Interesting study describing the transcriptional response of HSCs to CRISPR from the Porteus lab

Mol Ther. 2018 Jul 10. pii: S1525-0016(18)30261-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ymthe.2018.06.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Global Transcriptional Response to CRISPR/Cas9-AAV6-Based Genome Editing in CD34+Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells.

Abstract

Genome-editing technologies are currently being translated to the clinic. However, cellular effects of the editing machinery have yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we performed global microarray-based gene expression measurements on human CD34+ hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells that underwent editing. We probed effects of the entire editing process as well as each component individually, including electroporation, Cas9 (mRNA or protein) with chemically modified sgRNA, and AAV6 transduction. We identified differentially expressed genes relative to control treatments, which displayed enrichment for particular biological processes. All editing machinery components elicited immune, stress, and apoptotic responses. Cas9 mRNA invoked the greatest amount of transcriptional change, eliciting a distinct viral response and global transcriptional downregulation, particularly of metabolic and cell cycle processes. Electroporation also induced significant transcriptional change, with notable downregulation of metabolic processes. Surprisingly, AAV6 evoked no detectable viral response. We also found Cas9/sgRNA ribonucleoprotein treatment to be well tolerated, in spite of eliciting a DNA damage signature. Overall, this data establishes a benchmark for cellular tolerance of CRISPR/Cas9-AAV6-based genome editing, ensuring that the clinical protocol is as safe and efficient as possible.

KEYWORDS:

RNA expression analysis; genome editing; hematopoietic stem cells

PMID: 30005866

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