We also tested CRISPR-Cas9 activity in Strongyloides ratti, a parasite of rats, using the same method outlined for S. stercoralis. Formal analysis, S. ratti has the advantage of requiring fewer iL3s to infect a host; only ~10-20 S. ratti iL3s are needed to infect a rat, while >1,000 S. stercoralis iL3s are needed to reliably infect a gerbil. Currently available treatments have not been sufficient to eliminate infections in endemic areas, and drug resistance is an increasing concern, … Current drugs used to treat nematode infections are inadequate to eliminate this disease burden: reinfection rates are high in endemic areas and resistance to the few available anthelmintic drugs is a growing concern [2]. When this ulcer comes into contact with water the free-swimming larvae are released. unc F1 iL3s where the band was absent are putative homozygous deletions of Ss-unc-22 (Fig 4B). A chi-square test with Bonferroni correction or Fisher’s exact test was used to compare nicotine-induced twitching frequencies across genotypes or conditions (Figs 3 and 6B, S1, S2, S6 and S9 Figs). Top, iL3 expressing mRFPmars (sparse expression indicated by the arrow) from an extrachromosomal array. Results for combined nicotine assay data presented in S6 Fig. After 8 min, phenotypes were scored and quantified as described for C. elegans. Yes Feces infested with S. ratti were collected during the patency period of infection, between days 7–23 post-inoculation. e1006675. Roles Omission of a repair template resulted in deletions at the target locus. Roundworms are not ringworm, which is a fungal infection. crRNA sequences are provided in S11 Table. Writing – original draft, The young worm then burrows through the intestinal wall into the veins, and is carried to the heart and lungs. = control reaction amplifying 416 bp of the first exon of the Ss-act-2 gene to confirm the presence of genomic DNA; u22 = reaction amplifying 660 bp around site #3. Nematodes (roundworms) ... with elongate cylindrical bodies. Asterisks indicate iL3s that were sequenced for 5’ integration at the Ss-tax-4 locus. In C. elegans, DSBs in somatic tissues are repaired by NHEJ, but recent work has demonstrated that germline CRISPR-induced DSBs are repaired by polymerase theta (POLQ)-mediated end joining [43]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006675.s007. ***P<0.001, chi-square test with Bonferroni correction. can cause great pain and even death. Injected free-living adult females were reared on host feces based on the observation that it results in higher reproductive output relative to other standard culturing methods [53]. Writing – review & editing, Affiliation = not available; the number of iL3s recovered was not recorded for these experiments. F1 iL3s were collected and a subset of them were screened in 1% nicotine assays to estimate the nicotine-twitching frequency; ~52% of iL3s contained putative Ss-unc-22 mutations based solely on phenotypic observation in nicotine. Similar chromosomal rearrangements may have precluded our ability to precisely map CRISPR-mediated mutation events at Ss-unc-22 targets. Ascaris, Trichuris, and hookworms are commonly grouped tog… Second, we targeted Ss-unc-22 using a ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex consisting of in vitro-assembled recombinant Cas9 protein, crRNA targeting Ss-unc-22, and tracrRNA (Fig 1D) [20]. F1 iL3s were collected and exposed to 1% nicotine. The female pinworm, which is up to 12 mm long, creeps out of the human anus and lays her eggs around the margin of the anus at night. For B, the gray shaded region represents significant depletion around Ss-unc-22 site #3, which is only ~2.3 kb upstream of Ss-unc-22 site #2. HA = homology arm. In the Old Testament it is referred to as the "fiery serpent". # M7801) using the following thermocycler conditions: denature 95°C (2 min); PCR 95°C (30 s), 55°C (30 s), 72°C (1 min) x 35 cycles; final extension 72°C (5 min); 10°C (hold). of energy. Importantly, our results demonstrate that the CRISPR-Cas9 system is functional in parasitic nematodes and represents the first realistic opportunity for systematic gene knockout studies. We introduced Strongyloides-specific CRISPR-Cas9 components targeting Ss-unc-22 into the syncytial gonad of S. stercoralis free-living adult females (Fig 1A) [11,18]. 