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Development of a CRISPR activation-based approach for the treatment of SCN2A haploinsufficiency in Autism Spectrum Disorder


Haploinsufficiency, having only one functional gene copy, is associated with close to 100 autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk genes. Here, using SCN2A haploinsufficiency, a major ASD risk condition, we show that CRISPR activation (CRISPRa) of the existing functional copy at adolescent stages provides a viable therapeutic approach. First, we demonstrate the potential for a therapeutic to rescue electrophysiological deficits in mice by utilizing heterozygous Scn2a conditional knockin mice. Next, using an AAV-based CRISPRa approach, we rescue these electrophysiological deficits in Scn2a heterozygous mice and human SCN2A heterozygous excitatory neurons. Our results provide a novel therapeutic approach for numerous ASD-associated genes and also suggest that rescue Scn2a function, even in relatively mature developmental stages, could ameliorate neurodevelopmental phenotypes.

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