Dharmacon™ Edit-R™ reagents are optimized tools for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing that, when used for genome engineering within a human iPSC line, demonstrate efficient transfection and high rates of indel formation to achieve functional protein knockout.
Here are some of the benefits to creating functional knockout models in human iPSCs using Edit-R Cas9 nuclease mRNA and synthetic sgRNAs.
- Synthetic guide RNA & Cas9 mRNA eliminate the possibility of incorporating unwanted, exogenous DNA into the host cell genome
- Transient expression using synthetic sgRNA and Cas9 nuclease mRNA reduces the risk of off-target editing activity for more specific results
- No incompatibility issues between Cas9 promoter and cell line
- Easy, lipid-based co-transfection of Edit-R synthetic sgRNA and Cas9 mRNA using DharmaFECT Duo Transfection Reagent
Highly efficient transfection with no loss of pluripotency
Following electroporation of Edit-R Cas9 nuclease mRNA co-expressing a GFP reporter, fluorescence was observed in a high percentage of iPSCs just six hours post-transfection, suggesting a highly efficient transfection. Additionally, electroporation of synthetic sgRNAs targeting four genes reported to have no effect on iPSC pluripotency demonstrated >75% indel formation at each locus (TIDE analysis) without impacting pluripotency marker expression.
Indel formation demonstrates a functional knockout phenotype
SOX2 is a known controller of iPSC pluripotency that should induce a loss-of-pluripotency phenotype upon knockout. Electroporation of Edit-R Cas9 nuclease mRNA and three Edit-R synthetic sgRNAs targeting the SOX2 locus caused >80% indel formation for each sgRNA, with a corresponding loss of iPSC morphology. Moreover, staining with antibodies against iPSC pluripotency markers showed diminished expression of SOX2 and loss of OCT4 and TRA-1-60 expression in SOX2 sgRNA-treated samples, while a non-targeting control sample exhibited normal marker expression.
Lipid transfection provides successful delivery of Edit-R gene editing reagents to iPSCs
Although electroporation is the optimal method for delivering Edit-R reagents to iPSCs, it is not always a viable approach. DharmaFECT Duo Transfection Reagent represents an alternative, lipid-based delivery system that provides successful co-transfection of Cas9 mRNA and sgRNAs in iPSCs, as demonstrated by monitoring GFP expression and indel formation.
To see all the details of generating functional protein knockout in iPSCs using Edit-R reagents, download our application note.
Written by Ryan Donnelly
He holds a Professional Science Masters in Molecular Biotechnology from George Washington University and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Florida.
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