Efficient base editing with high precision in rabbits using YFE-BE4max

Cell Death Dis. 2020 Jan 20;11(1):36. doi: 10.1038/s41419-020-2244-3.


Cytidine base editors, composed of a cytidine deaminase fused to Cas9 nickase, enable efficient C-to-T conversion in various organisms. However, current base editors suffer from severe trade-off between editing efficiency and precision. Here, based on rationally mutated cytidine deaminase domain, we develop a new base editor, YFE-BE4max, effectively narrow the editing width to as little as approximately three nucleotides while maintaining high efficiency in rabbits. Moreover, YFE-BE4max successfully mediated the Tyr p. Q68Stop and Lmna p. G607G mutation in F0 rabbit with high efficiency and precision, which precisely recapitulates the pathological features of human OCA1 and HGPS, respectively. Collectively, YFE-BE4max system provide promising tools to perform efficient base editing with high precision in rabbits and enhances its capacity to precisely model human diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Albinism / genetics
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cytidine Deaminase / chemistry
  • Cytidine Deaminase / genetics
  • Cytosine / metabolism
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Embryo, Mammalian / metabolism
  • Gene Editing*
  • Lamin Type A / genetics
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Progeria / genetics
  • Protein Domains
  • Rabbits
  • Thymidine / genetics


  • Lamin Type A
  • Cytosine
  • Cytidine Deaminase
  • Thymidine