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Int J Mol Sci ; 21(19)2020 Sep 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32998303

RESUMO

Some years inspire more hindsight reflection and future-gazing than others. This is even more so in 2020 with its evocation of perfect vision and the landmark ring to it. However, no futurist can reliably predict what the world will look like the next time that a year's first two digits will match the second two digits-a numerical pattern that only occurs once in a century. As we leap into a new decade, amid uncertainties triggered by unforeseen global events-such as the outbreak of a worldwide pandemic, the accompanying economic hardship, and intensifying geopolitical tensions-it is important to note the blistering pace of 21st century technological developments indicate that while hindsight might be 20/20, foresight is 50/50. The history of science shows us that imaginative ideas, research excellence, and collaborative innovation can, for example, significantly contribute to the economic, cultural, social, and environmental recovery of a post-COVID-19 world. This article reflects on a history of yeast research to indicate the potential that arises from advances in science, and how this can contribute to the ongoing recovery and development of human society. Future breakthroughs in synthetic genomics are likely to unlock new avenues of impactful discoveries and solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges.


Assuntos
Surtos de Doenças/prevenção & controle , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Genoma Fúngico , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Biologia Sintética/métodos , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/classificação
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4418, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887885

RESUMO

Chromosomal inversions are recurrent rearrangements that occur between different plant isolates or cultivars. Such inversions may underlie reproductive isolation in evolution and represent a major obstacle for classical breeding as no crossovers can be observed between inverted sequences on homologous chromosomes. The heterochromatic knob (hk4S) on chromosome 4 is the most well-known inversion of Arabidopsis. If a knob carrying accession such as Col-0 is crossed with a knob-less accession such as Ler-1, crossovers cannot be recovered within the inverted region. Our work shows that by egg-cell specific expression of the Cas9 nuclease from Staphylococcus aureus, a targeted reversal of the 1.1 Mb long hk4S-inversion can be achieved. By crossing Col-0 harbouring the rearranged chromosome 4 with Ler-1, meiotic crossovers can be restored into a region with previously no detectable genetic exchange. The strategy of somatic chromosome engineering for breaking genetic linkage has huge potential for application in plant breeding.


Assuntos
Arabidopsis/genética , Cromossomos de Plantas , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Recombinação Genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Inversão Cromossômica , Troca Genética , Melhoramento Vegetal/métodos , Plantas
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Infez Med ; 28(3): 302-311, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32920565

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 has created a global disaster by infecting millions of people and causing thousands of deaths across hundreds of countries. Currently, the infection is in its exponential phase in several countries and there is no sign of immediate relief from this deadly virus. At the same time, some "conspiracy theories" have arisen on the origin of this virus due to the lack of a "definite origin". To understand if this controversy is also reflected in scientific publications, here, we reviewed the key articles published at initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic (January 01, 2020 to April 30, 2020) related to the zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2 and the articles opposing the "conspiracy theories". We also provide an overview on the current knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 Spike as well as the Coronavirus research domain. Furthermore, a few important points related to the "conspiracy theories" such as "laboratory engineering" or "bioweapon" aspects of SARS-CoV-2 are also reviewed. In this article, we have only considered the peer-reviewed publications that are indexed in PubMed and other official publications, and we have directly quoted the authors' statements from their respective articles to avoid any controversy.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Seleção Genética , Animais , Derramamento de Material Biológico , Armas Biológicas , Quirópteros/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Dissidências e Disputas , Eutérios/classificação , Eutérios/virologia , Saúde Global/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Recombinação Genética , Alinhamento de Sequência , Zoonoses/virologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4468, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901021

RESUMO

Speciation constrains the flow of genetic information between populations of sexually reproducing organisms. Gaining control over mechanisms of speciation would enable new strategies to manage wild populations of disease vectors, agricultural pests, and invasive species. Additionally, such control would provide safe biocontainment of transgenes and gene drives. Here, we demonstrate a general approach to create engineered genetic incompatibilities (EGIs) in the model insect Drosophila melanogaster. EGI couples a dominant lethal transgene with a recessive resistance allele. Strains homozygous for both elements are fertile and fecund when they mate with similarly engineered strains, but incompatible with wild-type strains that lack resistant alleles. EGI genotypes can also be tuned to cause hybrid lethality at different developmental life-stages. Further, we demonstrate that multiple orthogonal EGI strains of D. melanogaster can be engineered to be mutually incompatible with wild-type and with each other. EGI is a simple and robust approach in multiple sexually reproducing organisms.


