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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531199/mir-145-mediates-zebrafish-hepatic-outgrowth-through-progranulin-a-signaling
#1
Ya-Wen Li, Keng-Yu Chiang, Yen-Hsing Li, Sung-Yu Wu, Wangta Liu, Chia-Ray Lin, Jen-Leih Wu
MicroRNAs (miRs) are mRNA-regulatory molecules that fine-tune gene expression and modulate both processes of development and tumorigenesis. Our previous studies identified progranulin A (GrnA) as a growth factor which induces zebrafish hepatic outgrowth through MET signaling. We also found that miR-145 is one of potential fine-tuning regulators of GrnA involved in embryonic hepatic outgrowth. The low level of miR-145 seen in hepatocarinogenesis has been shown to promote pathological liver growth. However, little is known about the regulatory mechanism of miR-145 in embryonic liver development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495970/high-throughput-biochemical-profiling-reveals-sequence-determinants-of-dcas9-off-target-binding-and-unbinding
#2
Evan A Boyle, Johan O L Andreasson, Lauren M Chircus, Samuel H Sternberg, Michelle J Wu, Chantal K Guegler, Jennifer A Doudna, William J Greenleaf
The bacterial adaptive immune system CRISPR-Cas9 has been appropriated as a versatile tool for editing genomes, controlling gene expression, and visualizing genetic loci. To analyze Cas9's ability to bind DNA rapidly and specifically, we generated multiple libraries of potential binding partners for measuring the kinetics of nuclease-dead Cas9 (dCas9) interactions. Using a massively parallel method to quantify protein-DNA interactions on a high-throughput sequencing flow cell, we comprehensively assess the effects of combinatorial mismatches between guide RNA (gRNA) and target nucleotides, both in the seed and in more distal nucleotides, plus disruption of the protospacer adjacent motif (PAM)...
May 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492550/txnip-regulates-mitophagy-in-retinal-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-under-high-glucose-conditions-implications-for-diabetic-retinopathy
#3
Takhellambam Swornalata Devi, Mallika Somayajulu, Renu Anjan Kowluru, Lalit Pukhrambam Singh
Thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) is involved in oxidative stress and apoptosis in diabetic retinopathy. However, the role of TXNIP in the removal of damaged mitochondria (MT) via mitophagy, a process of macroautophagy, remains unexplored. Here we investigate the associated cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying mitophagy in retinal cells under diabetic conditions. For this, we maintained a rat Müller cell line (rMC1) under high-glucose (25 mM, HG) or low-glucose (5.5 mM, LG) condition for 5 days...
May 11, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462777/synthetically-modified-guide-rna-and-donor-dna-are-a-versatile-platform-for-crispr-cas9-engineering
#4
Kunwoo Lee, Vanessa A Mackley, Anirudh Rao, Anthony T Chong, Mark A Dewitt, Jacob E Corn, Niren Murthy
Chemical modification of the gRNA and donor DNA has great potential for improving the gene editing efficiency of Cas9 and Cpf1, but has not been investigated extensively. In this report, we demonstrate that the gRNAs of Cas9 and Cpf1, and donor DNA can be chemically modified at their terminal positions without losing activity. Moreover, we show that 5' fluorescently labeled donor DNA can be used as a marker to enrich HDR edited cells by a factor of two through cell sorting. In addition, we demonstrate that the gRNA and donor DNA can be directly conjugated together into one molecule, and show that this gRNA-donor DNA conjugate is three times better at transfecting cells and inducing HDR, with cationic polymers, than unconjugated gRNA and donor DNA...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456574/suppression-of-epstein-barr-virus-dna-load-in-latently-infected-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells-by-crispr-cas9
#5
Kit-San Yuen, Zhong-Min Wang, Nok-Hei Mickey Wong, Zhi-Qian Zhang, Tsz-Fung Cheng, Wai-Yin Lui, Chi-Ping Chan, Dong-Yan Jin
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects more than 90% of the world's adult population. Once established, latent infection of nasopharyngeal epithelial cells with EBV is difficult to eradicate and might lead to the development of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in a small subset of individuals. In this study we explored the anti-EBV potential of CRISPR/Cas9 targeting of EBV genome in infected NPC cells. We designed gRNAs to target different regions of the EBV genome and transfected them into C666-1 cells. The levels of EBV DNA in transfected cells were decreased by about 50%...
