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Protein & Cell ; (12): 39-56, 2021.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880896

ABSTRACT

Gene expression labeling and conditional manipulation of gene function are important for elaborate dissection of gene function. However, contemporary generation of pairwise dual-function knockin alleles to achieve both conditional and geno-tagging effects with a single donor has not been reported. Here we first developed a strategy based on a flipping donor named FoRe to generate conditional knockout alleles coupled with fluorescent allele-labeling through NHEJ-mediated unidirectional targeted insertion in zebrafish facilitated by the CRISPR/Cas system. We demonstrated the feasibility of this strategy at sox10 and isl1 loci, and successfully achieved Cre-induced conditional knockout of target gene function and simultaneous switch of the fluorescent reporter, allowing generation of genetic mosaics for lineage tracing. We then improved the donor design enabling efficient one-step bidirectional knockin to generate paired positive and negative conditional alleles, both tagged with two different fluorescent reporters. By introducing Cre recombinase, these alleles could be used to achieve both conditional knockout and conditional gene restoration in parallel; furthermore, differential fluorescent labeling of the positive and negative alleles enables simple, early and efficient real-time discrimination of individual live embryos bearing different genotypes prior to the emergence of morphologically visible phenotypes. We named our improved donor as Bi-FoRe and demonstrated its feasibility at the sox10 locus. Furthermore, we eliminated the undesirable bacterial backbone in the donor using minicircle DNA technology. Our system could easily be expanded for other applications or to other organisms, and coupling fluorescent labeling of gene expression and conditional manipulation of gene function will provide unique opportunities to fully reveal the power of emerging single-cell sequencing technologies.


Subject(s)
Alleles , Animals , CRISPR-Cas Systems , DNA End-Joining Repair , DNA, Circular/metabolism , Embryo, Nonmammalian , Gene Editing/methods , Gene Knock-In Techniques , Gene Knockout Techniques , Genes, Reporter , Genetic Loci , Genotyping Techniques , Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism , Integrases/metabolism , Luminescent Proteins/metabolism , Mutagenesis, Insertional , Single-Cell Analysis , Zebrafish/metabolism
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Chinese Journal of Biotechnology ; (12): 655-662, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-878590

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The transposon vector containing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) was injected into early housefly (Musca domestica L.) eggs by microinjection method to realize stable gene expression in vivo for verification, and to study housefly gene function. A borosilicate glass micro injection needle suitable for microinjection of housefly eggs was made, the softening treatment conditions of housefly egg shells were explored, and a microinjection technology platform suitable for housefly was constructed with a high-precision microsyringe Nanoject Ⅲ as the main body. The recombinant plasmid PiggyBac-[3×P3]-EGFP containing the eye-specific 3×P3 promoter and EGFP and the stable genetic expression helper plasmid pHA3pig helper were microinjected into the treated housefly eggs. After emergence, the eye luminescence was observed, and the expression and transcription level of EGFP were detected. The results showed that the normal hatching rate of housefly eggs was 55% when rinsed in bleaching water for 35 s. The hardness of the egg shell treated for 35 s was suitable for injection and the injection needle was not easy to break. About 3% of the emerged housefly eyes had green fluorescence. Through further molecular detection, EGFP specific fragments with a size of 750 bp were amplified from DNA and RNA of housefly. Through the technical platform, the stable expression of reporter genes in housefly can be conveniently and effectively realized, and a bioreactor with housefly as the main body can be established, which provides certain reference value for subsequent research on housefly gene function.


Subject(s)
Animals , Animals, Genetically Modified , Gene Expression , Genes, Reporter , Green Fluorescent Proteins/genetics , Houseflies/genetics , Microinjections
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Electron. j. biotechnol ; 45: 1-9, May 15, 2020. ilus
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1177370

