CRISPR遺伝子編集の利用範囲を広げる発見(Discovery broadens scope of use of CRISPR gene editing)


球状核酸とCRISPR遺伝子編集という2つの強力な治療技術の組み合わせは、医療治療の展望を変えるかもしれない Combining two powerful therapeutic technologies – Spherical nucleic acids and CRISPR gene editing – may change the landscape of medical therapeutics

2022-10-06 ノースウェスタン大学



CRISPR球状核酸 CRISPR Spherical Nucleic Acids

Chi Huang, Zhenyu Han, Michael Evangelopoulos, and Chad A. Mirkin
Journal of the American Chemical Society  Published:October 6, 2022


The use of CRISPR/Cas9 systems in genome editing has been limited by the inability to efficiently deliver the key editing components to and across tissues and cell membranes, respectively. Spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) are nanostructures that provide privileged access to both but have yet to be explored as a means of facilitating gene editing. Herein, a new class of CRISPR SNAs are designed and evaluated in the context of genome editing. Specifically, Cas9 ProSNAs comprised of Cas9 cores densely modified with DNA on their exteriors and preloaded with single-guide RNA were synthesized and evaluated for their genome editing capabilities in the context of multiple cell lines. The radial orientation of the DNA on the Cas9 protein surface enhances cellular uptake, without the need for electroporation or transfection agents. In addition, the Cas9 proteins defining the cores of the ProSNAs were fused with GALA peptides on their N-termini and nuclear localization signals on their C-termini to facilitate endosomal escape and maximize nuclear localization and editing efficiency, respectively. These constructs were stable against protease digestion under conditions that fully degrade the Cas9 protein, when not transformed into an SNA, and used to achieve genome editing efficiency between 32 and 47%. Taken together, these novel constructs and advances point toward a way of significantly broadening the scope of use and impact of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing systems.