2012 [45]. Eggs are passed out of the human when a gravid female migrates to the skin and causes an ulcer. However, we note that long-term propagation of the Ss-unc-22 mutations was not practical given the low efficiency of F2 and F3 mutant recovery (Fig 6), presumably because the severe motility defects of Ss-unc-22 iL3s reduced their ability to establish an infection in the host. S. ratti CRISPR target sites were selected using the same restrictions outlined for S. stercoralis. Parasitic Nematodes Introduction. For each Strongyloides CRISPR-Cas9 target site and delivery method tested in this study, we microinjected P0 adults and screened F1 iL3s in a minimum of two separate experiments per condition. We delivered CRISPR-Cas9 plasmid vectors or RNP complexes into free-living adult females, mated microinjected females with wild-type free-living males, and screened for unc phenotypes in F1 progeny at the infective third-larval stage (iL3) (Fig 1A and 1E). The transmission of this disease occurs when infective larvae are ingested from fish or squid that humans eat raw or undercooked. The repair construct pEY09 was generated by subcloning approximately 640 bp 5’ and 3’ homology arms flanking Ss-unc-22 site #2 into the Strongyloides mRFPmars expression vector pAJ50 (a gift from Dr. James Lok) [31]. To test the hypothesis that CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutagenesis results in deletions at the target region, we performed a large-scale microinjection of free-living adults with the RNP complex targeting Ss-unc-22 site #3. n = 446–1,314 iL3s per condition. Paired-end reads were mapped to the S. stercoralis reference genome using HISAT2 with the “—no-spliced-alignment” option [24,55]. Plant parasitic nematodes typically live in soil and feed on cells in plant roots. (C) Swimming distance for wild-type iL3s vs. unc F2 or F3 iL3s over a 10-s period. F2 or F3 wild-type (paralyzed) or unc (twitching) iL3s were recovered from 1% nicotine treatment overnight on chemotaxis plates and tested for crawling behavior the next day. # A0701) and washed 5 times in sterile 1x PBS. (A) A nicotine assay for S. stercoralis iL3s. = control reaction amplifying 416 bp of the first exon of the Ss-act-2 gene to confirm the presence of genomic DNA; u22 = reaction amplifying 660 bp around site #3; a = 10 kb upstream of site #3, b = 10 kb downstream of site #3. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006675.s020. Dr. Christopher Khorsandi answered. Following injection of the repair template, Cas9, and the sgRNA for Ss-tax-4 site #1, we collected F1 iL3s and screened for mRFPmars expression, again predicting that some of these iL3s would show integration events. n = 619–830 iL3s for each condition. Investigation, Roundworms, also known as nematodes, are a common term for parasites that comprise the phylum Nematoda that contain mainly free-living species and are located everywhere on earth. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006675.g006. Potential CRISPR target sites were identified with Geneious 9 software using the Find CRISPR Sites plugin [48]. While gene knockdowns by RNAi have been achieved in a few species, RNAi shows variable efficacy and has been used successfully for only a few genes [3]. We attempted to identify indels through Sanger sequencing of the target region, heteroduplexed DNA detection by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) [26], T7E1 endonuclease activity [27], and TIDE (Tracking of Indels by sequence DEcomposition) [28]. 2014, where scores range from 0 to 1, with higher scores representing higher predicted activity (Fig 1B) [50]. n = 677–788 iL3s for each condition. 