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Microb Cell Fact ; 18(1): 162, 2019 Oct 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31581942

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Efficient and convenient genome-editing toolkits can expedite genomic research and strain improvement for desirable phenotypes. Zymomonas mobilis is a highly efficient ethanol-producing bacterium with a small genome size and desirable industrial characteristics, which makes it a promising chassis for biorefinery and synthetic biology studies. While classical techniques for genetic manipulation are available for Z. mobilis, efficient genetic engineering toolkits enabling rapidly systematic and high-throughput genome editing in Z. mobilis are still lacking. RESULTS: Using Cas12a (Cpf1) from Francisella novicida, a recombinant strain with inducible cas12a expression for genome editing was constructed in Z. mobilis ZM4, which can be used to mediate RNA-guided DNA cleavage at targeted genomic loci. gRNAs were then designed targeting the replicons of native plasmids of ZM4 with about 100% curing efficiency for three native plasmids. In addition, CRISPR-Cas12a recombineering was used to promote gene deletion and insertion in one step efficiently and precisely with efficiency up to 90%. Combined with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA), CRISPR-Cas12a system was also applied to introduce minor nucleotide modification precisely into the genome with high fidelity. Furthermore, the CRISPR-Cas12a system was employed to introduce a heterologous lactate dehydrogenase into Z. mobilis with a recombinant lactate-producing strain constructed. CONCLUSIONS: This study applied CRISPR-Cas12a in Z. mobilis and established a genome editing tool for efficient and convenient genome engineering in Z. mobilis including plasmid curing, gene deletion and insertion, as well as nucleotide substitution, which can also be employed for metabolic engineering to help divert the carbon flux from ethanol production to other products such as lactate demonstrated in this work. The CRISPR-Cas12a system established in this study thus provides a versatile and powerful genome-editing tool in Z. mobilis for functional genomic research, strain improvement, as well as synthetic microbial chassis development for economic biochemical production.


Assuntos
Edição de Genes/métodos , Genoma Bacteriano , Zymomonas/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas , Endonucleases/metabolismo , Francisella/enzimologia , Plasmídeos/genética , Plasmídeos/metabolismo , RNA Guia/genética , RNA Guia/metabolismo , Zymomonas/metabolismo
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Sheng Li Xue Bao ; 71(4): 588-596, 2019 Aug 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31440756

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The aim of the study was to establish Ace2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) knockout mouse model with CRISPR/Cas9 gene targeting technology. A vector targeting Ace2 gene knockout was constructed with the primers of single-guide RNA (gRNA), and then transcribed gRNA/Cas9 mRNA was micro-injected into the mouse zygote. The deletion of exons 3 to 18 of Ace2 gene in mice was detected and identified by PCR and gene sequencing. The Ace2 gene knock-out mice were bred and copulated. Ace2 protein and mRNA expression were detected by Western blot and qRT-PCR in F3 progeny knock-out male mice. The gRNA expression vector was successfully constructed and transcribed in vitro, and active gRNA and Cas9 mRNA were injected directly into zygote. The deletion of exons 3 to 18 of Ace2 gene in six positive founder mice as the F0 generation were confirmed by PCR and gene sequencing. Six founder mice were mated with wild-type mice, then achieved F1 generation were mated and produced F2 generation. The female positive mouse of F2 was selected to mate with wild-type mice and produce Ace2-/Y mice of F3 generation. Ace2 mRNA and protein were not detected in tissues of these Ace2-/Y mice. In conclusion, a mouse model with Ace2 deficiency has been successfully established with CRISPR/Cas9 technique, which shall lay a foundation for future investigation of Ace2.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Camundongos Knockout , RNA Guia/genética , Animais , Feminino , Marcação de Genes , Masculino , Camundongos
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BMC Plant Biol ; 19(1): 311, 2019 Jul 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31307375

