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Eur J Pharmacol ; 854: 398-405, 2019 Jul 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31039344


Hemoglobinopathies, such as ß-thalassemia, and sickle cell disease (SCD) are caused by abnormal structure or reduced production of ß-chains and affect millions of people worldwide. Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a condition which is naturally occurring and characterized by a considerable elevation of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in adult red blood cells. Individuals with compound heterozygous ß-thalassemia or SCD and HPFH have milder clinical symptoms. So, HbF reactivation has long been sought as an approach to mitigate the clinical symptoms of ß-thalassemia and SCD. Using CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing strategy, we deleted a 200bp genomic region within the human erythroid-specific BCL11A (B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 11A) enhancer in KU-812, KG-1, and K562 cell lines. In our study, deletion of 200bp of BCL11A erythroid enhancer including GATAA motif leads to strong induction of γ-hemoglobin expression in K562 cells, but not in KU-812 and KG-1 cells. Altogether, our findings highlight the therapeutic potential of CRISPR-Cas9 as a precision genome editing tool for treating ß-thalassemia. In addition, our data indicate that KU-812 and KG-1 cell lines are not good models for studying HbF reactivation through inactivation of BCL11A silencing pathway.

Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Hemoglobina Fetal/metabolismo , Deleção de Genes , Terapia Genética/métodos , Proteínas Nucleares/deficiência , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Talassemia beta/terapia , Sequência de Bases , Edição de Genes , Humanos , Células K562 , Proteínas Repressoras , Talassemia beta/genética , Talassemia beta/metabolismo , gama-Globinas/genética