhibitor proteins in mammalian cells have not been fully established...
July 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695888/somatic-chromosomal-engineering-identifies-bcan-ntrk1-as-a-potent-glioma-driver-and-therapeutic-target
#13
Peter J Cook, Rozario Thomas, Ram Kannan, Esther Sanchez de Leon, Alexander Drilon, Marc K Rosenblum, Maurizio Scaltriti, Robert Benezra, Andrea Ventura
The widespread application of high-throughput sequencing methods is resulting in the identification of a rapidly growing number of novel gene fusions caused by tumour-specific chromosomal rearrangements, whose oncogenic potential remains unknown. Here we describe a strategy that builds upon recent advances in genome editing and combines ex vivo and in vivo chromosomal engineering to rapidly and effectively interrogate the oncogenic potential of genomic rearrangements identified in human brain cancers. We show that one such rearrangement, an microdeletion resulting in a fusion between Brevican (BCAN) and Neurotrophic Receptor Tyrosine Kinase 1 (NTRK1), is a potent oncogenic driver of high-grade gliomas and confers sensitivity to the experimental TRK inhibitor entrectinib...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695282/host-genetic-variation-and-hiv-disease-from-mapping-to-mechanism
#14
REVIEW
Vivek Naranbhai, Mary Carrington
This review aims to provide a summary of current knowledge of host genetic effects on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease. Mapping of simple single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) has been largely successful in HIV, but more complex genetic associations involving haplotypic or epigenetic variation, for example, remain elusive. Mechanistic insights explaining SNP associations are incomplete, but continue to be forthcoming. The number of robust immunogenetic correlates of HIV is modest and their discovery mostly predates the genome-wide era...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694259/high-efficiency-non-mosaic-crispr-mediated-knock-in-and-mutations-in-f0-xenopus
#15
Yetki Aslan, Emmanuel Tadjuidje, Aaron M Zorn, Sang-Wook Cha
The revolution in CRISPR-mediated genome editing has enabled the mutation and insertion of virtually any DNA sequence, particularly in cell culture where selection can be used to recover relatively rare homologous recombination events. The efficient use of this technology in animal models still presents a number of challenges including the time to establish mutant lines, mosaic gene editing in founder animals, and low homologous recombination rates. Here we report a method for CRISPR-mediated genome editing in Xenopus oocytes with homology-dependent repair (HDR) that provides efficient non-mosaic targeted insertion of small DNA fragments of 40-50 nucleotides, in 4...
July 10, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693896/crucial-motifs-and-residues-in-the-extracellular-loops-influence-the-formation-and-specificity-of-connexin-docking
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REVIEW
Donglin Bai, Benny Yue, Hiroshi Aoyama
Most of the early studies on gap junction (GJ) channel function and docking compatibility were on rodent connexins, while recent research on GJ channels gradually shifted from rodent to human connexins largely due to the fact that mutations in many human connexin genes are found to associate with inherited human diseases. The studies on human connexins have revealed some key differences from those found in rodents, calling for a comprehensive characterization of human GJ channels. Functional studies revealed that docking and formation of functional GJ channels between two hemichannels are possible only between docking-compatible connexins...
July 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677529/generation-and-characterization-of-a-human-ipsc-cell-line-expressing-inducible-cas9-in-the-safe-harbor-aavs1-locus
#17
Julio Castaño, Clara Bueno, Senda Jiménez-Delgado, Heleia Roca-Ho, Mario F Fraga, Agustín F Fernandez, Mahito Nakanishi, Raúl Torres-Ruiz, Sandra Rodríguez-Perales, Pablo Menéndez
We report the generation-characterization of a fetal liver (FL) B-cell progenitor (BCP)-derived human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) line CRISPR/Cas9-edited to carry/express a single copy of doxycycline-inducible Cas9 gene in the "safe locus" AAVS1 (iCas9-FL-BCP-hiPSC). Gene-edited iPSCs remained pluripotent after CRISPR/Cas9 genome-edition. Correct genomic integration of a unique copy of Cas9 was confirmed by PCR and Southern blot. Cas9 was robustly and specifically expressed on doxycycline exposure...
May 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676762/personalized-or-precision-medicine-the-example-of-cystic-fibrosis
#18
REVIEW
Fernando A L Marson, Carmen S Bertuzzo, José D Ribeiro
The advent of the knowledge on human genetics, by the identification of disease-associated variants, culminated in the understanding of human variability. With the genetic knowledge, the specificity of the clinical phenotype and the drug response of each individual were understood. Using the cystic fibrosis (CF) as an example, the new terms that emerged such as personalized medicine and precision medicine can be characterized. The genetic knowledge in CF is broad and the presence of a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene enables the phenotype-genotype association studies (including the response to drugs), considering the wide clinical and laboratory spectrum dependent on the mutual action of genotype, environment, and lifestyle...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662750/viral-vector-biosafety-in-laboratory-animal-research
#19
Dalis E Collins, Jon D Reuter, Howard G Rush, Jason S Villano
Viral vector research presents unique occupational health and safety challenges to institutions due to the rapid development of both in vivo and in vitro gene-editing technologies. Risks to human and animal health make it incumbent on institutions to appropriately evaluate viral vector usage in research on the basis of available information and governmental regulations and guidelines. Here we review the factors related to risk assessment regarding viral vector usage in animals and the relevant regulatory documents associated with this research, and we highlight the most commonly used viral vectors in research today...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659276/klf1-drives-the-expression-of-fetal-hemoglobin-in-british-hpfh
#20
Beeke Wienert, Gabriella E Martyn, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Kate G R Quinlan, Merlin Crossley
β-hemoglobinopathies are amongst the most common single locus inherited diseases. In this condition high fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels have been found to be beneficial and boosting fetal hemoglobin expression is seen as an attractive therapy. Naturally occurring mutations in the fetal globin promoter can result in high HbF persisting into adulthood in a benign condition known as Hereditary Persistence of Fetal Hemoglobin (HPFH). Individuals with one form of HPFH, British HPFH, carry a T to C substitution at position -198 of the fetal globin gene promoter...
June 28, 2017: Blood
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