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Genome Editing Of Hbg1 And Hbg2 To Induce Fetal Hemoglobin, Jean-Yves Metais, Kevin Luk, Scot A. Wolfe, Shengdar Q. Tsai, Mitchell J. Weiss Nov 2019

Genome Editing Of Hbg1 And Hbg2 To Induce Fetal Hemoglobin, Jean-Yves Metais, Kevin Luk, Scot A. Wolfe, Shengdar Q. Tsai, Mitchell J. Weiss

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Induction of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) via clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9-mediated disruption of DNA regulatory elements that repress gamma-globin gene (HBG1 and HBG2) expression is a promising therapeutic strategy for sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia, although the optimal technical approaches and limiting toxicities are not yet fully defined. We disrupted an HBG1/HBG2 gene promoter motif that is bound by the transcriptional repressor BCL11A. Electroporation of Cas9 single guide RNA ribonucleoprotein complex into normal and SCD donor CD34+ hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells resulted in high frequencies of on-target mutations and the induction of HbF to potentially ...


Viral Infection Or Ifn-Alpha Alters Mitotic Spindle Orientation By Modulating Pericentrin Levels, William M. Mcdougall, Jill Perreira, Hui-Fang Hung, Anastassiia Vertii, E. Xiaofei, Wendy Zimmerman, Timothy F. Kowalik, Stephen J. Doxsey, Abraham L. Brass Feb 2019

Viral Infection Or Ifn-Alpha Alters Mitotic Spindle Orientation By Modulating Pericentrin Levels, William M. Mcdougall, Jill Perreira, Hui-Fang Hung, Anastassiia Vertii, E. Xiaofei, Wendy Zimmerman, Timothy F. Kowalik, Stephen J. Doxsey, Abraham L. Brass

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Congenital microcephaly occurs in utero during Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. The single-gene disorder, Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (MOPDII), also leads to microcephaly and is concomitant with a decrease in the centrosomal protein, pericentrin (PCNT). This protein is a known contributor of mitotic spindle misorientation and ultimately, microcephaly. Similar to MOPDII, either viral infection or interferon (IFN)-alpha exposure reduced PCNT levels at the mitotic spindle poles. We unexpectedly found that infection of cells with any one of a diverse set of viruses, such as ZIKV, dengue virus, cytomegalovirus, influenza A virus, or hepatitis B virus, or treatment of ...


Trisomy Silencing By Xist Normalizes Down Syndrome Cell Pathogenesis Demonstrated For Hematopoietic Defects In Vitro, Jen-Chieh Chiang, Jun Jiang, Peter E. Newburger, Jeanne B. Lawrence Dec 2018

Trisomy Silencing By Xist Normalizes Down Syndrome Cell Pathogenesis Demonstrated For Hematopoietic Defects In Vitro, Jen-Chieh Chiang, Jun Jiang, Peter E. Newburger, Jeanne B. Lawrence

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We previously demonstrated that an integrated XIST transgene can broadly repress one chromosome 21 in Down syndrome (DS) pluripotent cells. Here we address whether trisomy-silencing can normalize cell function and development sufficiently to correct cell pathogenesis, tested in an in vitro model of human fetal hematopoiesis, for which DS cellular phenotypes are best known. XIST induction in four transgenic clones reproducibly corrected over-production of megakaryocytes and erythrocytes, key to DS myeloproliferative disorder and leukemia. A contrasting increase in neural stem and iPS cells shows cell-type specificity, supporting this approach successfully rebalances the hematopoietic developmental program. Given this, we next used ...


Opposing Roles Of Fancj And Hltf Protect Forks And Restrain Replication During Stress, Min Peng, Ke Cong, Nicholas J. Panzarino, Sumeet Nayak, Jennifer Calvo, Bin Deng, Lihua Julie Zhu, Monika Morocz, Lili Hegedus, Lajos Haracska, Sharon B. Cantor Sep 2018

Opposing Roles Of Fancj And Hltf Protect Forks And Restrain Replication During Stress, Min Peng, Ke Cong, Nicholas J. Panzarino, Sumeet Nayak, Jennifer Calvo, Bin Deng, Lihua Julie Zhu, Monika Morocz, Lili Hegedus, Lajos Haracska, Sharon B. Cantor

Open Access Articles

The DNA helicase FANCJ is mutated in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Fanconi anemia (FA). Nevertheless, how loss of FANCJ translates to disease pathogenesis remains unclear. We addressed this question by analyzing proteins associated with replication forks in cells with or without FANCJ. We demonstrate that FANCJ-knockout (FANCJ-KO) cells have alterations in the replisome that are consistent with enhanced replication stress, including an aberrant accumulation of the fork remodeling factor helicase-like transcription factor (HLTF). Correspondingly, HLTF contributes to fork degradation in FANCJ-KO cells. Unexpectedly, the unrestrained DNA synthesis that characterizes HLTF-deficient cells is FANCJ dependent and correlates with S1 ...