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BACKGROUND: Maize is one of the most important crops worldwide and has been a target of nuclear-based transformation biotechnology to improve it and satisfy the food demand of the ever-growing global population. However, the maize plastid transformation has not been accomplished due to the recalcitrant condition of the crop. RESULTS: In this study, we constructed two different vectors with homologous recombination sequences from maize (Zea mays var. LPC13) and grass (Bouteloua gracilis var. ex Steud) (pZmcpGFP and pBgcpGFP, respectively). Both vectors were designed to integrate into rrn23S/rrn16S from an inverted repeat region in the chloroplast genome. Moreover, the vector had the mgfp5 gene driven by Prrn, a leader sequence of the atpB gene and a terminator sequence from the rbcL gene. Also, constructs have an hph gene as a selection marker gene driven by Prrn, a leader sequence from rbcL gene and a terminator sequence from the rbcL gene. Explants of maize, tobacco and Escherichia coli cells were transformed with both vectors to evaluate the transitory expression­an exhibition of green and red fluorescent light under epifluorescence microscopy. These results showed that both vectors were expressed; the reporter gene in all three organisms confirmed the capacity of the vectors to express genes in the cell compartments. CONCLUSIONS: This paper is the first report of transient expression of GFP in maize embryos and offers new information for genetically improving recalcitrant crops; it also opens new possibilities for the improvement in maize chloroplast transformation with these vectors.


Subject(s)
Tobacco/metabolism , Chloroplasts/genetics , Chloroplasts/metabolism , Zea mays/genetics , Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism , Transformation, Genetic , Biotechnology , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Plants, Genetically Modified , Plastids/genetics , Green Fluorescent Proteins/genetics , Escherichia coli , Genome, Chloroplast
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J. appl. oral sci ; 28: e20190558, 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS, BBO | ID: biblio-1101249

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Abstract Objective Ameloblastoma is a representative odontogenic tumor comprising several characteristic invasive forms, and its pathophysiology has not been sufficiently elucidated. A stable animal experimental model using immortalized cell lines is crucial to explain the factors causing differences among the subtypes of ameloblastoma, but this model has not yet been disclosed. In this study, a novel animal experimental model has been established, using immortalized human ameloblastoma-derived cell lines. Methodology Ameloblastoma cells suspended in Matrigel were subcutaneously transplanted into the heads of immunodeficient mice. Two immortalized human ameloblastoma cell lines were used: AM-1 cells derived from the plexiform type and AM-3 cells derived from the follicular type. The tissues were evaluated histologically 30, 60, and 90 days after transplantation. Results Tumor masses formed in all transplanted mice. In addition, the tumors formed in each group transplanted with different ameloblastoma cells were histologically distinct: the tumors in the group transplanted with AM-1 cells were similar to the plexiform type, and those in the group transplanted with AM-3-cells were similar to the follicular type. Conclusions A novel, stable animal experimental model of ameloblastoma was established using two cell lines derived from different subtypes of the tumor. This model can help clarify its pathophysiology and hasten the development of new ameloblastoma treatment strategies.


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Animals , Female , Mice , Ameloblastoma/pathology , Disease Models, Animal , Neoplasms, Experimental/pathology , Proteoglycans , Time Factors , Immunohistochemistry , Cells, Cultured , Reproducibility of Results , Collagen , Laminin , Cell Line, Tumor , Green Fluorescent Proteins/analysis , Drug Combinations
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Biol. Res ; 53: 22, 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1124207

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BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a devastating genetic muscular disorder with no effective treatment that is caused by the loss of dystrophin. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) offer a promising unlimited resource for cell-based therapies of muscular dystrophy. However, their clinical applications are hindered by inefficient myogenic differentiation, and moreover, the engraftment of non-transgene hiPSC-derived myogenic progenitors has not been examined in the mdx mouse model of DMD. METHODS: We investigated the muscle regenerative potential of myogenic progenitors derived from hiPSCs in mdx mice. The hiPSCs were transfected with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) vector and defined as EGFP hiPSCs. Myogenic differentiation was performed on EGFP hiPSCs with supplementary of basic fibroblast growth factor, forskolin, 6-bromoindirubin-3'-oxime as well as horse serum. EGFP hiPSCs-derived myogenic progenitors were engrafted into mdx mice via both intramuscular and intravenous injection. The restoration of dystrophin expression, the ratio of central nuclear myofibers, and the transplanted cells-derived satellite cells were accessed after intramuscular and systemic transplantation. RESULTS: We report that abundant myogenic progenitors can be generated from hiPSCs after treatment with these three small molecules, with consequent terminal differentiation giving rise to mature myotubes in vitro. Upon intramuscular or systemic transplantation into mdx mice, these myogenic progenitors engrafted and contributed to human-derived myofiber regeneration in host muscles, restored dystrophin expression, ameliorated pathological lesions, and seeded the satellite cell compartment in dystrophic muscles. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates the muscle regeneration potential of myogenic progenitors derived from hiPSCs using non-transgenic induction methods. Engraftment of hiPSC-derived myogenic progenitors could be a potential future therapeutic strategy to treat DMD in a clinical setting.