2008 [31]. The observation that read coverage is depleted specifically around site #3 in the Ss-unc-22 libraries, but not in the wild type, is consistent with the hypothesis that CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutagenesis results in large deletions rather than small indels at the target locus. Similarly, we saw no evidence for ssODN integration when using the same target site and delivery method that was used for Ss-act-2::mRFPmars integration. Genomic loci 10 kb upstream and downstream of site #3 are intact in unc F1 iL3s with putative homozygous deletions of Ss-unc-22. Our results suggest that S. stercoralis can correct CRISPR-Cas9-induced DSBs by HDR when a plasmid repair template is provided, but not an ssODN (Fig 5, S8 and S10 Figs). S. ratti iL3s were collected from fecal-charcoal cultures using a Baermann apparatus and washed 5 times in sterile 1x PBS. Some other nematodes are plant parasites which can cause economic damage to cultivated plants. The primer set used to amplify the region around Ss-unc-22 site #3 for ssODN EagI digest can be found in S13 Table. Dr. Christopher Khorsandi answered. Strongyloides stercoralis were the UPD strain and Strongyloides ratti were the ED321 strain [22]. The estimated number of F1 iL3s collected from each injection experiment was based on the average number of iL3s per injected adult calculated in S14 Table. (C) Whole-genome sequencing coverage plots for populations of Ss-unc-22-targeted F1 iL3s or wild-type iL3s. To collect free-living S. ratti adults, fecal-charcoal cultures were stored at 20°C for 48 h and adults were isolated using a Baermann apparatus. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Nematodes are simple roundworms. Phone +1.651.454.7250. The solution was centrifuged for 2 min at 13,000 rpm in a bench-top centrifuge and incubated at 37°C for 15 min to assemble RNP complexes. (Plant Parasitic Nematodes) Nematodes (also called ‘roundworms’) are relatively small, multicellular, worm-like animals. The most common ways, however, are through ingestion, through skin contact, and through mosquito bites. 1,3,44 Male worms measure 3–7 mm … Data Availability: All relevant data are within the paper and its Supporting Information files. These nematodes are also used extensively in the biological control of insects and are particularly effective against those insects that pass through at least one life stage in the soil. Large numbers can cause blockages in the intestine, perforations, anaemia and lack We successfully isolated nicotine-twitching unc F2 or F3 iL3s from the mixed infection over multiple fecal collection days but never observed twitching iL3s from the wild-type control (S7 Video). Nicotine-twitching iL3s were selected, washed in ddH2O, and recovered from nicotine treatment overnight. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006675, Editor: Paul J. Brindley, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UNITED STATES, Received: May 23, 2017; Accepted: October 2, 2017; Published: October 10, 2017. It is said that as much as one sixth of the world's human population is infected by Ascaris sp. (D) The ssODN failed to incorporate at site #3 by EagI digest. n = 50–51 nematodes for each genotype and life stage. First, whole-genome sequencing was performed on a mixed population of iL3s that included both wild-type and unc individuals. To quantify maximum dispersal distance, the location of individual iL3s during the recording session was manually tracked using the ImageJ Manual Tracking plugin; maximum distance from initial iL3 location was calculated in Microsoft Excel. A chemotaxis plate was subdivided into four sections and ~10 μL of dH2O containing nematodes was pipetted into each quadrant (~5–10 free-living adults or 20–50 iL3s per quadrant, 20–40 free-living adults or 80–200 iL3s per chemotaxis plate). Future CRISPR-Cas9 strategies simultaneously targeting both S. stercoralis free-living males and females may further improve the incidence of F1 homozygous knockouts. Genomic DNA from individual iL3s was split into two reactions: wt = reaction for the wild-type locus of site #1; 5’ = reaction for insertion of the 5’ border of the integrated cassette. Tubes were placed at -80°C for at least 20 min, then transferred to a thermocycler for digestion: 65°C (2 h), 95°C (15 min), 10°C (hold). Medians and interquartile ranges shown. We asked if F1 iL3s collected following CRISPR-Cas9 injections showed a similar nicotine-induced twitching phenotype. Common parasitic nematodes found in humans Pinworm , Enterobius vermicularis The female pinworm, which is up to 12 mm long, creeps out of the human anus … n.a. An ~5% twitching frequency in F2 free-living adults and an ~2.5% twitching frequency in their F3 iL3 progeny is consistent with the unc phenotype being dominant, and with unc F3 iL3s resulting from mating events between an unc individual and a wild-type individual. All other control and Ss-unc-22 