A TALEN Genome-Editing System for Generating Human Stem Cell-based Disease Models

Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Cell stem cell (Impact Factor: 22.27). 12/2012; 12(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2012.11.011
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Transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) are a new class of engineered nucleases that are easier to design to cleave at desired sites in a genome than previous types of nucleases. We report here the use of TALENs to rapidly and efficiently generate mutant alleles of 15 genes in cultured somatic cells or human pluripotent stem cells, the latter for which we differentiated both the targeted lines and isogenic control lines into various metabolic cell types. We demonstrate cell-autonomous phenotypes directly linked to disease-dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, lipodystrophy, motor-neuron death, and hepatitis C infection. We found little evidence of TALEN off-target effects, but each clonal line nevertheless harbors a significant number of unique mutations. Given the speed and ease with which we were able to derive and characterize these cell lines, we anticipate TALEN-mediated genome editing of human cells becoming a mainstay for the investigation of human biology and disease.

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    • "A surrogate reporter system (Kim et al., 2011; Ramakrishna et al., 2014) can be used to enrich for cells containing indels induced by ZFNs or gRNAs through sorting based on fluorescence intensity. Other methods, including enrichment of TALEN-induced mutated cells by co-expressing TALENs and fluorescent proteins and subsequent sorting of TALEN expressing cells based on fluorescence intensity was reported (Ding et al., 2013). However, there are no reports regarding methods for enrichment of cells with chromosome deletions induced by CRISPR/Cas9. "
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    • "In particular, the transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) (Hockemeyer et al., 2011) and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) and CRISPR associated 9 (Cas9) endonuclease systems (Cong et al., 2013; Mali et al., 2013) provide greater flexibility than meganucleases or zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) with regard to selecting the target regions of interest (Li et al., 2014). Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of TALENs (Hockemeyer et al., 2011; Ding et al., 2013a) and CRISPR (Ding et al., 2013b; Mali et al., 2013) in human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for reporter knockin, gene knockout, and gene correction. In fact, corrections of disease mutation by nucleases in iPSCs have been reported for several diseases, including a1-antitrypsin deficiency (Choi et al., 2013), epidermolysis bullosa (Osborn et al., 2013), b-thalassemia (Ma et al., 2013), AIDS (Ye et al., 2014), and Niemann-Pick Type C (Maetzel et al., 2014). "
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