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The site-specific integrase from bacteriophage phiC31 functions in mammalian cells and is being applied for genetic engineering, including gene therapy. The phiC31 integrase catalyzes precise, unidirectional recombination between its 30-40-bp attP and attB recognition sites. In mammalian cells, the enzyme also mediates integration of plasmids bearing attB(More)
This study evaluated the ability of five serine phage integrases, from phages A118, U153, Bxb1, phiFC1, and phiRV1, to mediate recombination in mammalian cells. Two types of recombination were investigated, including the ability of an integrase to mediate recombination between its own phage att sites in the context of a mammalian cell and the ability of an(More)
Current gene-transfer technologies display limitations in achieving effective gene delivery. Among these limitations are difficulties in stably integrating large corrective sequences into the genomes of long-lived progenitor-cell populations. Current larger-capacity viral vectors suffer from biosafety concerns, whereas plasmid-based approaches have poor(More)
phiC31 integrase is a sequence-specific phage recombinase that can recombine two short DNA sequences called attB and attP. The enzyme can also promote genomic integration of plasmids carrying attB into native mammalian sequences having partial identity to attP. To increase the efficiency of integration, we mutated the phiC31 integrase gene and screened the(More)
Patients afflicted with severe laminin 5-deficient junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) often die in infancy with massive cutaneous blistering. Prior approaches to genetically correct this disorder have relied on stable integration of wild-type LAMB3 sequences, using retroviral vectors. To develop a nonviral approach to JEB gene therapy, we used the(More)
The ChIP protocol is a fundamental tool for discoveries in the area of epigenomics and gaining insight into epigenetic phenomenon. Despite the fact that many vendors of life science research tools offer products to support ChIP, very little innovation has occurred around the ChIP method itself to make this process more reproducible and reliable. Issues(More)
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