My laboratory is currently working on a number of projects involving genetic engineering in cattle, goats, sheep and horses. We use CRISPR/Cas gene editing to specifically alter the coding sequence of genes in sheep to produced biomedical models of human disease, specifically hypophosphatasia. My lab is actively working on projects to produce gene edited cattle that are resistant to respiratory disease. We have also successfully used gene editing to correct the glycogen branching enzyme deficiency mutation in horses. We are also interested in altering the carcass characteristics of beef cattle by genetic engineering genes specifically related to meat tenderness in Bos indicus cattle. Other projects in the lab involve the use of mesenchymal stem cell-based therapies for treatment of equine disease and in particular methods for using these cells to over express proteins that can modulate the inflammatory response. We also have interest in using livestock as bioreactors to produce biotherapeutics and vaccine antigens in their milk. I have extensive experience in using genetic engineering in combination with assisted reproductive technologies (including somatic cell nuclear transfer) to produce live animals.

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Academic Articles100
  • Long, J. M., Trubenbach, L. A., Pryor, J. H., Long, C. R., Wickersham, T. A., Sawyer, J. E., & Satterfield, M. C. (2021). Maternal nutrient restriction alters endocrine pancreas development in fetal heifers.. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 74, 106580-106580.
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  • Long, J. M., Trubenbach, L. A., Hobbs, K. C., Poletti, A. E., Steinhauser, C. B., Pryor, J. H., ... Satterfield, M. C. (2021). Maternal nutrient restriction in late pregnancy programs postnatal metabolism and pituitary development in beef heifers.. PLoS One. 16(4), e0249924-e0249924.
  • Pinzon-Arteaga, C., Snyder, M. D., Lazzarotto, C. R., Moreno, N. F., Juras, R., Raudsepp, T., ... Long, C. R. (2020). Efficient correction of a deleterious point mutation in primary horse fibroblasts with CRISPR-Cas9.. Sci Rep. 10(1), 7411.
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  • Suva, L. J., Westhusin, M. E., Long, C. R., & Gaddy, D. (2020). Engineering bone phenotypes in domestic animals: Unique resources for enhancing musculoskeletal research.. Bone. 130, 115119-115119.
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  • Carrillo-Gonzlez, D. F., Rodrguez-Osorio, N., Long, C. R., Vsquez-Araque, N. A., & Maldonado-Estrada, J. G. (2020). l-Carnitine Supplementation during In Vitro Maturation and In Vitro Culture Does not Affect the Survival Rates after Vitrification and Warming but Alters Inf-T and ptgs2 Gene Expression.. Int J Mol Sci. 21(16), 5601-5601.
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  • Westhusin, M., & Long, C. (2018). Reproductive Cloning. Encyclopedia of Reproduction. 776-781. Elsevier.
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Conference Papers5
  • Pinzon, C. A., Carrillo, D., Moreno, N., Saavalainen, J., Schmitz, D., Golding, M. C., Wu, J., & Long, C. R. (2020). Harnessing a viral protein for efficient homologous recombination during mammalian genome editing. TRANSGENIC RESEARCH. 29(4), 481-481.
  • Williams, D. K., Pinzon, C. A., Huggins, S., Pryor, J. H., Georges, H. M., Hermann, F., ... Suva, L. J. (2018). Genetically Engineering a Sheep Model of Hypophosphatasia. FASEB JOURNAL. 32(1), 859.10-859.10.
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  • Long, C. R., Golding, M. C., & Westhusin, M. E. (2014). Lentivirus mediated transgenic livestock: applications in biomedical research. TRANSGENIC RESEARCH. 23(1), 192-193.
  • Carlson, D. F., Tan, W., Geurts, A. M., Long, C. R., Muir, W., & Fahrenkrug, S. C. (2012). Adding and subtracting livestock genes with transposons and nucleases. TRANSGENIC RESEARCH. 21(4), 901-902.
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Texas A&M University; Vet Med - Physiology & Pharmacology; 4466 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4466