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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4871, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978399

RESUMO

Precision genome engineering has dramatically advanced with the development of CRISPR/Cas base editing systems that include cytosine base editors and adenine base editors (ABEs). Herein, we compare the editing profile of circularly permuted and domain-inlaid Cas9 base editors, and find that on-target editing is largely maintained following their intradomain insertion, but that structural permutation of the ABE can affect differing RNA off-target events. With this insight, structure-guided design was used to engineer an SaCas9 ABE variant (microABE I744) that has dramatically improved on-target editing efficiency and a reduced RNA-off target footprint compared to current N-terminal linked SaCas9 ABE variants. This represents one of the smallest AAV-deliverable Cas9-ABEs available, which has been optimized for robust on-target activity and RNA-fidelity based upon its stereochemistry.


Assuntos
Adenina/química , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Edição de Genes/métodos , Engenharia Genética/métodos , RNA/metabolismo , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR , Citosina , DNA , Exoma , Genoma , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Edição de RNA
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4903, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32994412

RESUMO

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has increased the speed and precision of genetic editing in cells and animals. However, model generation for drug development is still expensive and time-consuming, demanding more target flexibility and faster turnaround times with high reproducibility. The generation of a tightly controlled ObLiGaRe doxycycline inducible SpCas9 (ODInCas9) transgene and its use in targeted ObLiGaRe results in functional integration into both human and mouse cells culminating in the generation of the ODInCas9 mouse. Genomic editing can be performed in cells of various tissue origins without any detectable gene editing in the absence of doxycycline. Somatic in vivo editing can model non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) adenocarcinomas, enabling treatment studies to validate the efficacy of candidate drugs. The ODInCas9 mouse allows robust and tunable genome editing granting flexibility, speed and uniformity at less cost, leading to high throughput and practical preclinical in vivo therapeutic testing.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/tratamento farmacológico , Descoberta de Drogas/métodos , Edição de Genes/métodos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Doxiciclina/farmacologia , Ensaios de Seleção de Medicamentos Antitumorais/métodos , Feminino , Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Expressão Gênica/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Vetores Genéticos/genética , Células HEK293 , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala/métodos , Humanos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , RNA Guia/genética , Recombinação Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Ativação Transcricional/efeitos dos fármacos , Transfecção/métodos , Transgenes/genética
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Plant Mol Biol ; 104(3): 297-307, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32748081

RESUMO

KEY MESSAGE: We have developed multiplex genome editing toolkits for citrus that significantly improve citrus genome editing efficacy. CRISPR/Cas systems have been engineered for genome editing in many organisms, including plants. However, the gene editing efficiency in citrus via CRISPR technology remains too low to be implemented for genetic improvement in practice. Moreover, it is very difficult to obtain homozygous or biallelic knockout mutants in citrus. Here, we have developed multiplex genome editing toolkits for citrus including PEG-mediated protoplast transformation, a GFP reporter system that allows the rapid assessment of CRISPR constructs, citrus U6 promoters with improved efficacy, and tRNA-mediated or Csy4-mediated multiplex genome editing. Using the toolkits, we successfully conducted genome modification of embryogenic protoplast cells and epicotyl tissues. We have achieved a biallelic mutation rate of 44.4% and a homozygous mutation rate of 11.1%, representing a significant improvement in citrus genome editing efficacy. In addition, our study lays the foundation for nontransgenic genome editing of citrus.


Assuntos
Citrus/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Genoma de Planta/genética , Homozigoto , Mutação , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Genes de Plantas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Protoplastos , RNA Guia/genética , RNA de Transferência/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4050, 2020 08 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32792485

RESUMO

Regulatory networks describe the hierarchical relationship between transcription factors, associated proteins, and their target genes. Regulatory networks respond to environmental and genetic perturbations by reprogramming cellular metabolism. Here we design, construct, and map a comprehensive regulatory network library containing 110,120 specific mutations in 82 regulators expected to perturb metabolism. We screen the library for different targeted phenotypes, and identify mutants that confer strong resistance to various inhibitors, and/or enhanced production of target compounds. These improvements are identified in a single round of selection, showing that the regulatory network library is universally applicable and is convenient and effective for engineering targeted phenotypes. The facile construction and mapping of the regulatory network library provides a path for developing a more detailed understanding of global regulation in E. coli, with potential for adaptation and use in less-understood organisms, expanding toolkits for future strain engineering, synthetic biology, and broader efforts.