Subject(s)
Humans , Animals , Male , Mice , Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne/therapy , Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells/transplantation , Cell Differentiation , Cells, Cultured , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Disease Models, Animal , Mice, Inbred C57BL
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Bol. latinoam. Caribe plantas med. aromát ; 19(6): 542-554, 2020. ilus, tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1284288

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The enrichment of therapeutic protein production yield in mammalian cell cultures by modulating mRNA stability is a fairly new strategy in biotechnological applications. Here, we describe the application of 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) from RNA viral genome to modulate mRNA stability.The data obtained showed that the use of the 3 'UTR sequence of the encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV 3'UTR) downstream of the target gene was not able to significantly modulate the free energy density indicators of the RNA. However, the sequence influenced the stability of the mRNA (and, therefore, the amount of protein production) in a cell type and time-dependent manner, indicating a central role of mRNA-stabilizing binding sites/cellular factors in this process. Our data might be of interest for the biotechnology community to improve recombinant protein production in mammalian cell cultures and RNA-based therapy/vaccination approaches.


El enriquecimiento de la producción terapéutica de proteínas en cultivos de células de mamíferos mediante la modulación de la estabilidad del ARNm es una estrategia nueva en aplicaciones biotecnológicas. Se describe la aplicación de la región 3'-no traducida (3'UTR) del genoma viral ARN para modular la estabilidad del ARNm. Los datos obtenidos mostraron que el uso de la secuencia 3'UTR del virus de la encefalomiocarditis (EMCV 3'UTR) aguas abajo del gen objetivo no pudo modular significativamente los indicadores de densidad de energía libre del ARN. Sin embargo, la secuencia influyó en la estabilidad del ARNm (y, por lo tanto, en la cantidad de producción de proteínas) dependiente de la célula y del tiempo, lo que indica un papel central de los sitios de unión estabilizadores de ARNm/factores celulares en este proceso. Nuestros datos podrían ser de interés para la comunidad biotecnológica para mejorar la producción de proteínas recombinantes en cultivos de células de mamíferos y en enfoques de terapia/vacunación basados en ARN.


Subject(s)
Biological Products , Recombinant Proteins/biosynthesis , Untranslated Regions , Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism , Encephalomyocarditis virus/metabolism , Biotechnology , Genome, Viral , Cell Culture Techniques , RNA Stability , Encephalomyocarditis virus/genetics
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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 115: e190347, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | SES-SP, LILACS, SES-SP | ID: biblio-1135231

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BACKGROUND Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is considered a promising live bacterial delivery system. However, several proposals for rBCG vaccines have not progressed, mainly due to the limitations of the available expression systems. OBJECTIVES To obtain a set of mycobacterial vectors using a range of promoters with different strengths based on a standard backbone, previously shown to be stable. METHODS Mycobacterial expression vectors based on the pLA71 vector as backbone, were obtained inserting different promoters (PAN, PαAg, PHsp60, PBlaF* and PL5) and the green fluorescence protein (GFP) as reporter gene, to evaluate features such as their relative strengths, and the in vitro (inside macrophages) and in vivo stability. FINDINGS The relative fluorescence observed with the different vectors showed increasing strength of the promoters: PAN was the weakest in both Mycobacterium smegmatis and BCG and PBlaF* was higher than PHsp60 in BCG. The relative fluorescence observed in a macrophage cell line showed that PBlaF* and PHsp60 were comparable. It was not possible to obtain strains transformed with the extrachromosomal expression vector containing the PL5 in either species. MAIN CONCLUSION We have obtained a set of potentially stable mycobacterial vectors with a arrange of expression levels, to be used in the development of rBCG vaccines.