Syndromic Congenital Myelofibrosis Associated With A Loss-Of-Function Variant In Rbsn, Pilar L. Magoulas, Silvia Corvera, Luis M. Franco May 2018

Syndromic Congenital Myelofibrosis Associated With A Loss-Of-Function Variant In Rbsn, Pilar L. Magoulas, Silvia Corvera, Luis M. Franco

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The human proteins rabenosyn-5 and VPS45 form a complex that plays a key role in early endocytosis. Pathogenic variants in VPS45 cause severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) with impaired neutrophil function, reticulin fibrosis of the bone marrow, and extramedullary hematopoiesis (OMIM: 615285). Patients with a specific VPS45 variant (p.Glu238Lys) also have intellectual disability and bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia. To date, the only evidence of a potential role for RBSN in human disease is the report of a homozygous missense variant (p.Gly425Arg) in a patient with intellectual disability, seizures, microcephaly, osteopenia, mild reticulin fibrosis of the bone marrow, and transient ...


Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes Is Caused By Islet Loss And Inflammation, Nathaniel J. Hart, Jenny Aurielle B. Babon, Megan E. Denicola, Sally C. Kent, Alvin C. Powers Apr 2018

Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes Is Caused By Islet Loss And Inflammation, Nathaniel J. Hart, Jenny Aurielle B. Babon, Megan E. Denicola, Sally C. Kent, Alvin C. Powers

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Cystic fibrosis-related (CF-related) diabetes (CFRD) is an increasingly common and devastating comorbidity of CF, affecting approximately 35% of adults with CF. However, the underlying causes of CFRD are unclear. Here, we examined cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) islet expression and whether the CFTR participates in islet endocrine cell function using murine models of beta cell CFTR deletion and normal and CF human pancreas and islets. Specific deletion of CFTR from murine beta cells did not affect beta cell function. In human islets, CFTR mRNA was minimally expressed, and CFTR protein and electrical activity were not detected. Isolated CF/CFRD ...


Cerebral Organoids Derived From Sandhoff Disease-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Exhibit Impaired Neurodifferentiation, Maria L. Allende, Emily K. Cook, Bridget C. Larman, Adrienne Nugent, Jacqueline M. Brady, Diane Golebiowski, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Cynthia J. Tifft, Richard L. Proia Mar 2018

Cerebral Organoids Derived From Sandhoff Disease-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Exhibit Impaired Neurodifferentiation, Maria L. Allende, Emily K. Cook, Bridget C. Larman, Adrienne Nugent, Jacqueline M. Brady, Diane Golebiowski, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Cynthia J. Tifft, Richard L. Proia

Open Access Articles

Sandhoff disease, one of the GM2 gangliosidoses, is a lysosomal storage disorder characterized by the absence of beta-hexosaminidase A and B activity and the concomitant lysosomal accumulation of its substrate, GM2 ganglioside. It features catastrophic neurodegeneration and death in early childhood. How the lysosomal accumulation of ganglioside might affect the early development of the nervous system is not understood. Recently, cerebral organoids derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have illuminated early developmental events altered by disease processes. To develop an early neurodevelopmental model of Sandhoff disease, we first generated iPS cells from the fibroblasts of an infantile Sandhoff disease ...


A Cre-Inducible Dux4 Transgenic Mouse Model For Investigating Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Takako I. Jones, Peter L. Jones Feb 2018

A Cre-Inducible Dux4 Transgenic Mouse Model For Investigating Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Takako I. Jones, Peter L. Jones

Open Access Articles

The Double homeobox 4 (DUX4) gene is an important regulator of early human development and its aberrant expression is causal for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). The DUX4-full length (DUX4-fl) mRNA splice isoform encodes a transcriptional activator; however, DUX4 and its unique DNA binding preferences are specific to old-world primates. Regardless, the somatic cytotoxicity caused by DUX4 expression is conserved when expressed in cells and animals ranging from fly to mouse. Thus, viable animal models based on DUX4-fl expression have been difficult to generate due in large part to overt developmental toxicity of low DUX4-fl expression from leaky transgenes. We have ...


