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Multiplexed sgRNA Expression Allows Versatile Single Nonrepetitive DNA Labeling and Endogenous Gene Regulation

Multiplexed sgRNA Expression Allows Versatile Single Nonrepetitive DNA Labeling and Endogenous Gene Regulation
Xiaoying Fan, Yingping Hou, Lei Chang, Shipeng Shao, Yujie Sun, Yuao Sun
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has made significant contributions to genome editing, gene regulation and chromatin studies in recent years. High-throughput and systematic investigations into the multiplexed biological systems require simultaneous expression and coordinated functioning of multiple sgRNAs. However, current cotransfection based sgRNA coexpression systems remain inefficient, and virus-based transfection approaches are relatively costly and labor intensive. Here we established a vector-independent method allowing multiple sgRNA expression cassettes to be assembled in series into a single plasmid. This synthetic biology-based strategy excels in its efficiency, controllability and scalability. Taking the flexibility advantage of this all-in-one sgRNA expressing system, we further explored its applications in single nonrepetitive genomic locus imaging as well as coordinated gene regulation in live cells. With its full potency, our method will facilitate the research in understanding genome structure, function and dynamics.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssynbio.7b00268

DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00268

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