Subject(s)
Animals , Female , Mice , BCG Vaccine/immunology , Mycobacterium smegmatis/immunology , Green Fluorescent Proteins/immunology , Escherichia coli/immunology , Genetic Vectors/immunology , Mycobacterium bovis/immunology , Escherichia coli/genetics , Genetic Vectors/genetics , Mice, Inbred BALB C
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Journal of Experimental Hematology ; (6): 1812-1819, 2019.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-781535

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OBJECTIVE@#To construct a eukaryotic expression vector of human tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) and to investigate the effect of TFPI-2 gene on the growth of acute monocytic leukemia cell line (SHI-1).@*METHODS@#The cDNA of TFPI-2 was obtained by genetic chemical synthesis, the TFPI-2 gene and the linear vector fragment were ligated and inserted into the multiple cloning site of PEGFP-N1 vector, and the eukaryotic expression vector PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 was transfected SHI-1 cells, then the obtained SHI-1 cells was observed by fluorescence microscopy; MTT assay was used to detect the effect of TFPI-2 gene on the relative growth rate of SHI-1 cells at the different time-point; RT-PCR was used to detect TFPI-2 mRNA expression levels in the cells of each group before and after TFPI-2 transfection; TFPI-2 protein expression was detected by Western blot. The cells which successfully transfected with PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 vector were named as SHI-1-TFPI-2 (experimental group), and the cells transfected with the empty vector pEGFP-N1 and the untransfected cells were named as SHI-1-V and SHI-1-P and used as the control group.@*RESULTS@#The human TFPI-2 gene eukaryotic expression vector PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 was successfully constructed, then the transfected into SHI-1 cells, observed by fluorescence microscopy 24 hours later, as a result, the PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 was successfully transferred into SHI-1 cells, and the number of fluorescent cells increased after 48 h and 72 h. RT-PCR showed that the gray scale ratio of TFPI-2 gene to β- actin in the experimental group was higher than that in the control group. The gray scale ratio was 0.51±0.04 in SHI-1-V group, 0.52±0.03 in SHI-1-P group, 0.87±0.08 in SHI-1-TFPI-2 group, and the difference between SHI-1-TFPI-2 and SHI-1-V, SHI-1-P group was statistically significant (P<0.05).@*CONCLUSION@#The expression of TFPI-2 gene in PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 can inhibit the growth of SHI-1 cells, which provides a research direction for gene therapy of leukemia in the future.


Subject(s)
Eukaryota , Genetic Vectors , Glycoproteins , Metabolism , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Humans , Transfection
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-771912

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OBJECTIVE@#To establish the STO cell lines expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) and mouse leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) , and try to culture the mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) by using the established STO-GFP-mLIF cells as the feeder layer.@*METHODS@#The lentiviral particles containing GFP and mLIF and puromycin-resistance gene were constructed and transduced into STO cell lines. The cell lines stably expressing GFP and mLIF genes were screened out. The expression level of the inserted exogenous LIF gene was tested by Western blot and ELISA. The STO-GFP-mLIF cells were treated with different concentrations of mitomycin C (5, 10, 15, 20 µg/ml) for different time (1.5, 2.5, 3, 3.5 hours) to prepare feeder layers and the cell proliferation level on feeder layer was observed. Mouse embryonic stem cells were cultured on mitomycin C-treated feeder layer and the growth of cell colonies was observed.@*RESULTS@#The expression level of LIF protein in STO-GFP-mLIF cells was up-regulated, as compared with STO cells (P<0.05). It was confirmed that the optimal concentration and time for inhibiting the proliferetion of STO-GFP-mLIF cells by mitomycin C were 10 µg/ml and 3 hours respectively. The observation also found that the embryonic stem cells could develop into typic "birdnest" shaped stem cell colony on mitomycin C-treated feeder layer.@*CONCLUSION@#The stable STO cell lines effectively expressing green fluorescent protein and mouse leukemia inhibitory factor have been established successfully, which can maintain the undifferentiated state of mouse embryonic stem cells.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cell Differentiation , Cell Line , Cell Separation , Embryonic Stem Cells , Feeder Cells , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Leukemia Inhibitory Factor , Mice
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Chinese Journal of Biotechnology ; (12): 626-635, 2019.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-771346