site #3 reactions were compared to the appropriate reference to determine relative quantity of PCR products. Some other nematodes are plant parasites which can cause economic damage to cultivated plants. Nematodes in soil: Nematodes are ubiquitous, found in almost all habitats. From the unc-enriched infection, we screened for the twitching phenotype in both F2 free-living adults and F2 or F3 iL3s. Parasitic nematodes infect over 1 billion people worldwide and cause some of the most common neglected tropical diseases. However, future work targeting a number of different genes in S. stercoralis and S. ratti will be necessary to determine whether CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutagenesis is more efficient in S. stercoralis at all target sites, or only in certain cases. A Mann-Whitney test or unpaired t-test with Welch’s correction was used to compare swimming and crawling behaviors in wild-type iL3s vs. unc iL3s (Figs 2, 6C and 6D). In particular, it has not yet be … The twitching frequency of F2 adults collected from the unc-enriched infection differed from that of wild-type adults. To determine if the absence of ssODN integration was due to the target site selected, or delivery method, we also designed an ssODN for Ss-unc-22 site #2 and injected it with plasmid vectors. Depends where u live: Parasitic worms are uncommon in developed parts of the world due to sanitary standards in food preparation and pervasive hygeine standards. Nematodes are abundantly present in marine, freshwater, and in soil. A summary of all plasmid vectors used in this study can be found in S8 Table. Thus, CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutations are germline-transmissible, and mutant parasites can be propagated by host passage. The remaining F1 population was injected into gerbil hosts. Despite their prevalence, our understanding of the biology of parasitic nematodes has been limited by the lack of tools for genetic intervention. No depletion is observed in the wild-type library (P>0.05; see Methods). (A-B) Whole-genome sequencing coverage plots for Ss-unc-22 site #1 (A) or site #2 (B) from populations of either Ss-unc-22-targeted F1 iL3s from P0 females injected with RNP complexes for site #3, or wild-type iL3s. Two important considerations are relevant to point (b). To further confirm the lack of small indels, we analyzed indel frequency in the deep-sequencing samples using the CRISPRessoWGS and CRISPRessoCompare computational suite [29]. Twitching frequency differs for C. elegans wild-type and unc-22 adults and dauers. Injection mixes containing plasmid vectors and concentrations used in this study can be found in S10 Table. To collect iL3s, fecal-charcoal cultures were stored at 23°C for at least 5 days and iL3s were isolated using a Baermann apparatus. No, Is the Subject Area "Plasmid vectors" applicable to this article? Infection occurs when eating contaminated food, or through unhygienic habits. We next asked if CRISPR-Cas9-mutagenesis coupled with HDR of a fluorescent reporter was applicable to other S. stercoralis genes. The worm larvae in the cyclops hatch out and penetrate the human intestine. CRISPR-Cas9-induced DSBs can also be resolved by HDR when a repair template is provided [5]. Paralyzed iL3s were discarded. n.a. Genomic DNA from each iL3 was split into four reactions: ctrl. Images were captured at 1 Hz using Mightex Camera Demo software (V1.2.0) in trigger mode. A mixed population was prepared because, given the labor-intensive nature of the microinjection procedure and screening process for unc iL3s, it was impractical to create an all-unc population of sufficient density for reliable whole-genome sequencing. Similarly, we found no evidence for unc F1 iL3s twitching in nicotine when Cas9 was omitted from RNP complex injections (S9B Fig). Infection comes from infected female mosquitoes taking a blood meal. # 56204); genomic DNA was eluted in 15 μL of nuclease-free ultrapure ddH2O and stored at -20°C until library preparation. The eggs are caught under the fingernails, and easily spread to other humans or back to the original host. Ascaris lumbricoides infestations are a leading cause of impaired childhood development amongst the poor. Thus, whether CRISPR-Cas9 can be used to study gene function in S. stercoralis was unclear. Nematodes (roundworms) have elongated, bilaterally long cylindrical bodies which contain an intestinal system and a large body cavity. These worms love the environment in your intestinal tract and can survive for months and even years without being noticed. However, when genotyping individual iL3s, we could reproducibly PCR-amplify the Ss-unc-22 target region from wild-type iL3s but noted inconsistency in our ability to amplify the Ss-unc-22 target region from unc F1 iL3s (Fig 4A). Right: relative quantity of the Ss-unc-22 site #3 target region for each unc F1 iL3 tested, and inferred genotypes. dH2O drops containing 6–10 SDS-recovered dauers were pipetted onto chemotaxis plates. They are very common and widely distributed free living as well as parasitic animals. # KK8232). We note that while >500 base pairs around Ss-unc-22 site #3 were found to be significantly depleted by whole-genome sequencing, the size of the deletion in many individual unc iL3s is likely to be substantially larger. A critical tool in this process is the free-living nematode crRNA, tracrRNA, and ssODN stocks were stored at -20°C until use and kept on ice during RNP complex preparation. Our finding that CRISPR-Cas9-mediated DSBs resulted in deletion of the target locus raised the possibility of unintended disruption of nearby genes. Many unc iL3s may contain larger deletions, as suggested by our PCR results, but these deletions may be positioned asymmetrically around the target site, with the exact breakpoints varying across individuals. Thus, S. ratti has been considered the more efficient option for generating stable lines [3,37,40]. We observed severe motility defects in unc F1 iL3s that may handicap their ability to migrate inside the host (Fig 2). unc F1 iL3s swam shorter distances relative to wild-type iL3s. Most eukaryotes efficiently repair CRISPR-Cas9-induced DSBs through the NHEJ pathway [5–7,19,25]. Wild-type iL3s showed continuous rapid movement in water; unc F1 iL3s experienced intermittent bouts of twitching, paralysis, and uncoordinated movement. Parasitic nematodes infect over 1 billion people worldwide and cause some of the most common neglected tropical diseases. (B) The Ss-unc-22 region is significantly depleted in unc F1 iL3s. The average nicotine-twitching frequency of iL3s collected from the mixed infection was 1.2% (Fig 6B, S7 Table). The ssODN contains stop codons in all reading frames, an EagI restriction site, and the sequence for the T7 primer flanked on either end by 5’ and 3’ homology arms that match the genomic DNA upstream and downstream of site #3. ***P<0.001, Fisher’s exact test. Molecular Biology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, To calculate indel frequency at Ss-unc-22 site #3, we took the mapped reads generated above and ran CRISPRessoWGS and CRISPRessoCompare with default parameters [29]. We found that the Ss-unc-22 libraries showed significant depletion in read coverage for an extended stretch of >500 base pairs around Ss-unc-22 site #3, while no such depletion was observed in the wild-type library (Fig 4C). The mixed population of unc F1 iL3s and wild-type iL3s was then used to infect gerbils, which are permissive laboratory hosts for S. stercoralis [36,37]. ***P<0.001, unpaired t test with Welch’s correction. As with HDR at Ss-unc-22, we isolated mRFPmars-expressing F1 iL3s that showed Ss-tax-4 integration events by PCR (S10C Fig, S6 Table). We found that CRISPR-Cas9-induced DSBs at Ss-unc-22 are resolved by HDR when an appropriate repair template is provided. Contact Us # 41003) using a 1-kb marker (NEB, Cat. The S. stercoralis gene SSTP_0000031900 was predicted as Ss-unc-22 based on 55.3% pairwise amino acid identity with Ce-unc-22; SSTP_0000031900 was also predicted in WormBase ParaSite as a twitchin and an ortholog of Ce-unc-22 [24,47]. The same approach was taken to identify Sr-unc-22 (SRAE_X000227400) in the S. ratti genome (PRJEB125, version WBPS9 on WormBase ParaSite) [24,47]. 