5 years ago

Enhancing Protein Production Yield from Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells by CRISPR Interference

Enhancing Protein Production Yield from Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells by CRISPR Interference
Li-Yu Sung, Chih-Che Shen, Yu-Chen Hu, Mei-Wei Lin, Shih-Yeh Lin
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are an important host for biopharmaceutical production. Generation of stable CHO cells typically requires cointegration of dhfr and a foreign gene into chromosomes and subsequent methotrexate (MTX) selection for coamplification of dhfr and foreign gene. CRISPR interference (CRISPRi) is an emerging system that effectively suppresses gene transcription through the coordination of dCas9 protein and guide RNA (gRNA). However, CRISPRi has yet to be exploited in CHO cells. Here we constructed vectors expressing the functional CRISPRi system and proved effective CRISPRi-mediated suppression of dhfr transcription in CHO cells. We next generated stable CHO cell clones coexpressing DHFR, the model protein (EGFP), dCas9 and gRNA targeting dhfr. Combined with MTX selection, CRISPRi-mediated repression of dhfr imparted extra selective pressure to force CHO cells to coamplify more copies of dhfr and egfp genes. Compared with the traditional method relying on MTX selection (up to 250 nM), the CRISPRi approach increased the dhfr copy number ∼3-fold, egfp copy number ∼3.6-fold and enhanced the EGFP expression ∼3.8-fold, without impeding the cell growth. Furthermore, we exploited the CRISPRi approach to enhance the productivity of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) ∼2.3-fold. Our data demonstrate, for the first time, the application of CRISPRi in CHO cells to enhance recombinant protein production and may pave a new avenue to CHO cell engineering.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssynbio.7b00020

DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00020

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.