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Self-assembling amphipathic peptides (SAPs) have alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic residues and can affect the thermal stabilities and catalytic properties of the fused enzymes. In this study, a novel multifunctional tag, S1vw (HNANARARHNANARARHNANARARHNARARAR) was developed to modify fused enzymes. After fusing S1vw at the enzymes/proteins N-terminus through a PT-linker, the crude enzymatic activities of polygalacturonate lyase and lipoxygenase were enhanced 3.1- and 1.89-fold, respectively, compared to the wild-type proteins. The relative fluorescence intensity of the green fluorescent protein was enhanced 16.22-fold. All the three S1vw fusions could be purified by nickel column with high purities and acceptable recovery rates. Moreover, S1vw also induced the thermostabilities enhancement of the fusions, with polygalacturonate lyase and lipoxygenase fusions exhibiting 2.16- and 3.2-fold increase compared with the corresponding wild-type, respectively. In addition, S1vw could enhance the production yield of green fluorescent protein in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis while the production of GFP and its S1vw fusion changed slightly in Pichia pastoris. These results indicated that S1vw could be used as a multifunctional tag to benefit the production, thermal stability and purification of the fusion protein in prokaryotic expression system.


Subject(s)
Escherichia coli , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions , Peptides , Pichia , Recombinant Fusion Proteins , Metabolism
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-773841

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OBJECTIVE@#To explore infection rate of different adeno-associated virus (AAV) on knee joint cartilage in mice and to find a good gene editing tool for mice chondrocytes of knee joint.@*METHODS@#Forty-five 4-week-old SPF C57BL/6 weighed(14.3±0.2) g were selected. According to different injections(6 μl) for right knee joint, mice were divided into 9 different groups, 5 mice in each group. The groups were such as following:control group (normal saline), Vigene 2 group (AAV2 from vigene biosciences, titer for 1×10¹³ vg/ml), Vigene 5 group (AAV5 from vigene biosciences, titer for 1×10¹³ vg/ml), Vigene 6 group (AAV6 from vigene biosciences, titer for 1×10¹³ vg/ml), Vigene 7 group (AAV7 from vigene biosciences, titer for 1×10¹³ vg/ml), Vigene 8 group (AAV8 from vigene biosciences, titer for 1×10¹³ vg/ml), Vigene 9 group (AAV9 from vigene biosciences, titer for 1×10¹³ vg/ml), Hanbio DJ group(AAV2-DJ from Hanbio, titer for 1×10¹² vg/ml), Hanbio 5 group (AAV5 from Hanbio, titer for 1×10¹² vg/ml). All AAVs were over-expressed green fluorescent protein(GFP). Knee joint specimens were taken and observed injury of cartilage under stereomicroscope at 30 days after injection, then 10 μm thick frozen sections were prepared. Distribution of green fluorescent protein of meniscus and cartilage of knee joint was observed under fluorescence microscope.@*RESULTS@#Stereomicroscope observation indicated that no obvious lesion was observed in knee joint cartilage of mice after intra-articular injection of AAV. According to frozen sections of knee joints, strong green fluorescence was observed in knee joint cartilage in all AAV experimental groups. Compared with other groups, significantly stronger green fluorescence were observed both in AAV2 and AAV7 groups, whose average fluorescence density was 0.077±0.020 and 0.061±0.022. There were significant differences between two groups and other groups.@*CONCLUSIONS@#AAV could infect chondrocyte of knee joint in vivo by injecting into knee joint cavity. Higher infection efficiency of AAV2 and AAV7 on knee joint cartilage were observed. Local injection of AAV into knee joint cavity could be used as an effective tool for gene editing of knee joint chondrocyte.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cartilage , Dependovirus , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Knee Joint , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL
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Neuroscience Bulletin ; (6): 378-388, 2019.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-776479

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Sparse labeling of neurons contributes to uncovering their morphology, and rapid expression of a fluorescent protein reduces the experiment range. To achieve the goal of rapid and sparse labeling of neurons in vivo, we established a rapid method for depicting the fine structure of neurons at 24 h post-infection based on a mutant virus-like particle of Semliki Forest virus. Approximately 0.014 fluorescent focus-forming units of the mutant virus-like particle transferred enhanced green fluorescent protein into neurons in vivo, and its affinity for neurons in vivo was stronger than for neurons in vitro and BHK21 (baby hamster kidney) cells. Collectively, the mutant virus-like particle provides a robust and convenient way to reveal the fine structure of neurons and is expected to be a helper virus for combining with other tools to determine their connectivity. Our work adds a new tool to the approaches for rapid and sparse labeling of neurons in vivo.


