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Cell Journal [Yakhteh]. 2017; 18 (4): 565-581
in English | IMEMR | ID: emr-185782


Objective: Induced pluripotent stem cells are generated from somatic cells by direct reprogramming. These reprogrammed pluripotent cells have different applications in biomedical fields such as regenerative medicine. Although viral vectors are widely used for efficient reprogramming, they have limited applications in the clinic due to the risk for immunogenicity and insertional mutagenesis. Accordingly, we designed and developed a small, non-integrating plasmid named pLENSO/Zeo as a 2A-mediated polycistronic expression vector

Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, we developed a single plasmid which includes a single expression cassette containing open reading frames of human LIN28, NANOG, SOX2 and OCT4 along with an EGFP reporter gene. Each reprogramming factor is separated by an intervening sequence that encodes a 2A self-processing peptide. The reprogramming cassette is located downstream of a CMV promoter. The vector is easily propagated in the E. coli GT115 strain through a CpG-depleted vector backbone. We evaluated the stability of the constructed vector bioinformatically, and its ability to stoichiometric expression of the reprogramming factors using quantitative molecular methods analysis after transient transfection into HEK293 cells

Results: In the present study, we developed a nonviral episomal vector named pLENSO/Zeo. Our results demonstrated the general structural stability of the plasmid DNA. This relatively small vector showed concomitant, high-level expression of the four reprogramming factors with similar titers, which are considered as the critical parameters for efficient and consistent reprogramming

Conclusion: According to our experimental results, this stable extrachromosomal plasmid expresses reliable amounts of four reprogramming factors simultaneously. Consequently, these promising results encouraged us to evaluate the capability of pLENSO/Zeo as a simple and feasible tool for generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from primary cells in the future

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells , CpG Islands , Plasmids/genetics , Bacteria/genetics
IJB-Iranian Journal of Biotechnology. 2014; 12 (4): 1-9
in English | IMEMR | ID: emr-171398


PhiC31 integrase system provides a new platform in various felid of research, mainly in gene therapy and creation of transgenic animals. This system enables integration of exogenous DNA into preferred locations in mammalian genomes, which results in robust, long-term expression of the integrated transgene. Identification of a novel pseudo attP site. Genomic DNA was extracted from primary bovine fetal fibroblast cells, which were stably trans-fected with EGFP and phiC31 integrase cDNAs carrying vectors. An inverse PCR was carried out for production of mini-circle DNAs and followed by sequencing. A new specific pseudo attP site termed BF5 was identified in bovine genome. This site is located in an intergenic AT rich region on chromosome 5 with similar features of other mammalian attP pseudo sites. Furthermore, direct sequencing of generated attL site confirmed that site-specific transgene recombination was occurred at this site. This finding confirmed that phiC31 integrase could be feasible for production of transgenic animals for biotechnological applications

AJMB-Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology. 2013; 5 (1): 2-9
in English | IMEMR | ID: emr-127550


The transcription factor Oct-4, is an important marker of undifferentiating level and a key regulating factor for maintenance of pluripotency in cells. Establishment of an Oct-4 promoter-based reporter ystem is an appropriate tool for monitoring the differentiation of embryonic stem cells both in vivo and in vitro. In the present study, we report construction of a recombinant vector, pDB2 Oct4 promoter/EGFP, in which expression of Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein [EGFP] was controlled by the mouse Oct-4 promoter. In transfected mouse embryonic stem cells with this vector, EGFP was predicted to be specifically expressed in pluripotency state. After transfection, high-level expression of EGFP under the control of Oct-4 promoter was observed in manipulated embryonic stem cells. Thus, our new cellular reporter showed that both the properties of embryonic cells and expression the EGFP could be of great help in studying the differentiating and reprogramming mechanisms of mESCs

Animals, Laboratory , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Pluripotent Stem Cells , Embryonic Stem Cells , Mice
Cell Journal [Yakhteh]. 2013; 14 (4): 264-269
in English | IMEMR | ID: emr-140460


The aim of present study was cloning and expression of phiC31 integrase cDNA in a bacterial expression vector. Thus, an intra molecular assay vector was applied to show in vitro activity of recombinant protein. In this experimental study, phiC31 cDNA was subcloned into a prokaryotic expression vector and transformed into E.coli Bl21 [DE3]. Recombinant phiC31 integrase was purified form the bacterial cell lysates and its activity was verified by an in vitro functional assessment. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis [SDS-PAGE] of the purified phiC31 integrase confirmed the size of protein [70 kDa]. Finally, the functionality of purified phiC31 integrase was verified. The results of this study indicated that the purified integrase has a great potential application for in vitro site-specific integration

Integrases , DNA, Complementary , Cloning, Organism , Genetic Vectors , Gene Expression , DNA Nucleotidyltransferases , Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel , Polymerase Chain Reaction
Yakhteh Medical Journal. 2010; 12 (2): 207-214
in Fa, English | IMEMR | ID: emr-98591


The aim of this study was to produce a stable CHO cell line expressing tenecteplase. In the first step, the tenecteplase coding sequence was cloned in a pDB2 vector containing attB recognition sites for the phage phi C31 integrase. Then, using lipofection, the CHO cells were co-transfected with constructed recombinant plasmid encoding tenecteplase and attB recognition sites and the integrase coding sequence containing pCMV-Int plasmid. As the recombinant plasmid contained the neomycin resistance gene [neo], stable cells were then selected using G418 as an antibiotic. Stable transformed cells were assessed using genomic PCR and RT-PCR. Finally, the functionality of tenecteplase was evaluated on the cell culture media. our results indicated that tenecteplase coding sequence was inserted into the CHO cell genome and was successfully expressed. Moreover, tenecteplase activity assessment indicated the presence of our functional tenecteplase in the cell culture medium. Considering the data obtained from this study, phi C31 integrase can be used for the production of a stable cell line and it be used to introduce ectopic genes into mammalian cells

CHO Cells , Cell Line , Integrases