Assuntos
Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Especiação Genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Cruzamentos Genéticos , Feminino , Genes de Insetos , Genes Letais , Genótipo , Hibridização Genética , Masculino , Modelos Genéticos , Transgenes
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Vaccine ; 38(42): 6487-6499, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32907757

RESUMO

The many carbohydrate chains on Covid-19 coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its S-protein form a glycan-shield that masks antigenic peptides and decreases uptake of inactivated virus or S-protein vaccines by APC. Studies on inactivated influenza virus and recombinant gp120 of HIV vaccines indicate that glycoengineering of glycan-shields to present α-gal epitopes (Galα1-3Galß1-4GlcNAc-R) enables harnessing of the natural anti-Gal antibody for amplifying vaccine efficacy, as evaluated in mice producing anti-Gal. The α-gal epitope is the ligand for the natural anti-Gal antibody which constitutes ~1% of immunoglobulins in humans. Upon administration of vaccines presenting α-gal epitopes, anti-Gal binds to these epitopes at the vaccination site and forms immune complexes with the vaccines. These immune complexes are targeted for extensive uptake by APC as a result of binding of the Fc portion of immunocomplexed anti-Gal to Fc receptors on APC. This anti-Gal mediated effective uptake of vaccines by APC results in 10-200-fold higher anti-viral immune response and in 8-fold higher survival rate following challenge with a lethal dose of live influenza virus, than same vaccines lacking α-gal epitopes. It is suggested that glycoengineering of carbohydrate chains on the glycan-shield of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 or on S-protein vaccines, for presenting α-gal epitopes, will have similar amplifying effects on vaccine efficacy. α-Gal epitope synthesis on coronavirus vaccines can be achieved with recombinant α1,3galactosyltransferase, replication of the virus in cells with high α1,3galactosyltransferase activity as a result of stable transfection of cells with several copies of the α1,3galactosyltransferase gene (GGTA1), or by transduction of host cells with replication defective adenovirus containing this gene. In addition, recombinant S-protein presenting multiple α-gal epitopes on the glycan-shield may be produced in glycoengineered yeast or bacteria expression systems containing the corresponding glycosyltransferases. Prospective Covid-19 vaccines presenting α-gal epitopes may provide better protection than vaccines lacking this epitope because of increased uptake by APC.


Assuntos
Antígenos Virais/genética , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Trissacarídeos/imunologia , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais/biossíntese , Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Antígenos Virais/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Células Dendríticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/virologia , Engenharia Genética , Proteína do Núcleo p24 do HIV/química , Proteína do Núcleo p24 do HIV/genética , Proteína do Núcleo p24 do HIV/imunologia , Proteína gp120 do Envelope de HIV/química , Proteína gp120 do Envelope de HIV/genética , Proteína gp120 do Envelope de HIV/imunologia , Humanos , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/virologia , Camundongos , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Trissacarídeos/química , Vacinas Virais/administração & dosagem , Vacinas Virais/biossíntese , Vacinas Virais/genética
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Molecules ; 25(18)2020 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32899754

RESUMO

The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has led to an unprecedented pandemic, which demands urgent development of antiviral drugs and antibodies; as well as prophylactic approaches, namely vaccines. Algae biotechnology has much to offer in this scenario given the diversity of such organisms, which are a valuable source of antiviral and anti-inflammatory compounds that can also be used to produce vaccines and antibodies. Antivirals with possible activity against SARS-CoV-2 are summarized, based on previously reported activity against Coronaviruses or other enveloped or respiratory viruses. Moreover, the potential of algae-derived anti-inflammatory compounds to treat severe cases of COVID-19 is contemplated. The scenario of producing biopharmaceuticals in recombinant algae is presented and the cases of algae-made vaccines targeting viral diseases is highlighted as valuable references for the development of anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. Successful cases in the production of functional antibodies are described. Perspectives on how specific algae species and genetic engineering techniques can be applied for the production of anti-viral compounds antibodies and vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are provided.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Produtos Biológicos/farmacologia , Chlamydomonas reinhardtii/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Lectinas/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Polifenóis/farmacologia , Polissacarídeos/farmacologia , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Produtos Biológicos/química , Produtos Biológicos/isolamento & purificação , Núcleo Celular/química , Núcleo Celular/genética , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Chlamydomonas reinhardtii/química , Chlamydomonas reinhardtii/metabolismo , Cloroplastos/química , Cloroplastos/genética , Cloroplastos/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Humanos , Lectinas/química , Lectinas/isolamento & purificação , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/efeitos dos fármacos , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/patogenicidade , Pandemias , Polifenóis/química , Polifenóis/isolamento & purificação , Polissacarídeos/química , Polissacarídeos/isolamento & purificação , Vírus da SARS/efeitos dos fármacos , Vírus da SARS/patogenicidade , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/tratamento farmacológico , Vacinas Virais/biossíntese , Vacinas Virais/farmacologia
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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(8): 993-1000, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32741873