Subject(s)
Animals , Cells, Cultured , Gene Expression , Genetic Vectors , Genetics , Metabolism , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , Immunohistochemistry , Methods , Male , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Microscopy, Fluorescence , Methods , Neurons , Cell Biology , Metabolism , Purkinje Cells , Cell Biology , Metabolism , Semliki forest virus , Genetics
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-772113

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OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the effects of autophagy on osteogenic differentiation of stem cells from the apical papilla (SCAPs) in the presence of tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) stimulation .@*METHODS@#SCAPs treated with TNF- (0, 5, and 10 ng/mL) with or without 5 mmol/L 3-MA were examined for the expression of autophagy marker LC3-Ⅱ using Western blotting. The cells were transfected with GFP-LC3 plasmid and fluorescence microscopy was used for quantitative analysis of intracellular GFP-LC3; AO staining was used to detect the acidic vesicles in the cells. The cell viability was assessed with CCK-8 assays and the cell apoptosis rate was analyzed using flow cytometry. The cells treated with TNF- or with TNF- and 3-MA were cultured in osteogenic differentiation medium for 3 to 14 days, and real- time PCR was used to detect the mRNA expressions of osteogenesis-related genes (ALP, BSP, and OCN) for evaluating the cell differentiation.@*RESULTS@#TNF- induced activation of autophagy in cultured SCAPs. Pharmacological inhibition of TNF--induced autophagy by 3-MA significantly decreased the cell viability and increased the apoptosis rate of SCAPs ( < 0.05). Compared with the cells treated with TNF- alone, the cells treated with both TNF- and 3-MA exhibited decreased expressions of the ALP and BSP mRNA on days 3, 7 and 14 during osteogenic induction ( < 0.05) and decreased expression of OCN mRNA on days 3 and 7 during the induction ( < 0.05).@*CONCLUSIONS@#Autophagy may play an important role during the osteogenic differentiation of SCAPs in the presence of TNF- stimulation.


Subject(s)
Autophagy , Physiology , Cell Differentiation , Physiology , Cell Survival , Cells, Cultured , Dental Papilla , Cell Biology , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Humans , Osteogenesis , Physiology , Stem Cells , Physiology , Transfection , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha , Pharmacology
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Electron. j. biotechnol ; 34: 22-28, july. 2018. ilus, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1047453

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Background: To examine the usefulness of green fluorescent protein (GFP) mice for studying the interactions between normal cells and tumor cells in a host, we used a melanoma model in such "green" mice [C57BL/6-Tg (CAG-EGFP)1Osb mice]. Mice were given a subcutaneous injection of B16-F10 cells, and the resultant primary tumors were removed. Then cells from individual tumors were cultured. Results: The proportion of EFGP+ cells was determined by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and was 6.8% ± 3.2% (mean ± s.d.) on day 1 of culture, 0.6% ± 0.3% on day 2, and 0.02% ± 0.01% at day 7. In all cases, isolated cells grew at a constant rate, but fluorescence decreased over time and became undetectable on day 14. Cells were tested using PCR for the presence of an EGFP-specific sequence, and results were negative in all cases, thus indicating that the cells did not harbor the host's reporter gene. Cells were also tested for the presence of EGFP mRNA, which was consistently detected for 22 days after the start of culture. The tumorogenicity of the cultured cells was confirmed in GFP mice injected with cells from a selection of cultures. Conclusions: In a melanoma model in GFP mice, the detection of "green" cells in tumors was not equivalent to the detection of host-derived cells. Such "masking" was caused by a transient, but lasting, transfer of EGFP mRNA from the host's normal cells to tumor cells. Thus, an analysis of tumors postmortem by techniques that yield only a single snapshot can lead to incorrect interpretations and erroneous conclusions.


Subject(s)
Animals , Mice , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Melanoma , Neoplasm Transplantation , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Neoplasms, Experimental
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Electron. j. biotechnol ; 34: 51-58, july. 2018. ilus, tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1046711