10-s recordings of the iL3 swimming in the dH2O drop were immediately obtained using an Olympus E-PM1 digital camera attached to a Leica M165 FC microscope. (C) The ssODN failed to incorporate at site #3 by PCR. The free-living adults are amenable to transgenesis techniques adapted from the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans [3,11], suggesting they may also be amenable to CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutagenesis. We found that CRISPR-Cas9 mutagenesis in Strongyloides was strikingly similar to reported transgenesis outcomes; unc-22 mutagenesis was more efficient in S. stercoralis than S. ratti, with 17–28% and 2–7% of F1 iL3s twitching in nicotine, respectively, when using plasmid vector delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 and injecting a similar number of P0 females (Fig 3, S2 Fig, S1 and S2 Tables). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006675.s006. Deep-sequencing analysis was performed using custom Python and R scripts, and is described in detail above. This nematode lives in the subcutaneous tissues of man. Colorless, unsegmented, and lacking appendages, nematodes may be free-living, predaceous, or parasitic. In some cases, knocking out a gene of interest may interfere with the ability of iL3s to infect a host. In Taiwan studies have shown that those infected with pinworm are less likely than uninfected members of the general population to have hay fever (Clinical Experimental Allergy, vol 32, p1029). The unc phenotype observed for F2 or F3 iL3s was similar to that observed for F1 iL3s (Fig 2). Coverage around Ss-unc-22 site #3 is significantly depleted in both Ss-unc-22 libraries relative to the Ss-unc-22 gene average (P<0.05; see Methods). In addition, CRISPR-mediated deletions have also been observed in systems that are capable of NHEJ repair. Results for combined nicotine assay data presented in Fig 3B. For each sample, ~1 μg of template DNA was digested with EagI-HF (NEB, Cat. The S. ratti nicotine-twitching phenotype was similar in severity to the phenotype observed in S. stercoralis. Genomic DNA from populations of wild-type iL3s or Ss-unc-22-targeted F1 iL3s were collected as described above. Mostly nematodes are parasitic in nature infecting humans, animals, insects and other invertebrates. iL3s were collected using a Baermann apparatus and all F1 progeny were counted to calculate the average number of iL3s per injected adult. n = 346–788 iL3s for each condition. Here is some information on the human and plant parasitic nematodes. Nematodes that feed on plant parts are called plant parasitic nematodes (PPN) and are ubiquitous in agricultural soils. Asterisks indicate nucleotide differences between the S. stercoralis and S. ratti targets. (A) The genomic region of Ss-unc-22. Male Mongolian gerbils used to maintain S. stercoralis were obtained from Charles River Laboratories. S. stercoralis and closely related species are unique among parasitic nematodes in that they can develop through a single free-living generation outside the host (Fig 1A) [10]. These worms are elongated, have a large body cavity and an intestinal system. It then breaks into the alveoli, climbs the bronchial tubes, and up into the trachea. First, it is true that there are some bio- ... parasitic nematodes is usually recessive (Prichard, 2001) and if non-random mating typifies these in-fections, ABZ resistance will more rapidly develop Their progeny exit the host in feces and develop into either iL3s or free-living adults. A 18-year-old female asked: how common are parasitic worms in humans? 2015 [49]. research studying parasitic nematodes of humans, animals, and plants [l l]. Female Sprague-Dawley rats used to maintain S. ratti were obtained from Envigo Laboratories. unc iL3s swam shorter distances than wild-type iL3s. All control bands and all u22 bands were quantified relative to their respective reference bands, denoted by asterisks in A. PCR products were resolved on ~1% agarose gels stained with GelRed with a 1-kb marker. Usually the first indication of infection in areas where hygiene and sanitation are good, and the infected person is healthy is finding a worm in the toilet as you are about to flush. We asked whether CRISPR-Cas9 targeting was species-specific by injecting the plasmid vectors encoding Cas9 and the sgRNA for S. ratti site #2 into S. stercoralis. estimates 2.9 billion people are infected. Nematodes in Agriculture. First, we injected CRISPR-Cas9 complexes into free-living adult females and collected F1 iL3s where approximately 50% of the F1 population twitched in nicotine. 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