RESUMO

The human genome consists of more than 20000 genes and is essential for all biological phenomena. To understand these biological phenomena, including diseases, and to be able to modify them, approaches that enable optical control of the genome may be useful. Recently, we developed an optogenetic tool, named photoactivatable Cas9 (PA-Cas9). We divided Cas9 nuclease from the CRISPR-Cas9 system into two fragments and connected photo-inducible dimerization proteins, named Magnet system, to the fragments, leading to the development of PA-Cas9 of which nuclease activity is switchable with light. PA-Cas9 allows direct editing of DNA sequences by light stimulation. Additionally, we developed a light-inducible, RNA-guided programmable system for endogenous gene activation based on the CRISPR-Cas9 system. We demonstrated that this optogenetic tool allows rapid and reversible targeted gene activation by light. Using this tool, we exemplified optical control of neuronal differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The CRISPR-Cas9-based, photoactivatable transcription system offers a simple and versatile approach to precise gene activation. In addition to the CRISPR-Cas9-based optogenetic tools, we developed a photoactivatable Cre-loxP system. This tool allows optical control of DNA recombination reaction in an internal organ even by external, noninvasive illumination using LED light source. To date, genome engineering technology and optogenetics technology have emerged separately as different applications. Our studies described above merge these emerging research fields together.


Assuntos
Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Engenharia Genética , Luz , Optogenética , Ativação Transcricional , Animais , Diferenciação Celular , DNA/genética , Edição de Genes , Genoma Humano , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/fisiologia , Camundongos , Recombinação Genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4304, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32855412

RESUMO

Ribosome-mediated polymerization of backbone-extended monomers into polypeptides is challenging due to their poor compatibility with the translation apparatus, which evolved to use α-L-amino acids. Moreover, mechanisms to acylate (or charge) these monomers to transfer RNAs (tRNAs) to make aminoacyl-tRNA substrates is a bottleneck. Here, we rationally design non-canonical amino acid analogs with extended carbon chains (γ-, δ-, ε-, and ζ-) or cyclic structures (cyclobutane, cyclopentane, and cyclohexane) to improve tRNA charging. We then demonstrate site-specific incorporation of these non-canonical, backbone-extended monomers at the N- and C- terminus of peptides using wild-type and engineered ribosomes. This work expands the scope of ribosome-mediated polymerization, setting the stage for new medicines and materials.


Assuntos
Aminoácidos Cíclicos/metabolismo , Biossíntese Peptídica , Ribossomos/metabolismo , Aminoacilação de RNA de Transferência , Engenharia Genética , Mutação , Polimerização , RNA de Transferência/metabolismo , Ribossomos/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236943, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32735612

RESUMO

Halophyte Lobularia maritima LmSAP encodes an A20AN1 zinc-finger stress-associated protein which expression is up-regulated by abiotic stresses and heavy metals in transgenic tobacco. To deepen our understanding of LmSAP function, we isolated a 1,147 bp genomic fragment upstream of LmSAP coding sequence designated as PrLmSAP. In silico analyses of PrLmSAP revealed the presence of consensus CAAT and TATA boxes and cis-regulatory elements required for abiotic stress, phytohormones, pathogen, and wound responses, and also for tissue-specific expression. The PrLmSAP sequence was fused to the ß-glucuronidase (gusA) reporter gene and transferred to rice. Histochemical GUS staining showed a pattern of tissue-specific expression in transgenic rice, with staining observed in roots, coleoptiles, leaves, stems and floral organs but not in seeds or in the root elongation zone. Wounding strongly stimulated GUS accumulation in leaves and stems. Interestingly, we observed a high stimulation of the promoter activity when rice seedlings were exposed to NaCl, PEG, ABA, MeJA, GA, cold, and heavy metals (Al3+, Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+). These results suggest that the LmSAP promoter can be a convenient tool for stress-inducible gene expression and is a potential candidate for crop genetic engineering.


