Programmable Molecular Scissors: Applications of a New Tool for Genome Editing in Biotech

Subbroto Kumar Saha, Forhad Karim Saikot, Md Shahedur Rahman, Mohammad Abu Hena Mostofa Jamal, S. M.Khaledur Rahman, S. M.Riazul Islam, Ki Hyun Kim

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Targeted genome editing is an advanced technique that enables precise modification of the nucleic acid sequences in a genome. Genome editing is typically performed using tools, such as molecular scissors, to cut a defined location in a specific gene. Genome editing has impacted various fields of biotechnology, such as agriculture; biopharmaceutical production; studies on the structure, regulation, and function of the genome; and the creation of transgenic organisms and cell lines. Although genome editing is used frequently, it has several limitations. Here, we provide an overview of well-studied genome-editing nucleases, including single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides (ssODNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), and CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases (CRISPR-Cas9). To this end, we describe the progress toward editable nuclease-based therapies and discuss the minimization of off-target mutagenesis. Future prospects of this challenging scientific field are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-238
Number of pages27
JournalMolecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids
Early online date17 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


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