Picking the Best CRISPR-Cas9 Targets for Functional Gene Knockout: A Machine Learning Algorithm Based on Both Specificity and Functionality
Poster Sep 24, 2015
Shawn McClelland, Emily M. Anderson, Žaklina Strezoska, Elena Maksimova, Annaleen Vermeulen, Steve Lenger, Tyler Reed, and Anja van Brabant Smith Dharmacon, now part of GE Healthcare, 2650 Crescent Drive, Suite #100, Lafayette, CO 80026, US
Functional gene knockout is an important tool for understanding a gene's role in a system or for specifically manipulating a known system to achieve a desired outcome. Not all gene cleavage events result in functional knockout of the target protein. Here we share important advancements that have helped to achieve the goal of picking the best crRNA targets for functional gene knockout, and not just formation of indels (insertions or the deletions of bases in the DNA).
Psychiatric Risk Gene Cacna1c and Early Life Stress: Potential Gene-Environment interactions?Poster
Early life stress (ELS) is highly associated with development of psychopathology
and mood disorders in adulthood. Genetic studies have identified variation in the gene calcium voltage-gated channel subunit alpha1C (CACNA1C) to increase risk for several psychiatric disorders. This poster assessed the expression of Cacna1c following prepubertal stress.
Novel Role of the Innate Immune DNA Sensor IFI16 (Interferon Gamma Inducible Protein 16) as a Major Epigenetic Modulator During KSHV Infection and Lytic ReactivationPoster
Studies have shown that IFI16 acts as an antiviral restriction factor against a number of DNA viruses, by inhibiting viral replication or transcription through epigenetic modifications. However, till date, no specific epigenetic function of IFI16 has been identified. Here, we have discovered that IFI16 recruits two histone methyltransferases on the KSHV episome leading to altered Histone H3K9 methylation, thus regulating its lifecycle.READ MORE
A new method for generating arrayed RNAi screening tools for any organismPoster
RNA interference (RNAi) using small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is an important technology for down-regulation of gene expression and a powerful tool to study cellular processes and pathways. Previously, large collections of siRNAs were available only for traditional experimental model systems, such as human and mouse, and predominantly provided as chemically synthesized libraries.READ MORE