Assuntos
Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Engenharia Metabólica/métodos , Biologia Sintética/métodos , Redes Reguladoras de Genes/genética , Redes Reguladoras de Genes/fisiologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4132, 2020 08 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32807781

RESUMO

Precise genome editing using CRISPR-Cas9 is a promising therapeutic avenue for genetic diseases, although off-target editing remains a significant safety concern. Guide RNAs shorter than 16 nucleotides in length effectively recruit Cas9 to complementary sites in the genome but do not permit Cas9 nuclease activity. Here we describe CRISPR Guide RNA Assisted Reduction of Damage (CRISPR GUARD) as a method for protecting off-targets sites by co-delivery of short guide RNAs directed against off-target loci by competition with the on-target guide RNA. CRISPR GUARD reduces off-target mutagenesis while retaining on-target editing efficiencies with Cas9 and base editor. However, we discover that short guide RNAs can also support base editing if they contain cytosines within the deaminase activity window. We explore design rules and the universality of this method through in vitro studies and high-throughput screening, revealing CRISPR GUARD as a rapidly implementable strategy to improve the specificity of genome editing for most genomic loci. Finally, we create an online tool for CRISPR GUARD design.


Assuntos
Edição de Genes/métodos , RNA Guia/metabolismo , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/genética , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/fisiologia , Humanos , Mutagênese/genética , Mutagênese/fisiologia , RNA Guia/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4022, 2020 08 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32782248

RESUMO

One major bottleneck in natural product drug development is derivatization, which is pivotal for fine tuning lead compounds. A promising solution is modifying the biosynthetic machineries of middle molecules such as macrolides. Although intense studies have established various methodologies for protein engineering of type I modular polyketide synthase(s) (PKSs), the accurate targeting of desired regions in the PKS gene is still challenging due to the high sequence similarity between its modules. Here, we report an innovative technique that adapts in vitro Cas9 reaction and Gibson assembly to edit a target region of the type I modular PKS gene. Proof-of-concept experiments using rapamycin PKS as a template show that heterologous expression of edited biosynthetic gene clusters produced almost all the desired derivatives. Our results are consistent with the promiscuity of modular PKS and thus, our technique will provide a platform to generate rationally designed natural product derivatives for future drug development.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Edição de Genes/métodos , Policetídeo Sintases/genética , Produtos Biológicos/química , Produtos Biológicos/metabolismo , Estrutura Molecular , Família Multigênica/genética , Policetídeo Sintases/metabolismo , Sirolimo/química , Sirolimo/metabolismo , Estereoisomerismo , Streptomyces/enzimologia , Streptomyces/genética , Streptomyces/metabolismo
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000774, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745097

RESUMO

The Scar/WAVE complex is the principal catalyst of pseudopod and lamellipod formation. Here we show that Scar/WAVE's proline-rich domain is polyphosphorylated after the complex is activated. Blocking Scar/WAVE activation stops phosphorylation in both Dictyostelium and mammalian cells, implying that phosphorylation modulates pseudopods after they have been formed, rather than controlling whether they are initiated. Unexpectedly, phosphorylation is not promoted by chemotactic signaling but is greatly stimulated by cell:substrate adhesion and diminished when cells deadhere. Phosphorylation-deficient or phosphomimetic Scar/WAVE mutants are both normally functional and rescue the phenotype of knockout cells, demonstrating that phosphorylation is dispensable for activation and actin regulation. However, pseudopods and patches of phosphorylation-deficient Scar/WAVE last substantially longer in mutants, altering the dynamics and size of pseudopods and lamellipods and thus changing migration speed. Scar/WAVE phosphorylation does not require ERK2 in Dictyostelium or mammalian cells. However, the MAPKKK homologue SepA contributes substantially-sepA mutants have less steady-state phosphorylation, which does not increase in response to adhesion. The mutants also behave similarly to cells expressing phosphorylation-deficient Scar, with longer-lived pseudopods and patches of Scar recruitment. We conclude that pseudopod engagement with substratum is more important than extracellular signals at regulating Scar/WAVE's activity and that phosphorylation acts as a pseudopod timer by promoting Scar/WAVE turnover.