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Background: Capsicum is a genus of an important spice crop that belongs to the chili lineage. However, many Capsicum species (family Solanaceae) are known to be recalcitrant to genetic transformation and in vitro regeneration, thus hampering the effort in using Capsicum species for detailed biological investigation. In this study, we have developed an optimized protocol for the direct transformation of Capsicum frutescens L. cv. Hot Lava using a biolistic particle delivery system. In addition, a procedure for in vitro whole plant regeneration from the hypocotyl explants of C. frutescens was established. Results: In this study on the biolistic system, explant target distance, bombardment helium (He) pressure, and the size of the microcarrier were the key parameters to be investigated. The optimized parameters based on the screening of GFP expression were determined to have a target distance of 6 cm, helium pressure of 1350 psi, and gold particle (microcarrier) size of 1.6 µm. The greatest number of shoots was obtained from hypocotyls as explants using Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with 5.0-mg/L 6-benzylaminopurine and 0.1-mg/L 1-naphthaleneacetic acid. On an average, five shoots per explant were formed, and of them, one shoot managed to form the root and developed into a whole plant. Conclusions: We obtained an optimized protocol for the biolistic transformation of chili and in vitro regeneration of chili plantlets. The establishment of the protocols will provide a platform for molecular breeding and biological studies of chili plants.


Subject(s)
Capsicum/growth & development , Regeneration , Transformation, Genetic , In Vitro Techniques , Capsicum/genetics , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Biolistics , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Tissue Culture Techniques , Metabolic Engineering
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Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 51(1): 66-70, Jan.-Feb. 2018. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1041442

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Abstract INTRODUCTION: Pseudo-infectious yellow fever viral particles (YFV-PIVs) have been used to study vaccines and viral packaging. Here, we report the development of a packaging cell line, which expresses the YFV prM/E proteins. METHODS: HEK293 cells were transfected with YFV prM/E and C (84 nt) genes to generate HEK293-YFV-PrM/E-opt. The cells were evaluated for their ability to express the heterologous proteins and to package the replicon repYFV-17D-LucIRES, generating YFV-PIVs. RESULTS: The expression of prM/E proteins was confirmed, and the cell line trans-packaged the replicon for recovery of a reporter for the YFV-PIVs. CONCLUSIONS: HEK293-YFV-prM/E-opt trans-packaging capacity demonstrates its possible biotechnology application.


Subject(s)
Humans , Virus Replication/immunology , Yellow fever virus/immunology , Virus Assembly/immunology , Vaccines, Virus-Like Particle/immunology , Virus Replication/genetics , Yellow fever virus/genetics , Virus Assembly/genetics , Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect , Green Fluorescent Proteins , HEK293 Cells , Vaccines, Virus-Like Particle/genetics , Flow Cytometry
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Neuroscience Bulletin ; (6): 485-496, 2018.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-777034

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The GABAergic neurons in the parafacial zone (PZ) play an important role in sleep-wake regulation and have been identified as part of a sleep-promoting center in the brainstem, but the long-range connections mediating this function remain poorly characterized. Here, we performed whole-brain mapping of both the inputs and outputs of the GABAergic neurons in the PZ of the mouse brain. We used the modified rabies virus EnvA-ΔG-DsRed combined with a Cre/loxP gene-expression strategy to map the direct monosynaptic inputs to the GABAergic neurons in the PZ, and found that they receive inputs mainly from the hypothalamic area, zona incerta, and parasubthalamic nucleus in the hypothalamus; the substantia nigra, pars reticulata and deep mesencephalic nucleus in the midbrain; and the intermediate reticular nucleus and medial vestibular nucleus (parvocellular part) in the pons and medulla. We also mapped the axonal projections of the PZ GABAergic neurons with adeno-associated virus, and defined the reciprocal connections of the PZ GABAergic neurons with their input and output nuclei. The newly-found inputs and outputs of the PZ were also listed compared with the literature. This cell-type-specific neuronal whole-brain mapping of the PZ GABAergic neurons may reveal the circuits underlying various functions such as sleep-wake regulation.


Subject(s)
Animals , Axons , Physiology , Brain , Brain Mapping , Brain Stem , Cell Biology , GABAergic Neurons , Physiology , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Mice, Transgenic , Neural Pathways , Physiology , Peptide Elongation Factor 1 , Genetics , Metabolism , Rabies virus , Genetics , Metabolism , Transduction, Genetic , Vesicular Inhibitory Amino Acid Transport Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism
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Neuroscience Bulletin ; (6): 912-920, 2018.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-775500

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Astrocytes are closely associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, their precise roles in AD pathogenesis remain controversial. One of the reasons behind the different results reported by different groups might be that astrocytes were targeted at different stages of disease progression. In this study, by crossing hAPP (human amyloid precursor protein)-J20 mice with a line of GFAP-TK mice, we found that astrocytes were activated specifically at an early stage of AD before the occurrence of amyloid plaques, while microglia were not affected by this crossing. Activation of astrocytes at the age of 3-5 months did not affect the proteolytic processing of hAPP and amyloid plaque loads in the brains of hAPP-J20 mice. Our data suggest that early activation of astrocytes does not affect the deposition of amyloid β in an animal model of AD.