April 26, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455526/genome-editing-in-the-mushroom-forming-basidiomycete-coprinopsis-cinerea-optimized-by-a-high-throughput-transformation-system
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Shigeo S Sugano, Hiroko Suzuki, Eisuke Shimokita, Hirofumi Chiba, Sumihare Noji, Yuriko Osakabe, Keishi Osakabe
Mushroom-forming basidiomycetes produce a wide range of metabolites and have great value not only as food but also as an important global natural resource. Here, we demonstrate CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing in the model species Coprinopsis cinerea. Using a high-throughput reporter assay with cryopreserved protoplasts, we identified a novel promoter, CcDED1 pro , with seven times stronger activity in this assay than the conventional promoter GPD2. To develop highly efficient genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in C...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447192/rescue-of-a-wild-type-rabies-virus-from-cloned-cdna-and-assessment-of-the-proliferative-capacity-of-recombinant-viruses
#7
Qin Tian, Yifei Wang, Qiong Zhang, Jun Luo, Mingzhu Mei, Yongwen Luo, Xiaofeng Guo
Reverse genetic systems (RGS) have been widely used for fixed rabies virus (RABV) strains. However, RGS, for wild-type (wt) strains, have been seldom reported despite the value of this approach in defining the biological characteristics of these strains. In this work, we developed a wt RGS using a swine-origin RABV strain (GD-SH-01) for the first time. In order to have a better understanding of the contribution and function of individual gene on viral proliferation for wt RABV isolates, we constructed a full-length cDNA clone of GD-SH-01 and exchanged the single genes encoding RABV protein of a highly attenuated RABV strain HEP-Flury with those of the virulent strain...
April 26, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435892/dramatic-improvement-of-crispr-cas9-editing-in-candida-albicans-by-increased-single-guide-rna-expression
#8
Henry Ng, Neta Dean
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system with CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) has emerged as a versatile tool for genome editing in Candida albicans. Mounting evidence from other model systems suggests that the intracellular levels of single guide RNA (sgRNA) limit the efficiency of Cas9-dependent DNA cleavage. Here, we tested this idea and describe a new means of sgRNA delivery that improves previously described methods by ~10-fold. The efficiency of Cas9/sgRNA-dependent cleavage and repair of a single-copy yeast enhanced monomeric red fluorescent protein (RFP) gene was measured as a function of various parameters that are hypothesized to affect sgRNA accumulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional processing...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433723/elimination-of-the-cryptic-plasmid-in-leuconostoc-citreum-by-crispr-cas9-system
#9
Ye-Ji Jang, Seung-Oh Seo, Seul-Ah Kim, Ling Li, Tae-Jip Kim, Sun Chang Kim, Yong-Su Jin, Nam Soo Han
Leuconostoc spp. are important lactic acid bacteria for the fermentation of foods. In particular, L. citreum strains isolated from various foods have been used as host strains for genetic and metabolic engineering studies. In order to develop a food-grade genetic engineering system, L. citreum CB2567 was isolated from Kimchi. However, the isolated bacterium contained a cryptic plasmid which was difficult to eliminate. As the existence of the plasmid might hinder strain engineering, we eliminated the plasmid using an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease CRISPR/Cas9 system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418635/enhancing-protein-production-yield-from-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells-by-crispr-interference
#10
Chih-Che Shen, Li-Yu Sung, Shih-Yeh Lin, Mei-Wei Lin, Yu-Chen Hu
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are an important host for biopharmaceutical production. Generation of stable CHO cells typically requires cointegration of dhfr and a foreign gene into chromosomes and subsequent methotrexate (MTX) selection for coamplification of dhfr and foreign gene. CRISPR interference (CRISPRi) is an emerging system that effectively suppresses gene transcription through the coordination of dCas9 protein and guide RNA (gRNA). However, CRISPRi has yet to be exploited in CHO cells. Here we constructed vectors expressing the functional CRISPRi system and proved effective CRISPRi-mediated suppression of dhfr transcription in CHO cells...
May 9, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410976/genome-editing-via-delivery-of-cas9-ribonucleoprotein
#11
Mark DeWitt, Jacob E Corn, Dana Carroll
The CRISPR-Cas genome editing system is very powerful. The format of the CRISPR reagents and the means of delivery are often important factors in targeting efficiency. Delivery of recombinant Cas9 protein and guide RNA (gRNA) as a preformed ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex has recently emerged as a powerful and general approach to genome editing. Here we outline methods to produce and deliver Cas9 RNPs. A donor DNA carrying desired sequence changes can also be included to program precise sequence introduction or replacement...
April 11, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390761/the-aav-mediated-and-rna-guided-crispr-cas9-system-for-gene-therapy-of-dmd-and-bmd
#12
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Jing-Zhang Wang, Peng Wu, Zhi-Min Shi, Yan-Li Xu, Zhi-Jun Liu
Mutations in the dystrophin gene (Dmd) result in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), which afflict many newborn boys. In 2016, Brain and Development published several interesting articles on DMD treatment with antisense oligonucleotide, kinase inhibitor, and prednisolone. Even more strikingly, three articles in the issue 6271 of Science in 2016 provide new insights into gene therapy of DMD and BMD via the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9)...