Assuntos
Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Plantas Tolerantes a Sal/genética , Estresse Fisiológico/genética , Dedos de Zinco/genética , Produtos Agrícolas/genética , Engenharia Genética , Glucuronidase/metabolismo , Metais Pesados/metabolismo , Especificidade de Órgãos , Oryza/genética , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Raízes de Plantas/metabolismo , Caules de Planta/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Tabaco/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237675, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32797066

RESUMO

RNA interference (RNAi), a technique used to investigate gene function in insects and other organisms, is attracting attention as a potential new technology for mosquito control. Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) was recently engineered to produce interfering RNA molecules that silence genes required for mosquito survival, but which do not correspond to genes in humans or other non-target organisms. The resulting yeast pesticides, which facilitate cost-effective production and delivery of interfering RNA to mosquito larvae that eat the yeast, effectively kill mosquitoes in laboratory and semi-field trials. In preparation for field evaluation of larvicides in Trinidad, a Caribbean island with endemic diseases resulting from pathogens transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, adult residents living in the prospective trial site communities of Curepe, St. Augustine, and Tamana were engaged. Open community forums and paper surveys were used to assess the potential acceptability, societal desirability, and sustainability of yeast interfering RNA larvicides. These assessments revealed that Trinidadians have good working knowledge of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses. A majority of the respondents practiced some method of larval mosquito control and agreed that they would use a new larvicide if it were proven to be safe and effective. During the community engagement forums, participants were educated about mosquito biology, mosquito-borne diseases, and the new yeast larvicides. When invited to provide feedback, engagement forum attendees were strongly supportive of the new technology, raised few concerns, and provided helpful advice regarding optimal larvicide formulations, insecticide application, operational approaches for using the larvicides, and pricing. The results of these studies suggest that the participants are supportive of the potential use of yeast interfering RNA larvicides in Trinidad and that the communities assessed in this investigation represent viable field sites.


Assuntos
Aedes/genética , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Controle de Mosquitos/métodos , Interferência de RNA , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Adulto , Animais , Feminino , Humanos , Larva/genética , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mosquitos Vetores/genética , Controle Biológico de Vetores/métodos , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Características de Residência , Inquéritos e Questionários , Trinidad e Tobago
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3847, 2020 07 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32737299

RESUMO

Reporter systems are routinely used in plant genetic engineering and functional genomics research. Most such plant reporter systems cause accumulation of foreign proteins. Here, we demonstrate a protein-independent reporter system, 3WJ-4 × Bro, based on a fluorescent RNA aptamer. Via transient expression assays in both Escherichia coli and Nicotiana benthamiana, we show that 3WJ-4 × Bro is suitable for transgene identification and as an mRNA reporter for expression pattern analysis. Following stable transformation in Arabidopsis thaliana, 3WJ-4 × Bro co-segregates and co-expresses with target transcripts and is stably inherited through multiple generations. Further, 3WJ-4 × Bro can be used to visualize virus-mediated RNA delivery in plants. This study demonstrates a protein-independent reporter system that can be used for transgene identification and in vivo dynamic analysis of mRNA.


Assuntos
Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/genética , Arabidopsis/genética , Brassica/genética , Engenharia Genética/métodos , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Tabaco/genética , Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/química , Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Compostos de Benzil/química , Brassica/metabolismo , Fluorescência , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Genes Reporter , Imidazolinas/química , Folhas de Planta/genética , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Tabaco/metabolismo , Transformação Genética
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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao ; 36(7): 1269-1276, 2020 Jul 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32748584

RESUMO

Human adenoviruses are widespread causative agent that induces respiratory diseases, epidemic keratoconjunctivitis and other related diseases. Adenoviruses are commonly used in experimental and clinical areas. It is one of the most commonly used virus vectors in gene therapy, and it has attracted a lot of attention and has a high research potential in tumor gene therapy and virus oncolytic. Here, we summarize the biological characteristics, epidemiology and current application of adenovirus, in order to provide reference for engineering application of adenovirus.


Assuntos
Adenovírus Humanos , Vetores Genéticos , Terapia Viral Oncolítica , Vírus Oncolíticos , Infecções por Adenovirus Humanos/epidemiologia , Infecções por Adenovirus Humanos/virologia , Adenovírus Humanos/genética , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Engenharia Genética/tendências , Humanos , Terapia Viral Oncolítica/tendências , Vírus Oncolíticos/genética , Replicação Viral
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Am J Bioeth ; 20(8): 19-21, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32757933
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0232915, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32706785

RESUMO

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is an effective treatment for B cell malignancies, with emerging potential for the treatment of other hematologic cancers and solid tumors. The strength of the promoter within the CAR cassette will alter CAR-polypeptide levels on the cell surface of the T cell-impacting on the kinetics of activation, survival and memory cell formation in T cells. In addition to the CAR, promoters can be used to drive other genes of interest to enhance CAR T cell function. Expressing multiple genes from a single RNA transcript can be effectively achieved by linking the genes via a ribosomal skip site. However, promoters may differ in their ability to transcribe longer RNAs, or could interfere with lentiviral production, or transduction frequencies. In this study we compared the ability of the strong well-characterized promoters CMV, EF-1, hPGK and RPBSA to drive functional expression of a single RNA encoding three products: GFP, CAR, plus an additional cell-survival gene, Mcl-1. Although the four promoters produced similarly high lentiviral titres, EF-1 gave the best transduction efficacy of primary T cells. Major differences were found in the ability of the promoters to drive expression of long RNA encoding GFP, CAR and Mcl-1, highlighting promoter choice as an important consideration for gene therapy applications requiring the expression of long and complex mRNA.