Assuntos
Dictyostelium/genética , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinase 3/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Pseudópodes/metabolismo , Família de Proteínas da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Animais , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Adesão Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Quimiotaxia/genética , Dictyostelium/metabolismo , Dictyostelium/ultraestrutura , Edição de Genes/métodos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinase 3/metabolismo , Melanócitos/metabolismo , Melanócitos/ultraestrutura , Camundongos , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/genética , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Mutação , Células NIH 3T3 , Fenótipo , Fosforilação , Ploidias , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Pseudópodes/genética , Pseudópodes/ultraestrutura , Família de Proteínas da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/metabolismo
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Gene ; 763: 144997, 2020 Dec 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32783992

RESUMO

The CRISPR-Cas system currently stands as one of the best multifaceted tools for site-specific genome engineering in mammals. An important aspect of research in this field focusses on improving the specificity and efficacy of precise genome editing in multiple model systems. The cornerstone of this mini-review is one of the extensively investigated small molecule inhibitor, SCR7, which abrogates NHEJ, a Ligase IV-dependent DSB repair pathway, thus guiding integration of the foreign DNA fragment via the more precise homology directed repair during genome editing. One of our recent studies sheds light on properties of different forms of SCR7. Here, we give a succinct account on the use of SCR7 and its different forms in CRISPR-Cas system, highlighting their chemical properties and biological relevance as potent efficiency-enhancing CRISPR tools.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Edição de Genes/métodos , Pirimidinas/farmacologia , Reparo de DNA por Recombinação/efeitos dos fármacos , Bases de Schiff/farmacologia , Animais , DNA Ligase Dependente de ATP/antagonistas & inibidores , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Humanos , Pirimidinas/química , Bases de Schiff/química
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4148, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32811834

RESUMO

We evaluate gene editing of HSV in a well-established mouse model, using adeno-associated virus (AAV)-delivered meganucleases, as a potentially curative approach to treat latent HSV infection. Here we show that AAV-delivered meganucleases, but not CRISPR/Cas9, mediate highly efficient gene editing of HSV, eliminating over 90% of latent virus from superior cervical ganglia. Single-cell RNA sequencing demonstrates that both HSV and individual AAV serotypes are non-randomly distributed among neuronal subsets in ganglia, implying that improved delivery to all neuronal subsets may lead to even more complete elimination of HSV. As predicted, delivery of meganucleases using a triple AAV serotype combination results in the greatest decrease in ganglionic HSV loads. The levels of HSV elimination observed in these studies, if translated to humans, would likely significantly reduce HSV reactivation, shedding, and lesions. Further optimization of meganuclease delivery and activity is likely possible, and may offer a pathway to a cure for HSV infection.


Assuntos
Desoxirribonucleases/genética , Dependovirus/genética , Infecções Oculares/terapia , Edição de Genes/métodos , Herpes Simples/terapia , Herpesvirus Humano 1/genética , Latência Viral/genética , Animais , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Células Cultivadas , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções Oculares/genética , Infecções Oculares/virologia , Feminino , Células HEK293 , Herpes Simples/genética , Herpesvirus Humano 1/patogenicidade , Humanos , Camundongos , Neurônios/metabolismo , Neurônios/virologia , RNA-Seq , Análise de Célula Única , Gânglio Cervical Superior/metabolismo , Gânglio Cervical Superior/virologia , Células Vero
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4178, 2020 08 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32826895

RESUMO

Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal-recessive neurodegenerative and cardiac disorder which occurs when transcription of the FXN gene is silenced due to an excessive expansion of GAA repeats into its first intron. Herein, we generate dorsal root ganglia organoids (DRG organoids) by in vitro differentiation of human iPSCs. Bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing show that DRG organoids present a transcriptional signature similar to native DRGs and display the main peripheral sensory neuronal and glial cell subtypes. Furthermore, when co-cultured with human intrafusal muscle fibers, DRG organoid sensory neurons contact their peripheral targets and reconstitute the muscle spindle proprioceptive receptors. FRDA DRG organoids model some molecular and cellular deficits of the disease that are rescued when the entire FXN intron 1 is removed, and not with the excision of the expanded GAA tract. These results strongly suggest that removal of the repressed chromatin flanking the GAA tract might contribute to rescue FXN total expression and fully revert the pathological hallmarks of FRDA DRG neurons.