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing is now revolutionizing the ability to effectively modify plant genomes in the absence of efficient homologous recombination mechanisms that exist in other organisms. However, soybean is allotetraploid and is commonly viewed as difficult and inefficient to transform. In this study, we demonstrate the utility of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in soybean at relatively high efficiency. This was shown by specifically targeting the Fatty Acid Desaturase 2 (GmFAD2) that converts the monounsaturated oleic acid (C18:1) to the polyunsaturated linoleic acid (C18:2), therefore, regulating the content of monounsaturated fats in soybean seeds. RESULTS: We designed two gRNAs to guide Cas9 to simultaneously cleave two sites, spaced 1Kb apart, within the second exons of GmFAD2-1A and GmFAD2-1B. In order to test whether the Cas9 and gRNAs would perform properly in transgenic soybean plants, we first tested the CRISPR construct we developed by transient hairy root transformation using Agrobacterium rhizogenesis strain K599. Once confirmed, we performed stable soybean transformation and characterized ten, randomly selected T0 events. Genotyping of CRISPR/Cas9 T0 transgenic lines detected a variety of mutations including large and small DNA deletions, insertions and inversions in the GmFAD2 genes. We detected CRISPR- edited DNA in all the tested T0 plants and 77.8% of the events transmitted the GmFAD2 mutant alleles to T1 progenies. More importantly, null mutants for both GmFAD2 genes were obtained in 40% of the T0 plants we genotyped. The fatty acid profile analysis of T1 seeds derived from CRISPR-edited plants homozygous for both GmFAD2 genes showed dramatic increases in oleic acid content to over 80%, whereas linoleic acid decreased to 1.3-1.7%. In addition, transgene-free high oleic soybean homozygous genotypes were created as early as the T1 generation. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, our data showed that dual gRNA CRISPR/Cas9 system offers a rapid and highly efficient method to simultaneously edit homeologous soybean genes, which can greatly facilitate breeding and gene discovery in this important crop plant.


Assuntos
Ácidos Graxos Dessaturases/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Genes de Plantas , RNA Guia , Soja/genética , Ácido alfa-Linoleico/genética , Agrobacterium/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Marcadores Genéticos , Vetores Genéticos , Técnicas de Genotipagem , Padrões de Herança , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 14: 4353-4366, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31354265

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Purpose: Gene therapy has become a promising remedy to treat disease by modifying the person's genes. The therapeutic potential of related tools such as CRISPR-Cas9 depends on the efficiency of delivery to the targeted cells. Numerous transfection reagents have been designed and lots of efforts have been devoted to develop carriers for this purpose. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to develop novel cholesterol-rich lipid-based nanoparticles to enhance transfection efficiency and serum stability. Materials and methods: We constructed two-, three- and four-component cationic liposomes (CLs) to evaluate the combined effect of cholesterol domain and DOPE (dioleoyl phosphatidylethanolamine), a fusogenic lipid, and the PEG (polyethylene glycol) moiety location inside or outside of the cholesterol domain on transfection efficiency and other properties of the particle. Lipoplex formation and pDNA (plasmid DNA) entrapment were assessed by gel retardation assay at different N/P ratios (3, 5, 7). Physicochemical characteristics, cytotoxicity, serum stability and endosomal escape capability of the lipoplexes were studied and transfection potential was measured by firefly luciferase assay. Next, HEK293 cell line stably expressing GFP was utilized to demonstrate the editing of a reporter through Cas9 and sgRNA plasmids delivery by the selected CL formula, which showed the highest transfection efficiency. Results: Among the designed CLs, the four-component formula [DOTAP (1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammoniumpropane)/DOPE/cholesterol/Chol-PEG (cholesterol-polyethylene glycol)] showed the highest rate of transfection at N/P 3. Finally, transfection of Cas9/sgRNA by this formulation at N/P 3 resulted in 39% gene-editing efficiency to knockout GFP reporter. The results also show that this CL with no cytotoxicity effect can totally protect the plasmids from enzymatic degradation in serum. Conclusion: The novel PEGylated cholesterol domain lipoplex providing serum stability, higher transfection efficiency and endosomal release can be used for in vivo Cas9/sgRNA delivery and other future gene-therapy applications.


Assuntos
Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/metabolismo , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Colesterol/química , Edição de Genes , Nanopartículas/química , Transfecção/métodos , Cátions/química , Morte Celular , Colesterol/análogos & derivados , Ensaio de Desvio de Mobilidade Eletroforética , Endossomos/metabolismo , Ácidos Graxos Monoinsaturados/química , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Lipossomos/química , Tamanho da Partícula , Fosfatidiletanolaminas/química , Plasmídeos/metabolismo , Polietilenoglicóis/química , Compostos de Amônio Quaternário/química , RNA Guia/metabolismo , Eletricidade Estática
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Nature ; 571(7764): 219-225, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31189177

