Klinische Monatsblatter fur Augenheilkunde

[Genome Editing Tools and their Application in Experimental Ophthalmology].

PMID 28114701


New genome editing tools in molecular biology are revolutionising precise genome surgery and have greatly influenced experimental ophthalmology too. Aside from the commonly used nuclease-based platforms, such as the zinc-finger nucleases (ZFN) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN), CRISPR/Cas systems, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated (Cas) genes, perform very efficiently in site-specific DNA cleavage within living cells. DNA double strand breaks (DSB) are repaired through two different conserved repair pathways: NHEJ (non-homologous end joining) and HDR (homology directed repair). By using the correct DNA templates, these repair pathways can be used to knock out defective genes or to repair mutations. Genome editing technology lays the ground for new strategies in basic science, biotechnology, and biomedical science, as well as clinical studies with genome editing. Therapeutic gene editing strategies are now concentrating on diseases in the retina, due to the comparatively easy accessibility of the eye and with local application in vivo.