Assuntos
Ataxia de Friedreich/genética , Ataxia de Friedreich/patologia , Gânglios Espinais/metabolismo , Edição de Genes/métodos , Proteínas de Ligação ao Ferro/genética , Organoides/metabolismo , Células Receptoras Sensoriais/metabolismo , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Diferenciação Celular , Cromatina/metabolismo , Ataxia de Friedreich/tratamento farmacológico , Gânglios Espinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Gânglios Espinais/patologia , Predisposição Genética para Doença/genética , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/metabolismo , Íntrons , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Organoides/efeitos dos fármacos , Organoides/patologia , Células Receptoras Sensoriais/patologia , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Transcriptoma
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235942, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32804931

RESUMO

Genome editing is now widely used in plant science for both basic research and molecular crop breeding. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) technology, through its precision, high efficiency and versatility, allows for editing of many sites in plant genomes. This system has been highly successful to produce knock-out mutants through the introduction of frameshift mutations due to error-prone repair pathways. Nevertheless, recent new CRISPR-based technologies such as base editing and prime editing can generate precise and on demand nucleotide conversion, allowing for fine-tuning of protein function and generating gain-of-function mutants. However, genome editing through CRISPR systems still have some drawbacks and limitations, such as the PAM restriction and the need for more diversity in CRISPR tools to mediate different simultaneous catalytic activities. In this study, we successfully used the CRISPR-Cas9 system from Staphylococcus aureus (SaCas9) for the introduction of frameshift mutations in the tetraploid genome of the cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum). We also developed a S. aureus-cytosine base editor that mediate nucleotide conversions, allowing for precise modification of specific residues or regulatory elements in potato. Our proof-of-concept in potato expand the plant dicot CRISPR toolbox for biotechnology and precision breeding applications.


Assuntos
Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas , Mutação INDEL , Solanum tuberosum/genética , Staphylococcus aureus/enzimologia , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Mutação da Fase de Leitura , Edição de Genes/métodos , Genoma de Planta , Plasmídeos/genética , Staphylococcus aureus/genética
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Nat Protoc ; 15(9): 3009-3029, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32796939

RESUMO

Genome editing holds great potential for correcting pathogenic mutations. We developed a method called GOTI (genome-wide off-target analysis by two-cell embryo injection) to detect off-target mutations by editing one blastomere of two-cell mouse embryos using either CRISPR-Cas9 or base editors. GOTI directly compares edited and non-edited cells without the interference of genetic background and thus could detect potential off-target variants with high sensitivity. Notably, the GOTI method was designed to detect potential off-target variants of any genome editing tools by the combination of experimental and computational approaches, which is critical for accurate evaluation of the safety of genome editing tools. Here we provide a detailed protocol for GOTI, including mice mating, two-cell embryo injection, embryonic day 14.5 embryo digestion, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, whole-genome sequencing and data analysis. To enhance the utility of GOTI, we also include a computational workflow called GOTI-seq (https://github.com/sydaileen/GOTI-seq) for the sequencing data analysis, which can generate the final genome-wide off-target variants from raw sequencing data directly. The protocol typically takes 20 d from the mice mating to sequencing and 7 d for sequencing data analysis.


Assuntos
Embrião de Mamíferos/metabolismo , Edição de Genes/métodos , Animais , Feminino , Injeções , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Mutação
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Nat Protoc ; 15(8): 2470-2502, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32651565

RESUMO

Streptomycetes are prominent sources of bioactive natural products, but metabolic engineering of the natural products of these organisms is greatly hindered by relatively inefficient genetic manipulation approaches. New advances in genome editing techniques, particularly CRISPR-based tools, have revolutionized genetic manipulation of many organisms, including actinomycetes. We have developed a comprehensive CRISPR toolkit that includes several variations of 'classic' CRISPR-Cas9 systems, along with CRISPRi and CRISPR-base editing systems (CRISPR-BEST) for streptomycetes. Here, we provide step-by-step protocols for designing and constructing the CRISPR plasmids, transferring these plasmids to the target streptomycetes, and identifying correctly edited clones. Our CRISPR toolkit can be used to generate random-sized deletion libraries, introduce small indels, generate in-frame deletions of specific target genes, reversibly suppress gene transcription, and substitute single base pairs in streptomycete genomes. Furthermore, the toolkit includes a Csy4-based multiplexing option to introduce multiple edits in a single experiment. The toolkit can be easily extended to other actinomycetes. With our protocol, it takes <10 d to inactivate a target gene, which is much faster than alternative protocols.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Streptomyces/genética , Sequência de Bases , Plasmídeos/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008898, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32701961