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Conventional CRISPR-Cas systems maintain genomic integrity by leveraging guide RNAs for the nuclease-dependent degradation of mobile genetic elements, including plasmids and viruses. Here we describe a notable inversion of this paradigm, in which bacterial Tn7-like transposons have co-opted nuclease-deficient CRISPR-Cas systems to catalyse RNA-guided integration of mobile genetic elements into the genome. Programmable transposition of Vibrio cholerae Tn6677 in Escherichia coli requires CRISPR- and transposon-associated molecular machineries, including a co-complex between the DNA-targeting complex Cascade and the transposition protein TniQ. Integration of donor DNA occurs in one of two possible orientations at a fixed distance downstream of target DNA sequences, and can accommodate variable length genetic payloads. Deep-sequencing experiments reveal highly specific, genome-wide DNA insertion across dozens of unique target sites. This discovery of a fully programmable, RNA-guided integrase lays the foundation for genomic manipulations that obviate the requirements for double-strand breaks and homology-directed repair.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Elementos de DNA Transponíveis/genética , DNA Bacteriano/genética , DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , Edição de Genes/métodos , Mutagênese Insercional/métodos , RNA Bacteriano/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Sequência de Bases , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/genética , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/metabolismo , Endodesoxirribonucleases/genética , Endodesoxirribonucleases/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Genoma Bacteriano/genética , Integrases/genética , Integrases/metabolismo , Mutagênese Sítio-Dirigida/métodos , RNA Guia/genética , Especificidade por Substrato , Vibrio cholerae/genética
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2544, 2019 06 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31186424

RESUMO

Cas13d, the type VI-D CRISPR-Cas effector, is an RNA-guided ribonuclease that has been repurposed to edit RNA in a programmable manner. Here we report the detailed structural and functional analysis of the uncultured Ruminococcus sp. Cas13d (UrCas13d)-crRNA complex. Two hydrated Mg2+ ions aid in stabilizing the conformation of the crRNA repeat region. Sequestration of divalent metal ions does not alter pre-crRNA processing, but abolishes target cleavage by UrCas13d. Notably, the pre-crRNA processing is executed by the HEPN-2 domain. Furthermore, both the structure and sequence of the nucleotides U(-8)-C(-1) within the repeat region are indispensable for target cleavage, and are specifically recognized by UrCas13d. Moreover, correct base pairings within two separate spacer regions (an internal and a 3'-end region) are essential for target cleavage. These findings provide a framework for the development of Cas13d into a tool for a wide range of applications.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/genética , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas , Ribonucleases/metabolismo , Ruminococcus/genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/química , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/metabolismo , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Conformação de Ácido Nucleico , Domínios Proteicos , Processamento Pós-Transcricional do RNA , RNA Bacteriano/genética , RNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , RNA Guia/genética , Ribonucleases/química , Ribonucleases/genética , Ruminococcus/enzimologia
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Nat Methods ; 16(7): 633-639, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31235883

RESUMO

Mammalian genomes are folded into tens of thousands of long-range looping interactions. The cause-and-effect relationship between looping and genome function is poorly understood, and the extent to which loops are dynamic on short time scales remains an unanswered question. Here, we engineer a new class of synthetic architectural proteins for directed rearrangement of the three-dimensional genome using blue light. We target our light-activated-dynamic-looping (LADL) system to two genomic anchors with CRISPR guide RNAs and induce their spatial colocalization via light-induced heterodimerization of cryptochrome 2 and a dCas9-CIBN fusion protein. We apply LADL to redirect a stretch enhancer (SE) away from its endogenous Klf4 target gene and to the Zfp462 promoter. Using single-molecule RNA-FISH, we demonstrate that de novo formation of the Zfp462-SE loop correlates with a modest increase in Zfp462 expression. LADL facilitates colocalization of genomic loci without exogenous chemical cofactors and will enable future efforts to engineer reversible and oscillatory loops on short time scales.


