Jiing-Kuan Yee

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AIDS patients who develop lymphoma are often treated with transplanted hematopoietic progenitor cells. As a first step in developing a hematopoietic cell-based gene therapy treatment, four patients undergoing treatment with these transplanted cells were also given gene-modified peripheral blood-derived (CD34(+)) hematopoietic progenitor cells expressing(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) contributes to the development of several human cancers including the endemic form of Burkitt's lymphoma (BL). In culture, EBV induces the continuous proliferation of primary B cells as lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) and if EBV-negative BL-derived cells are infected with EBV, latency-associated viral factors confer resistance to(More)
Combinatorial therapies for the treatment of HIV-1 infection have proven to be effective in reducing patient viral loads and slowing the progression to AIDS. We have developed a series of RNA-based inhibitors for use in a gene therapy-based treatment for HIV-1 infection. The transcriptional units have been inserted into the backbone of a(More)
The utility of CRISPR-Cas9 and TALENs for genome editing may be compromised by their off-target activity. We show that integrase-defective lentiviral vectors (IDLVs) can detect such off-target cleavage with a frequency as low as 1%. In the case of Cas9, we find frequent off-target sites with a one-base bulge or up to 13 mismatches between the single guide(More)
The Ras Association Domain Family 1A (RASSF1A) gene is one of the most frequently silenced genes in human cancer. RASSF1A has been shown to interact with the proapoptotic kinase MST1. Recent work in Drosophila has led to the discovery of a new tumor-suppressor pathway involving the Drosophila MST1 and MST2 ortholog, Hippo, as well as the Lats/Warts(More)
Nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-kappaB)-regulated inflammatory genes, such as TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor-alpha), play key roles in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases, including diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. However, the nuclear chromatin mechanisms are unclear. We report here that the chromatin histone H3-lysine 4 methyltransferase, SET7/9,(More)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is one of the most common autosomal recessive disorders in humans and is a common genetic cause of infant mortality. The disease is caused by loss of the survival of motoneuron (SMN) protein, resulting in the degeneration of alpha motoneurons in spinal cord and muscular atrophy in the limbs and trunk. One function of SMN(More)
Vectors derived from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) hold promise for efficient gene delivery into human hematopoietic cells. In this study, HIV vectors containing different combinations of cis-acting elements, including the HIV central flap sequence, and the woodchuck posttranscriptional regulatory element (WPRE) in combination with two different(More)
A primary advantage of lentiviral vectors is their ability to pass through the nuclear envelope into the cell nucleus thereby allowing transduction of nondividing cells. Using HIV-based lentiviral vectors, we delivered an anti-CCR5 ribozyme (CCR5RZ), a nucleolar localizing TAR RNA decoy, or Pol III-expressed siRNA genes into cultured and primary cells. The(More)
Recent advances in gene editing with engineered nucleases have transformed our ability to manipulate the genome from diverse organisms for applications ranging from biomedical research to disease treatment. A major complication with these engineered nucleases is the binding of the nuclease to unintended genomic sites that share sequence homology with the(More)