RESUMO

There is currently a requirement for single-sex litters for many applications, including agriculture, pest control, and reducing animal culling in line with the 3Rs principles: Reduction, Replacement, and Refinement. The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing presents a new opportunity with which to potentially generate all-female or all-male litters. We review some of the historical nongenetic strategies employed to generate single-sex litters and investigate how genetic and genome editing techniques are currently being used to produce all-male or all-female progeny. Lastly, we speculate on future technologies for generating single-sex litters and the possible associated challenges.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Reprodução/genética , Análise para Determinação do Sexo , Processos de Determinação Sexual/genética , Animais , Feminino , Edição de Genes/métodos , Masculino
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Gene ; 758: 144975, 2020 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32707302

RESUMO

Dip2C is highly expressed in brain and many other tissues but its biological functions are still not clear. Genes regulated by Dip2C in brain have never been studied. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein (Cas) systems, adaptive immune systems of bacteria and archaea, have been recently developed and broadly used in genome editing. Here, we describe targeted gene deletions of Dip2c gene in mice via CRISPR/Cas9 system and study of brain transcriptome under Dip2C regulation. The CRISPR/Cas9 system effectively generated targeted deletions of Dip2c by pronuclei injection of plasmids that express Cas9 protein and two sgRNAs. We achieved targeted large fragment deletion with efficiencies at 14.3% (1/7), 66.7% (2/3) and 20% (1/5) respectively in 3 independent experiments, averaging 26.7%. The large deletion DNA segments are 160.4 kb (Dip2CΔ160kb), spanning from end of exon 4 to mid of exon 38. A mouse with two base pair deletion was generated from a single sgRNA targeting in exon 4 (Dip2cΔ2bp) by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Loss of gene expression for Dip2c mRNA was confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). Dip2C-regulated genes and pathways in brain were investigated through RNAseq of Dip2cΔ2bp. In total, 838 genes were found differentially regulated, with 252 up and 586 down. Gene ontology (GO) analysis indicated that DEGs in brain are enriched in neurological functions including 'memory', 'neuropeptide signaling pathway', and 'response to amphetamine' while KEGG analysis shows that 'neuroactive ligand-receptor interaction pathway' is the most significantly enriched. DEGs Grid2ip, Grin2a, Grin2c, Grm4, Gabbr2, Gabra5, Gabre, Gabrq, Gabra6 and Gabrr2 are among the highly regulated genes by Dip2C. Results confirm Dip2C may play important roles in brain development and function.


Assuntos
Encéfalo/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/genética , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Transcriptoma/genética , Animais , Encéfalo/citologia , Encéfalo/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/genética , Feminino , Deleção de Genes , Edição de Genes/métodos , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Endogâmicos DBA , Camundongos Knockout , RNA Guia/genética
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Gene ; 759: 144993, 2020 Oct 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32717311

RESUMO

Plants generate many secondary metabolites, so called phyto-metabolites, which can be used as toxins, dyes, drugs, and insecticides in bio-warfare plus bio-terrorism, industry, medicine, and agriculture, respectively. To 2013, the first generation metabolic engineering approaches like miRNA-based manipulation were widely adopted by researchers in biosciences. However, the discovery of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) genome editing system revolutionized metabolic engineering due to its unique features so that scientists could manipulate the biosynthetic pathways of phyto-metabolites through approaches like miRNA-mediated CRISPR-Cas9. According to the increasing importance of the genome editing in plant sciences, we discussed the current findings on CRISPR-based manipulation of phyto-metabolites in plants, especially medicinal ones, and suggested the ideas to phyto-metabolic editing.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Engenharia Metabólica/métodos , Melhoramento Vegetal/métodos , Edição de Genes/métodos
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Mol Cell ; 79(5): 728-740.e6, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32721385

