Hemophilia A, one of the most common genetic bleeding disorders, is caused by various mutations in the blood coagulation factor VIII (F8) gene. Among the genotypes that result in hemophilia A, two different types of chromosomal inversions that involve a portion of the F8 gene are most frequent, accounting for almost half of all severe hemophilia A cases. In this study, we used a transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) pair to invert a 140-kbp chromosomal segment that spans the portion of the F8 gene in human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to create a hemophilia A model cell line. In addition, we reverted the inverted segment back to its normal orientation in the hemophilia model iPSCs using the same TALEN pair. Importantly, we detected the F8 mRNA in cells derived from the reverted iPSCs lines, but not in those derived from the clones with the inverted segment. Thus, we showed that TALENs can be used both for creating disease models associated with chromosomal rearrangements in iPSCs and for correcting genetic defects caused by chromosomal inversions. This strategy provides an iPSC-based novel therapeutic option for the treatment of hemophilia A and other genetic diseases caused by chromosomal inversions.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Jun 24|
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