Assuntos
Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Engenharia de Proteínas , Animais , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Células Cultivadas , Fatores de Transcrição Kruppel-Like/genética , Luz , Masculino , Camundongos , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , RNA Guia/genética
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2883, 2019 06 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31253768

RESUMO

A substantial number of mouse genes, about 25%, are embryonically lethal when knocked out. Using current genetic tools, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system, it is difficult-or even impossible-to produce viable mice with heritable embryonically lethal mutations. Here, we establish a one-step method for microinjection of CRISPR reagents into one blastomere of two-cell embryos to generate viable chimeric founder mice with a heritable embryonically lethal mutation, of either Virma or Dpm1. By examining founder mice, we identify a phenotype and role of Virma in regulating kidney metabolism in adult mice. Additionally, we generate knockout mice with a heritable postnatally lethal mutation, of either Slc17a5 or Ctla-4, and study its function in vivo. This one-step method provides a convenient system that rapidly generates knockout mice possessing lethal phenotypes. This allows relatively easy in vivo study of the associated genes' functions.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Embrião de Mamíferos/fisiologia , Animais , Desenvolvimento Embrionário , Feminino , Edição de Genes/métodos , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Camundongos Knockout , Mutação , RNA Guia , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 20(1): 332, 2019 Jun 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31195957

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: CRISPR-Cpf1 has recently been reported as another RNA-guided endonuclease of class 2 CRISPR-Cas system, which expands the molecular biology toolkit for genome editing. However, most of the online tools and applications to date have been developed primarily for the Cas9. There are a limited number of tools available for the Cpf1. RESULTS: We present DeepCpf1, a deep convolution neural networks (CNN) approach to predict Cpf1 guide RNAs on-target activity and off-target effects using their matched and mismatched DNA sequences. Trained on published data sets, DeepCpf1 is superior to other machine learning algorithms and reliably predicts the most efficient and less off-target effects guide RNAs for a given gene. Combined with a permutation importance analysis, the key features of guide RNA sequences are identified, which determine the activity and specificity of genome editing. CONCLUSIONS: DeepCpf1 can significantly improve the accuracy of Cpf1-based genome editing and facilitates the generation of optimized guide RNAs libraries.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Aprendizado Profundo , Endonucleases/metabolismo , Redes Neurais (Computação) , Algoritmos , Sequência de Bases , RNA Guia/genética
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Chem Commun (Camb) ; 55(57): 8219-8222, 2019 Jul 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31210215

RESUMO

Here we reported a new strategy to construct synthetic metabolons using dCas9-guided assembly. Three orthogonal dCas9 proteins were exploited to guide the independent and site-specific assembly of their fusion partners onto a single DNA scaffold. This new platform was applied towards the construction of a two-component cellulosome. Because of the superior binding affinity, the resulting structures exhibited both improved assembly and reducing sugar production. Conditional enzyme assembly was made possible by utilizing toehold-gated sgRNA (thgRNA), which blocks cellulosome formation until the spacer region is unblocked by a RNA trigger. This platform is highly modular owing to the ease of target synthesis, combinations of possible Cas9-fusion arrangements, and expansion to other metabolic pathways.


Assuntos
Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/metabolismo , RNA Guia/metabolismo , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/química , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Celulase/química , Celulase/genética , Celulase/metabolismo , Celulossomas/química , Celulossomas/metabolismo , DNA/química , DNA/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , RNA Guia/genética
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2852, 2019 06 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31253764

RESUMO

Cytosine base editors (CBEs) enable programmable C-to-T conversion without DNA double-stranded breaks and homology-directed repair in a variety of organisms, which exhibit great potential for agricultural and biomedical applications. However, all reported cases only involved C-to-T substitution at a single targeted genomic site. Whether C-to-T substitution is effective in multiple sites/loci has not been verified in large animals. Here, by using pigs, an important animal for agriculture and biomedicine, as the subjective animal, we showed that CBEs could efficiently induce C-to-T conversions at multiple sites/loci with the combination of three genes, including DMD, TYR, and LMNA, or RAG1, RAG2, and IL2RG, simultaneously, at the embryonic and cellular levels. CBEs also could disrupt genes (pol gene of porcine endogenous retrovirus) with dozens of copies by introducing multiple premature stop codons. With the CBEs, pigs carrying single gene or multiple gene point mutations were generated through embryo injection or nuclear transfer approach.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Edição de Genes , Mutação Puntual , Suínos/genética , Desaminase APOBEC-1 , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR , DNA/genética , Técnicas de Cultura Embrionária , Embrião de Mamíferos , Genoma , Técnicas de Transferência Nuclear/veterinária , RNA Guia/metabolismo , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo
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J Vet Sci ; 20(3): e23, 2019 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31161741