Dosage Compensation Of Trisomy 21 And Its Implications For Hematopoietic Pathogenesis In Down Syndrome, Jen-Chieh Chiang Nov 2017

Dosage Compensation Of Trisomy 21 And Its Implications For Hematopoietic Pathogenesis In Down Syndrome, Jen-Chieh Chiang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Down Syndrome (DS), the most common aneuploidy seen in live-borns, is caused by trisomy for chromosome 21. DS imposes high risks for multiple health issues involving various systems of the body. The genetic complexity of trisomy 21 and natural variation between all individuals has impeded understanding of the specific cell pathologies and pathways involved. In addition, chromosomal disorders have been considered outside the hopeful progress in gene therapies for single-gene disorders. Here we test the feasibility of correcting imbalanced expression of genes across an extra chromosome by expression of a single gene, XIST, the key player in X chromosome inactivation ...


A Role For Tau Protein In Maintaining Ribosomal Dna Stability And Cytidine Deaminase-Deficient Cell Survival, Elias Bou Samra, Geraldine Buhagiar-Labarchede, Christelle Machon, Jerome Guitton, Rosine Onclercq-Delic, Michael R. Green, Olivier Alibert, Claude Gazin, Xavier Veaute, Mounira Amor-Gueret Sep 2017

A Role For Tau Protein In Maintaining Ribosomal Dna Stability And Cytidine Deaminase-Deficient Cell Survival, Elias Bou Samra, Geraldine Buhagiar-Labarchede, Christelle Machon, Jerome Guitton, Rosine Onclercq-Delic, Michael R. Green, Olivier Alibert, Claude Gazin, Xavier Veaute, Mounira Amor-Gueret

Open Access Articles

Cells from Bloom's syndrome patients display genome instability due to a defective BLM and the downregulation of cytidine deaminase. Here, we use a genome-wide RNAi-synthetic lethal screen and transcriptomic profiling to identify genes enabling BLM-deficient and/or cytidine deaminase-deficient cells to tolerate constitutive DNA damage and replication stress. We found a synthetic lethal interaction between cytidine deaminase and microtubule-associated protein Tau deficiencies. Tau is overexpressed in cytidine deaminase-deficient cells, and its depletion worsens genome instability, compromising cell survival. Tau is recruited, along with upstream-binding factor, to ribosomal DNA loci. Tau downregulation decreases upstream binding factor recruitment, ribosomal RNA synthesis ...


Super-Resolution Microscopy Reveals That Disruption Of Ciliary Transition Zone Architecture Is A Cause Of Joubert Syndrome, Xiaoyu Shi, Galo Garcia Iii, Julie C. Van De Weghe, University Of California, San Francisco, Gregory J. Pazour, Dan Doherty, Bo Huang, Jeremy F. Reiter May 2017

Super-Resolution Microscopy Reveals That Disruption Of Ciliary Transition Zone Architecture Is A Cause Of Joubert Syndrome, Xiaoyu Shi, Galo Garcia Iii, Julie C. Van De Weghe, University Of California, San Francisco, Gregory J. Pazour, Dan Doherty, Bo Huang, Jeremy F. Reiter

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Diverse human ciliopathies, including nephronophthisis (NPHP), Meckel syndrome (MKS) and Joubert syndrome (JBTS), can be caused by mutations affecting components of the transition zone, a ciliary domain near its base. The transition zone controls the protein composition of the ciliary membrane, but how it does so is unclear. To better understand the transition zone and its connection to ciliopathies, we defined the arrangement of key proteins in the transition zone using two-color stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM). This mapping revealed that NPHP and MKS complex components form nested rings comprised of nine-fold doublets. The NPHP complex component RPGRIP1L forms a ...


Lymphoid Hematopoiesis And The Role Of B-Cells In Transgenic Mouse Model Of Sickle Cell Disease, Christina Cotte May 2017

Lymphoid Hematopoiesis And The Role Of B-Cells In Transgenic Mouse Model Of Sickle Cell Disease, Christina Cotte

University Scholar Projects

Sickle cell disease (SCD) has been shown to be associated with decreased baseline immunity and thus increased susceptibility to infection. I sought to discern possible causes of this by looking into the correlations between SCD and hematopoiesis, the immune system and the neuroendocrine system, and ultimately by conducting experiments surrounding the impaired immune system of SCD. These experiments focused on the potential causes and effects of the diminution of B-1a cells in the SCD spleen. Adoptive transfers, infections with Streptococcus pneumoniae, and histologic imaging were conducted to establish if the diminution of the B-1a cells in the SCD spleen is ...


