Fung Yee Chan

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The specification of the erythroid lineage from hematopoietic stem cells requires the expression and activity of lineage-specific transcription factors. One transcription factor family that has several members involved in hematopoiesis is the Krüppel-like factor (KLF) family [1]. For example, erythroid KLF (EKLF) regulates beta-globin expression during(More)
Dominant mutations in the rhodopsin gene, which is expressed in rod photoreceptor cells, are a major cause of the hereditary-blinding disease, autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa. Therapeutic strategies designed to edit such mutations will likely depend on the introduction of double-strand breaks and their subsequent repair by homologous recombination(More)
Retinal neurodegeneration occurs in several inherited diseases. Some of the most severe disease alleles involve mutations at the C-terminus of rhodopsin, but in no case is the pathogenic mechanism leading to cell death well understood. We have examined a mouse model of recessive retinal degeneration caused by a knock-in of a human rhodopsin-EGFP fusion gene(More)
We have developed an imaging approach to monitor changes in gene structure in photoreceptors. We review here, the strategy and recent progress. Knock-in mice bearing a human rhodopsin-EGFP fusion gene potentially allow detection of a single molecular event: correction of a single copy of a gene within an entire retina. These mice can also be used for(More)
PURPOSE To engineer a knockin mouse model that can be used to monitor the effects of treatments on degradation and mislocalization of proline-to-histidine change at codon 23 (P23H) rhodopsin, a common cause of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (ADRP). The goal was to introduce a gene that expressed rhodopsin at low levels to avoid rapid retinal(More)
Two outstanding unknowns in the biology of photoreceptors are the molecular determinants of cell size, which is remarkably uniform among mammalian species, and the mechanisms of rod cell death associated with inherited neurodegenerative blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. We have addressed both questions by performing an in vivo titration with(More)
For sensitive detection of rare gene repair events in terminally differentiated photoreceptors, we generated a knockin mouse model by replacing one mouse rhodopsin allele with a form of the human rhodopsin gene that causes a severe, early-onset form of retinitis pigmentosa. The human gene contains a premature stop codon at position 344 (Q344X), cDNA(More)
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