RESUMO

The clustered regularly interspaced short palindrome repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system is a versatile genome editing tool with high efficiency. A guide sequence of 20 nucleotides (nt) is commonly used in application of CRISPR/Cas9; however, the relationship between the length of the guide sequence and the efficiency of CRISPR/Cas9 in porcine cells is still not clear. To illustrate this issue, guide RNAs of different lengths targeting the EGFP gene were designed. Specifically, guide RNAs of 17 nt or longer were sufficient to direct the Cas9 protein to cleave target DNA sequences, while 15 nt or shorter guide RNAs had loss-of-function. Full-length guide RNAs complemented with mismatches also showed loss-of-function. When the shortened guide RNA and target DNA heteroduplex (gRNA:DNA heteroduplex) was blocked by mismatch, the CRISPR/Cas9 would be interfered with. These results suggested the length of the gRNA:DNA heteroduplex was a key factor for maintaining high efficiency of the CRISPR/Cas9 system rather than weak bonding between shortened guide RNA and Cas9 in porcine cells.


Assuntos
Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Edição de Genes , Ácidos Nucleicos Heteroduplexes/genética , RNA Guia/genética , Animais , Pareamento Incorreto de Bases/genética , Linhagem Celular , Edição de Genes/normas , Genes erbB-1/genética , Ácidos Nucleicos Heteroduplexes/química , RNA Guia/química , Suínos
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Adv Mater ; 31(33): e1902575, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31215123

RESUMO

A main challenge to broaden the biomedical application of CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) associated protein 9) genome editing technique is the delivery of Cas9 nuclease and single-guide RNA (sgRNA) into the specific cell and organ. An effective and very fast CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in vitro and in vivo enabled by bioreducible lipid/Cas9 messenger RNA (mRNA) nanoparticle is reported. BAMEA-O16B, a lipid nanoparticle integrated with disulfide bonds, can efficiently deliver Cas9 mRNA and sgRNA into cells while releasing RNA in response to the reductive intracellular environment for genome editing as fast as 24 h post mRNA delivery. It is demonstrated that the simultaneous delivery of Cas9 mRNA and sgRNA using BAMEA-O16B knocks out green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression of human embryonic kidney cells with efficiency up to 90%. Moreover, the intravenous injection of BAMEA-O16B/Cas9 mRNA/sgRNA nanoparticle effectively accumulates in hepatocytes, and knocks down proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 level in mouse serum down to 20% of nontreatment. The leading lipid nanoparticle, BAMEA-O16B, represents one of the most efficient CRISPR/Cas9 delivery nanocarriers reported so far, and it can broaden the therapeutic promise of mRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 technique further.


Assuntos
Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Lipídeos/química , Nanopartículas/química , RNA Guia/química , RNA Mensageiro/química , Animais , Transporte Biológico , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes/métodos , Técnicas de Transferência de Genes , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Oxirredução , Pró-Proteína Convertase 9/genética , Pró-Proteína Convertase 9/metabolismo , RNA Guia/administração & dosagem , RNA Mensageiro/administração & dosagem
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World J Microbiol Biotechnol ; 35(6): 79, 2019 May 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31134410

RESUMO

The methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris is widely used in recombinant expression of eukaryotic proteins owing to the ability of post-translational modification, tightly regulated promoters, and high cell density fermentation. However, episomal plasmids for heterologous gene expression and the CRISPR/Cas9 system for genome editing have not been well developed in P. pastoris. In the present study, a panel of episomal plasmids containing various autonomously replicating sequences (ARSs) were constructed and their performance in transformation efficiency, copy numbers, and propagation stability were systematically compared. Among the five ARSs with different origins, panARS isolated from Kluyveromyces lactis was determined to have the best performance and used to develop an efficient CRISPR/Cas9 based genome editing system. Compared with a previously reported system using the endogenous and most commonly used ARS (PARS1), the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing efficiency was increased for more than tenfold. Owing to the higher plasmid stability with panARS, efficient CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing with a type III promoter (i.e. SER promoter) to drive the expression of the single guide RNA (sgRNA) was achieved for the first time. The constructed episomal plasmids and developed CRISPR/Cas9 system will be important synthetic biology tools for both fundamental studies and industrial applications of P. pastoris.


