Lars Bolund

Golden Gate Assembly of CRISPR gRNA expression array for simultaneously targeting multiple genes

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The engineered CRISPR/Cas9 technology has developed as the most efficient and broadly used genome editing tool. However, simultaneously targeting multiple genes (or genomic loci) in the same individual cells using CRISPR/Cas9 remain one technical challenge. In this article, we have developed a Golden Gate Assembly method for the generation of CRISPR gRNA expression arrays, thus enabling simultaneous gene targeting. Using this method, the generation of CRISPR gRNA expression array can be accomplished in 2 weeks, and contains up to 30 gRNA expression cassettes. We demonstrated in the study that simultaneously targeting 10 genomic loci or simultaneously inhibition of multiple endogenous genes could be achieved using the multiplexed gRNA expression array vector in human cells. The complete set of plasmids is available through the non-profit plasmid repository Addgene.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCellular and Molecular Life Sciences
Pages (from-to)4315–4325
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2016

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