CRISPR/Cas9-based knockout pipeline for reverse genetics in mammalian cell culture.


Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Pfotenhauerstrasse 108, 01307 Dresden, Germany. Electronic address: [Email]


We present a straightforward protocol for reverse genetics in cultured mammalian cells, using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated homology-dependent repair (HDR) based insertion of a protein trap cassette, resulting in a termination of the endogenous gene expression. Complete loss of function can be achieved with monoallelic trap cassette insertion, as the second allele is frequently disrupted by an error-prone non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) mechanism. The method should be applicable to any expressed gene in most cell lines, including those with low HDR efficiency, as the knockout alleles can be directly selected for.


CRISPR/Cas9,Gene targeting,Gene trap,Selectable knockout,

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