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Aldehyde Dehydrogenase , Metabolism , Alzheimer Disease , Genetics , Metabolism , Pathology , Amyloid beta-Peptides , Metabolism , Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor , Genetics , Metabolism , Animals , Astrocytes , Metabolism , Brain , Pathology , Calcium-Binding Proteins , Metabolism , Cell Proliferation , Disease Models, Animal , Gene Expression Regulation , Genetics , Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein , Glutamine , Metabolism , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , Humans , Ki-67 Antigen , Metabolism , Mice , Mice, Transgenic , Microfilament Proteins , Metabolism , Mutation , Genetics , Nerve Tissue Proteins , Metabolism
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Neuroscience Bulletin ; (6): 1037-1046, 2018.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-775486

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Autophagy is an evolutionarily-conserved self-degradative process that maintains cellular homeostasis by eliminating protein aggregates and damaged organelles. Recently, vesicle-associated membrane protein-associated protein B (VAPB), which is associated with the familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has been shown to regulate autophagy. In the present study, we demonstrated that knockdown of VAPB induced the up-regulation of beclin 1 expression, which promoted LC3 (microtubule-associated protein light chain 3) conversion and the formation of LC3 puncta, whereas overexpression of VAPB inhibited these processes. The regulation of beclin 1 by VAPB was at the transcriptional level. Moreover, knockdown of VAPB increased autophagic flux, which promoted the degradation of the autophagy substrate p62 and neurodegenerative disease proteins. Our study provides evidence that the regulation of autophagy by VAPB is associated with the autophagy-initiating factor beclin 1.


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Autophagy , Physiology , Beclin-1 , Genetics , Metabolism , Cell Line, Transformed , Gene Expression Regulation , Genetics , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , Humans , Microtubule-Associated Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , R-SNARE Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , RNA, Messenger , Metabolism , RNA, Small Interfering , Genetics , Metabolism , RNA-Binding Proteins , Genetics , Metabolism , Transfection
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Yonsei Medical Journal ; : 141-147, 2018.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-742492

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PURPOSE: microRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs composed of 20 to 22 nucleotides that regulate development and differentiation in various organs by silencing specific RNAs and regulating gene expression. In the present study, we show that the microRNA (miR)-183 cluster is upregulated during hair cell regeneration and that its inhibition reduces hair cell regeneration following neomycin-induced ototoxicity in zebrafish. MATERIALS AND METHODS: miRNA expression patterns after neomycin exposure were analyzed using microarray chips. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction was performed to validate miR-183 cluster expression patterns following neomycin exposure (500 µM for 2 h). After injection of an antisense morpholino (MO) to miR-183 (MO-183) immediately after fertilization, hair cell regeneration after neomycin exposure in neuromast cells was evaluated by fluorescent staining (YO-PRO1). The MO-183 effect also was assessed in transgenic zebrafish larvae expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) in inner ear hair cells. RESULTS: Microarray analysis clearly showed that the miR-183 cluster (miR-96, miR-182, and miR-183) was upregulated after neomycin treatment. We also confirmed upregulated expression of the miR-183 cluster during hair cell regeneration after neomycin-induced ototoxicity. miR-183 inhibition using MO-183 reduced hair cell regeneration in both wild-type and GFP transgenic zebrafish larvae. CONCLUSION: Our work demonstrates that the miR-183 cluster is essential for the regeneration of hair cells following ototoxic injury in zebrafish larvae. Therefore, regulation of the miR-183 cluster can be a novel target for stimulation of hair cell regeneration.


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Animals , Animals, Genetically Modified , Cell Count , Gene Expression Profiling , Gene Expression Regulation/drug effects , Gene Knockdown Techniques , Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism , Hair Cells, Auditory/drug effects , Hair Cells, Auditory/physiology , Larva/drug effects , Larva/genetics , MicroRNAs/genetics , MicroRNAs/metabolism , Morpholinos/pharmacology , Neomycin/toxicity , Regeneration/drug effects , Regeneration/genetics , Zebrafish/genetics
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