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Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Edição de Genes/métodos , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Pichia/genética , Plasmídeos/genética , Transformação Genética , Replicação do DNA , Escherichia coli/genética , Dosagem de Genes , Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Vetores Genéticos , Instabilidade Genômica , Microbiologia Industrial , Kluyveromyces/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , RNA Guia , Biologia Sintética
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2092, 2019 05 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31064995

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The CRISPR effector protein Cas12a has been used for a wide variety of applications such as in vivo gene editing and regulation or in vitro DNA sensing. Here, we add programmability to Cas12a-based DNA processing by combining it with strand displacement-based reaction circuits. We first establish a viable strategy for augmenting Cas12a guide RNAs (gRNAs) at their 5' end and then use such 5' extensions to construct strand displacement gRNAs (SD gRNAs) that can be activated by single-stranded RNA trigger molecules. These SD gRNAs are further engineered to exhibit a digital and orthogonal response to different trigger RNA inputs-including full length mRNAs-and to function as multi-input logic gates. We also demonstrate that SD gRNAs can be designed to work inside bacterial cells. Using such in vivo SD gRNAs and a DNase inactive version of Cas12a (dCas12a), we demonstrate logic gated transcriptional control of gene expression in E. coli.


Assuntos
Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , RNA Guia/genética , Acidaminococcus/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas Associadas a CRISPR/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica/genética , Plasmídeos/genética , Transformação Bacteriana
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2113, 2019 05 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31068592

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Gene editing by CRISPR/Cas9 is commonly used to generate germline mutations or perform in vitro screens, but applicability for in vivo screening has so far been limited. Recently, it was shown that in Drosophila, Cas9 expression could be limited to a desired group of cells, allowing tissue-specific mutagenesis. Here, we thoroughly characterize tissue-specific (ts)CRISPR within the complex neuronal system of the Drosophila mushroom body. We report the generation of a library of gRNA-expressing plasmids and fly lines using optimized tools, which provides a valuable resource to the fly community. We demonstrate the application of our library in a large-scale in vivo screen, which reveals insights into developmental neuronal remodeling.


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Animais Geneticamente Modificados/genética , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/genética , Drosophila/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Animais , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Feminino , Masculino , Corpos Pedunculados/metabolismo , Mutagênese , Sistema Nervoso/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Plasticidade Neuronal/genética , Neurônios/fisiologia , Plasmídeos/genética , RNA Guia/genética
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2127, 2019 05 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31073154

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The CRISPR-Cas9 system provides the ability to edit, repress, activate, or mark any gene (or DNA element) by pairing of a programmable single guide RNA (sgRNA) with a complementary sequence on the DNA target. Here we present a new method for small-molecule control of CRISPR-Cas9 function through insertion of RNA aptamers into the sgRNA. We show that CRISPR-Cas9-based gene repression (CRISPRi) can be either activated or deactivated in a dose-dependent fashion over a >10-fold dynamic range in response to two different small-molecule ligands. Since our system acts directly on each target-specific sgRNA, it enables new applications that require differential and opposing temporal control of multiple genes.


Assuntos
Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/genética , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , RNA Guia/genética , DNA/genética , Ligantes
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2119, 2019 05 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31073172

RESUMO

Master transcription factors have the ability to direct and reverse cellular identities, and consequently their genes must be subject to particular transcriptional control. However, it is unclear which molecular processes are responsible for impeding their activation and safeguarding cellular identities. Here we show that the targeting of dCas9-VP64 to the promoter of the master transcription factor Sox1 results in strong transcript and protein up-regulation in neural progenitor cells (NPCs). This gene activation restores lost neuronal differentiation potential, which substantiates the role of Sox1 as a master transcription factor. However, despite efficient transactivator binding, major proportions of progenitor cells are unresponsive to the transactivating stimulus. By combining the transactivation domain with epigenome editing we find that among a series of euchromatic processes, the removal of DNA methylation (by dCas9-Tet1) has the highest potential to increase the proportion of cells activating foreign master transcription factors and thus breaking down cell identity barriers.


Assuntos
Diferenciação Celular/genética , Reprogramação Celular/genética , Epigênese Genética , Células-Tronco Neurais/fisiologia , Fatores de Transcrição SOXB1/metabolismo , Animais , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Linhagem Celular , Metilação de DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Edição de Genes/métodos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Camundongos , Neuroglia/citologia , Neuroglia/fisiologia , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/metabolismo , RNA Guia/genética , RNA Guia/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição SOXB1/genética , Transcrição Genética/genética
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