Histone Deacetylase 3 Coordinates Heart Development Through Stage-Specific Roles In Cardiac Progenitor Cells, Sara L. Lewandowski Dec 2016

Histone Deacetylase 3 Coordinates Heart Development Through Stage-Specific Roles In Cardiac Progenitor Cells, Sara L. Lewandowski

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Disruptions in cardiac development cause congenital heart disease, the most prevalent and deadly congenital malformation. Genetic and environmental factors are thought to contribute to these defects, however molecular mechanisms remain largely undefined. Recent work highlighted potential roles of chromatin- modifying enzymes in congenital heart disease pathogenesis. Histone deacetylases, a class of chromatin-modifying enzymes, have developmental importance and recognized roles in the mature heart. This thesis aimed to characterize functions of Hdac3 in cardiac development. We found loss of Hdac3 in the primary heart field causes precocious progenitor cell differentiation, resulting in hypoplastic ventricular walls, ventricular septal defect, and mid- gestational ...


Morpholino-Mediated Knockdown Of Dux4 Toward Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Therapeutics, Jennifer C. J. Chen, Oliver D. King, Yuanfan Zhang, Nicholas P. Clayton, Carrie Spencer, Bruce M. Wentworth, Charles P. Emerson Jr., Kathryn R. Wagner Aug 2016

Morpholino-Mediated Knockdown Of Dux4 Toward Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Therapeutics, Jennifer C. J. Chen, Oliver D. King, Yuanfan Zhang, Nicholas P. Clayton, Carrie Spencer, Bruce M. Wentworth, Charles P. Emerson Jr., Kathryn R. Wagner

Cell and Developmental Biology Publications

Derepression of DUX4 in skeletal muscle has emerged as a likely cause of pathology in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Here we report on the use of antisense phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligonucleotides to suppress DUX4 expression and function in FSHD myotubes and xenografts. The most effective was phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligonucleotide FM10, which targets the polyadenylation signal of DUX4. FM10 had no significant cell toxicity, and RNA-seq analyses of FSHD and control myotubes revealed that FM10 down-regulated many transcriptional targets of DUX4, without overt off-target effects. Electroporation of FM10 into FSHD patient muscle xenografts in mice also down-regulated DUX4 and DUX4 targets. These ...


The Clinical, Biochemical And Genetic Features Associated With Rmnd1-Related Mitochondrial Disease., Yi Shiau Ng, Charlotte L Alston, Daria Diodato, Andrew A Morris, Nicole Ulrick, Stanislav Kmoch, +Several Additional Authors Jul 2016

The Clinical, Biochemical And Genetic Features Associated With Rmnd1-Related Mitochondrial Disease., Yi Shiau Ng, Charlotte L Alston, Daria Diodato, Andrew A Morris, Nicole Ulrick, Stanislav Kmoch, +Several Additional Authors

Neurology Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: Mutations in the RMND1 (Required for Meiotic Nuclear Division protein 1) gene have recently been linked to infantile onset mitochondrial disease characterised by multiple mitochondrial respiratory chain defects.

METHODS: We summarised the clinical, biochemical and molecular genetic investigation of an international cohort of affected individuals with RMND1 mutations. In addition, we reviewed all the previously published cases to determine the genotype-phenotype correlates and performed survival analysis to identify prognostic factors.

RESULTS: We identified 14 new cases from 11 pedigrees that harbour recessive RMND1 mutations, including 6 novel variants: c.533C>A, p.(Thr178Lys); c.565C>T, p.(Gln189*); c ...


Translating Dosage Compensation To Trisomy 21, Jun Jiang, Yuanchun Jing, Gregory J. Cost, Jen-Chieh Chiang, Heather J. Kolpa, Allison M. Cotton, Dawn M. Carone, Benjamin R. Carone, Meg Byron, Philip D. Gregory, Carolyn J. Brown, Fyodor D. Urnov, Lisa L. Hall, Jeanne B. Lawrence May 2016

Translating Dosage Compensation To Trisomy 21, Jun Jiang, Yuanchun Jing, Gregory J. Cost, Jen-Chieh Chiang, Heather J. Kolpa, Allison M. Cotton, Dawn M. Carone, Benjamin R. Carone, Meg Byron, Philip D. Gregory, Carolyn J. Brown, Fyodor D. Urnov, Lisa L. Hall, Jeanne B. Lawrence

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Down syndrome is the leading genetic cause of intellectual disabilities, occurring in 1 out of 700 live births. Given that Down syndrome is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 that involves over-expression of 400 genes across a whole chromosome, it precludes any possibility of a genetic therapy. Our lab has long studied the natural dosage compensation mechanism for X chromosome inactivation. To “dosage compensate” X-linked genes between females and males, the X-linked XIST gene produces a large non-coding RNA that silences one of the two X chromosomes in female cells. The initial motivation of this study was to ...


