The CRISPR/Cas9 System as a Tool to Engineer Chromosomal Translocation In Vivo

  • Taek-Chin Cheong
  • Rafael B. Blasco
  • Roberto ChiarleEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1044)


The CRISPR/Cas9 system has emerged as a powerful tool to edit the genome. Among many applications, the system generates the exciting possibility of engineering small and large portions of chromosomes to induce a variety of structural alterations such as deletions, inversions, insertions and inter-chromosomal translocations. Furthermore, the availability of viral vectors that express Cas9 has been critical to deliver the CRISPR/Cas9 system directly in vivo to induce chromosomal rearrangements. This review provides an overview of the state-of-the-art CRISPR/Cas9 technology to model a variety of rearrangements in vivo in animal models.


CRISPR/Cas9 Chromosomal translocations Cancer Mouse models In vivo delivery 



This work was supported by National Institute of Health grants R01 CA196703-01 and R01 CA222598-01 to R.C.; Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC) grant IG-12023 to R.C.; Worldwide Cancer Research (former AICR) grant 12-0216 to R.C.; National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) fellowship 2016R1A6A3A03006840 to T.C.C.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taek-Chin Cheong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rafael B. Blasco
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roberto Chiarle
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PathologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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