April 5, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366931/hydrocortisone-induced-parkin-prevents-dopaminergic-cell-death-via-creb-pathway-in-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Sangwoo Ham, Yun-Il Lee, Minkyung Jo, Hyojung Kim, Hojin Kang, Areum Jo, Gum Hwa Lee, Yun Jeong Mo, Sang Chul Park, Yun Song Lee, Joo-Ho Shin, Yunjong Lee
Dysfunctional parkin due to mutations or post-translational modifications contributes to dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD). Overexpression of parkin provides protection against cellular stresses and prevents dopamine cell loss in several PD animal models. Here we performed an unbiased high-throughput luciferase screening to identify chemicals that can increase parkin expression. Among promising parkin inducers, hydrocortisone possessed the most favorable profiles including parkin induction ability, cell protection ability, and physicochemical property of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) without inducing endoplasmic reticulum stress...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356547/mechanisms-of-ips-cell-generation-and-beyond
#14
Keisuke Kaji
The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) achieved by overexpression of Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc, transformed our classical views of the cellular epigenetic landscape and delivered a new concept for cell and tissue engineering. In addition to iPSCs, several other cell types have also been generated by master transcription factor (TF)-mediated transdifferentiation. However, the critical molecular mechanisms amongst diverse cellular identity changes are not well understood. Through the investigation of reprogramming mechanisms, we recently revealed that over-expression of constitutive active Smad3 boosted not only iPSC generation, but also 3 other master TF-mediated conversions, from B cells to macrophages, myoblasts to adipocytes, and human fibroblasts to neurons...
2017: Keio Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325301/increased-expression-of-laminin-subunit-alpha-1-chain-by-dcas9-vp160
#15
Arnaud Perrin, Joël Rousseau, Jacques P Tremblay
Laminin-111 protein complex links the extracellular matrix to integrin α7β1 in sarcolemma, thus replacing in dystrophic muscles links normally insured by the dystrophin complex. Laminin-111 injection in mdx mouse stabilized sarcolemma, restored serum creatine kinase to wild-type levels, and protected muscles from exercised-induced damages. These results suggested that increased laminin-111 is a potential therapy for DMD. Laminin subunit beta 1 and laminin subunit gamma 1 are expressed in adult human muscle, but laminin subunit alpha 1 (LAMA1) gene is expressed only during embryogenesis...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303677/examination-of-crispr-cas9-design-tools-and-the-effect-of-target-site-accessibility-on-cas9-activity
#16
Ciaran M Lee, Timothy H Davis, Gang Bao
The recent adaptation of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted genome engineering has led to its widespread applications in many fields worldwide. In order to better understand the design rules of CRISPR/Cas9 systems, several groups have carried out large library-based screens leading to some insight into sequence preferences among highly active target sites. To facilitate CRISPR/Cas9 design these studies have spawned a plethora of gRNA design tools with algorithms based solely on direct or indirect sequence features...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298224/transcriptional-reprogramming-in-yeast-using-dcas9-and-combinatorial-grna-strategies
#17
Emil D Jensen, Raphael Ferreira, Tadas Jakočiūnas, Dushica Arsovska, Jie Zhang, Ling Ding, Justin D Smith, Florian David, Jens Nielsen, Michael K Jensen, Jay D Keasling
BACKGROUND: Transcriptional reprogramming is a fundamental process of living cells in order to adapt to environmental and endogenous cues. In order to allow flexible and timely control over gene expression without the interference of native gene expression machinery, a large number of studies have focused on developing synthetic biology tools for orthogonal control of transcription. Most recently, the nuclease-deficient Cas9 (dCas9) has emerged as a flexible tool for controlling activation and repression of target genes, by the simple RNA-guided positioning of dCas9 in the vicinity of the target gene transcription start site...
March 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279800/crispr-cas9-system-driven-site-specific-selection-pressure-on-herpes-simplex-virus-genomes
#18
Zhihua Li, Yanwei Bi, Hongjian Xiao, Le Sun, Yuan Ren, Yadong Li, Chen Chen, Wei Cun
The CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9) system has been widely used for viral genome editing, transcription regulation and chromosomal localization in eukaryotic cells. In this study, a guide RNA (gRNA) that specifically recognizes HSV-1 viral genomes was used in the CRISPR-Cas9 system to inhibit viral replication. This inhibition could be achieved with both wild type Cas9 protein and Cas9 nickase (D10A). By targeting viral genomes containing sequences recognized by the gRNA, the CRISPR-Cas9 system distinguished between different viral genome sequences and provided single nucleotide-specific selection pressure to significantly change the proportions of viruses in a mixed viral pool...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263296/guidescan-software-for-improved-single-and-paired-crispr-guide-rna-design
#19
Alexendar R Perez, Yuri Pritykin, Joana A Vidigal, Sagar Chhangawala, Lee Zamparo, Christina S Leslie, Andrea Ventura
We present GuideScan software for the design of CRISPR guide RNA libraries that can be used to edit coding and noncoding genomic regions. GuideScan produces high-density sets of guide RNAs (gRNAs) for single- and paired-gRNA genome-wide screens. We also show that the trie data structure of GuideScan enables the design of gRNAs that are more specific than those designed by existing tools.
April 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258147/genome-editing-in-clostridium-saccharoperbutylacetonicum-n1-4-with-the-crispr-cas9-system
#20
Shaohua Wang, Sheng Dong, Pixiang Wang, Yong Tao, Yi Wang
Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum N1-4 is well known as a hyper-butanol-producing strain. However, the lack of genetic engineering tools hinders further elucidation of its solvent production mechanism and development of more robust strains. In this study, we set out to develop an efficient genome engineering system for this microorganism based on the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated 9 (CRISPR-Cas9) system. First, the functionality of the CRISPR-Cas9 system previously customized for Clostridium beijerinckii was evaluated in C...
May 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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