Calcium Dependent Regulatory Mechanism In Wolfram Syndrome: A Dissertation, Simin Lu Feb 2015

Calcium Dependent Regulatory Mechanism In Wolfram Syndrome: A Dissertation, Simin Lu

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Wolfram syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by diabetes and neurodegeneration. Two causative genes have been identified so far, WFS1 and WFS2, both encoding endoplasmic reticulum (ER) localized transmembrane proteins. Since WFS1 is involved in the ER stress pathway, Wolfram syndrome is considered an ER disease. Despite the underlying importance of ER dysfunction in Wolfram syndrome, the molecular mechanism linking ER to the death of β cells and neurons has not been elucidated.

The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an organelle that forms a network of enclosed sacs and tubes that connect the nuclear membrane and other organelles including Golgi and ...


A Calcium-Dependent Protease As A Potential Therapeutic Target For Wolfram Syndrome, Simin Lu, Clay F. Semenkovich, Peter A. Greer, Fumihiko Urano Dec 2014

A Calcium-Dependent Protease As A Potential Therapeutic Target For Wolfram Syndrome, Simin Lu, Clay F. Semenkovich, Peter A. Greer, Fumihiko Urano

GSBS Student Publications

Wolfram syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by diabetes and neurodegeneration and considered as an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) disease. Despite the underlying importance of ER dysfunction in Wolfram syndrome and the identification of two causative genes, Wolfram syndrome 1 (WFS1) and Wolfram syndrome 2 (WFS2), a molecular mechanism linking the ER to death of neurons and β cells has not been elucidated. Here we implicate calpain 2 in the mechanism of cell death in Wolfram syndrome. Calpain 2 is negatively regulated by WFS2, and elevated activation of calpain 2 by WFS2-knockdown correlates with cell death. Calpain activation is also induced ...


Immortalized Myogenic Cells From Congenital Muscular Dystrophy Type1a Patients Recapitulate Aberrant Caspase Activation In Pathogenesis: A New Tool For Mdc1a Research, Soonsang Yoon, Guido Stadler, Mary Lou Beermann, Eric V. Schmidt, James A. Windelborn, Peter Schneiderat, Woodring E. Wright, Jeffrey Boone Miller Dec 2013

Immortalized Myogenic Cells From Congenital Muscular Dystrophy Type1a Patients Recapitulate Aberrant Caspase Activation In Pathogenesis: A New Tool For Mdc1a Research, Soonsang Yoon, Guido Stadler, Mary Lou Beermann, Eric V. Schmidt, James A. Windelborn, Peter Schneiderat, Woodring E. Wright, Jeffrey Boone Miller

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: Congenital muscular dystrophy Type 1A (MDC1A) is a severe, recessive disease of childhood onset that is caused by mutations in the LAMA2 gene encoding laminin-alpha2. Studies with both mouse models and primary cultures of human MDC1A myogenic cells suggest that aberrant activation of cell death is a significant contributor to pathogenesis in laminin-alpha2-deficiency.

METHODS: To overcome the limited population doublings of primary cultures, we generated immortalized, clonal lines of human MDC1A myogenic cells via overexpression of both CDK4 and the telomerase catalytic component (human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)).

RESULTS: The immortalized MDC1A myogenic cells proliferated indefinitely when cultured at ...


Analysis Of The Effects And Current Treatments Of Laminin Deficiency, Joshua Mark Reynolds Apr 2012

Analysis Of The Effects And Current Treatments Of Laminin Deficiency, Joshua Mark Reynolds

Senior Honors Theses

Laminin (LM) is a network of proteins that functions as a connective framework of most cells in the body. It is composed of multiple different subunits and therefore has many different variations. It is a trimeric protein, meaning that it is composed primarily of ⍺, β, and γ chains. The differentiation of these subunits is what gives the different variants their functions. In addition, although LM is the primary molecule in scope, the network of other connective proteins involved in LM-associated diseases will also be covered in lesser detail because molecules like dystrophin, dystroglycan, collagen, and integrin are vital to the ...


Characterization Of Migrating Cells From Ventricular Zone (Vz) To Distant Limbic Structures After Multiple Neonatal Seizures, Melissa Corcia Jan 2005

Characterization Of Migrating Cells From Ventricular Zone (Vz) To Distant Limbic Structures After Multiple Neonatal Seizures, Melissa Corcia

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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