Correction of a Factor VIII genomic inversion with designer recombinases
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Despite advances in nuclease-based genome editing technologies, correcting human disease-causing genomic inversions remains a challenge. Here, we describe the potential use of a recombinase-based system to correct the 140 kb inversion of the F8 gene frequently found in patients diagnosed with severe Hemophilia A. Employing substrate-linked directed molecular evolution, we developed a coupled heterodimeric recombinase system (RecF8) achieving 30% inversion of the target sequence in human tissue culture cells. Transient RecF8 treatment of endothelial cells, differentiated from patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) of a hemophilic donor, resulted in 12% correction of the inversion and restored Factor VIII mRNA expression. Our data suggests that designer-recombinases may represent efficient and specific means towards treatment of monogenic diseases caused by large gene inversions.
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PromethION-based whole genome sequencing of endothelial cells differentiated from patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) of a hemophilic donor, transiently treated with a Cre recombinase, a RecF8 recombinase, and untreated cells. The dataset contains fastq files with all sequencing reads passing the standard quality filtering.
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