Assuntos
Engenharia Genética/métodos , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Receptores de Antígenos Quiméricos/genética , Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Lentivirus/genética , Células MCF-7 , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Transgenes/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3708, 2020 07 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32709899

RESUMO

The Cre-loxP recombination system is a powerful tool for genetic manipulation. However, there are widely recognized limitations with chemically inducible Cre-loxP systems, and the UV and blue-light induced systems have phototoxicity and minimal capacity for deep tissue penetration. Here, we develop a far-red light-induced split Cre-loxP system (FISC system) based on a bacteriophytochrome optogenetic system and split-Cre recombinase, enabling optogenetical regulation of genome engineering in vivo solely by utilizing a far-red light (FRL). The FISC system exhibits low background and no detectable photocytotoxicity, while offering efficient FRL-induced DNA recombination. Our in vivo studies showcase the strong organ-penetration capacity of FISC system, markedly outperforming two blue-light-based Cre systems for recombination induction in the liver. Demonstrating its strong clinical relevance, we successfully deploy a FISC system using adeno-associated virus (AAV) delivery. Thus, the FISC system expands the optogenetic toolbox for DNA recombination to achieve spatiotemporally controlled, non-invasive genome engineering in living systems.


Assuntos
Engenharia Genética , Integrases/metabolismo , Integrases/efeitos da radiação , Luz , Recombinação Genética , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Sobrevivência Celular , Dependovirus/genética , Vetores Genéticos , Genoma , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Transgênicos , Optogenética , Receptor EphB3
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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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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3337, 2020 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620756

RESUMO

The tetrahydroisoquinoline (THIQ) moiety is a privileged substructure of many bioactive natural products and semi-synthetic analogs. Plants manufacture more than 3,000 THIQ alkaloids, including the opioids morphine and codeine. While microbial species have been engineered to synthesize a few compounds from the benzylisoquinoline alkaloid (BIA) family of THIQs, low product titers impede industrial viability and limit access to the full chemical space. Here we report a yeast THIQ platform by increasing production of the central BIA intermediate (S)-reticuline to 4.6 g L-1, a 57,000-fold improvement over our first-generation strain. We show that gains in BIA output coincide with the formation of several substituted THIQs derived from amino acid catabolism. We use these insights to repurpose the Ehrlich pathway and synthesize an array of THIQ structures. This work provides a blueprint for building diverse alkaloid scaffolds and enables the targeted overproduction of thousands of THIQ products, including natural and semi-synthetic opioids.


Assuntos
Alcaloides/biossíntese , Benzilisoquinolinas/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Tetra-Hidroisoquinolinas/metabolismo , Alcaloides/química , Analgésicos Opioides/química , Analgésicos Opioides/metabolismo , Benzilisoquinolinas/química , Produtos Biológicos/química , Produtos Biológicos/metabolismo , Vias Biossintéticas/genética , Engenharia Genética , Modelos Químicos , Estrutura Molecular , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Tetra-Hidroisoquinolinas/química
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3461, 2020 07 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32651371

RESUMO

Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by Leishmania protozoa transmitted by infected sand flies. Vaccination through leishmanization with live Leishmania major has been used successfully but is no longer practiced because it resulted in occasional skin lesions. A second generation leishmanization is described here using a CRISPR genome edited L. major strain (LmCen-/-). Notably, LmCen-/- is a genetically engineered centrin gene knock-out mutant strain that is antibiotic resistant marker free and does not have detectable off-target mutations. Mice immunized with LmCen-/- have no visible lesions following challenge with L. major-infected sand flies, while non-immunized animals develop large and progressive lesions with a 2-log fold higher parasite burden. LmCen-/- immunization results in protection and an immune response comparable to leishmanization. LmCen-/- is safe since it is unable to cause disease in immunocompromised mice, induces robust host protection against vector sand fly challenge and because it is marker free, can be advanced to human vaccine trials.


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Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/genética , Leishmania major/genética , Leishmania major/patogenicidade , Vacinas Atenuadas/uso terapêutico , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Dexametasona/farmacologia , Feminino , Citometria de Fluxo , Edição de Genes , Engenharia Genética , Humanos , Imunossupressão , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Psychodidae/parasitologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa
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