RESUMO

Cytosine base editors (CBEs) generate C-to-T nucleotide substitutions in genomic target sites without inducing double-strand breaks. However, CBEs such as BE3 can cause genome-wide off-target changes via sgRNA-independent DNA deamination. By leveraging the orthogonal R-loops generated by SaCas9 nickase to mimic actively transcribed genomic loci that are more susceptible to cytidine deaminase, we set up a high-throughput assay for assessing sgRNA-independent off-target effects of CBEs in rice protoplasts. The reliability of this assay was confirmed by the whole-genome sequencing (WGS) of 10 base editors in regenerated rice plants. The R-loop assay was used to screen a series of rationally designed A3Bctd-BE3 variants for improved specificity. We obtained 2 efficient CBE variants, A3Bctd-VHM-BE3 and A3Bctd-KKR-BE3, and the WGS analysis revealed that these new CBEs eliminated sgRNA-independent DNA off-target edits in rice plants. Moreover, these 2 base editor variants were more precise at their target sites by producing fewer multiple C edits.


Assuntos
Citidina Desaminase/genética , Citosina , Edição de Genes/métodos , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Menor/genética , Oryza/genética , Citosina/química , Genes de Plantas , Humanos , Mutação , RNA Guia/química , RNA de Plantas/química , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3784, 2020 07 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32728052

RESUMO

The CRISPR-Cas are adaptive bacterial and archaeal immunity systems that have been harnessed for the development of powerful genome editing and engineering tools. In the incessant host-parasite arms race, viruses evolved multiple anti-defense mechanisms including diverse anti-CRISPR proteins (Acrs) that specifically inhibit CRISPR-Cas and therefore have enormous potential for application as modulators of genome editing tools. Most Acrs are small and highly variable proteins which makes their bioinformatic prediction a formidable task. We present a machine-learning approach for comprehensive Acr prediction. The model shows high predictive power when tested against an unseen test set and was employed to predict 2,500 candidate Acr families. Experimental validation of top candidates revealed two unknown Acrs (AcrIC9, IC10) and three other top candidates were coincidentally identified and found to possess anti-CRISPR activity. These results substantially expand the repertoire of predicted Acrs and provide a resource for experimental Acr discovery.


Assuntos
Bacteriófagos/genética , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/antagonistas & inibidores , Aprendizado de Máquina , Análise de Sequência de Proteína/métodos , Proteínas Virais/genética , Archaea/genética , Archaea/virologia , Bactérias/genética , Bactérias/virologia , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Biologia Computacional/métodos , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Edição de Genes/métodos , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/genética , Homologia de Sequência de Aminoácidos
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Genet Sel Evol ; 52(1): 35, 2020 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32611306

RESUMO

Base editing has the potential to improve important economic traits in agriculture and can precisely convert single nucleotides in DNA or RNA sequences into minimal double-strand DNA breaks (DSB). Adenine base editors (ABE) have recently emerged as a base editing tool for the conversion of targeted A:T to G:C, but have not yet been used in sheep. ABEmax is one of the latest versions of ABE, which consists of a catalytically-impaired nuclease and a laboratory-evolved DNA-adenosine deaminase. The Booroola fecundity (FecBB) mutation (g.A746G, p.Q249R) in the bone morphogenetic protein receptor 1B (BMPR1B) gene influences fecundity in many sheep breeds. In this study, by using ABEmax we successfully obtained lambs with defined point mutations that result in an amino acid substitution (p.Gln249Arg). The efficiency of the defined point mutations was 75% in newborn lambs, since six lambs were heterozygous at the FecBB mutation site (g.A746G, p.Q249R), and two lambs were wild-type. We did not detect off-target mutations in the eight edited lambs. Here, we report the validation of the first gene-edited sheep generated by ABE and highlight its potential to improve economically important traits in livestock.


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Receptores de Proteínas Morfogenéticas Ósseas Tipo I/genética , Fertilidade/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Adenina/metabolismo , Adenosina Desaminase/metabolismo , Adenosina Desaminase/fisiologia , Animais , Cruzamento , Feminino , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Genótipo , Heterozigoto , Tamanho da Ninhada de Vivíparos/genética , Masculino , Mutação , Fenótipo , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Gravidez , Ovinos/genética
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