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A non-inheritable maternal Cas9-based multiple-gene editing system in mice.

Sakurai T, Kamiyoshi A, Kawate H, Mori C, Watanabe S, Tanaka M, Uetake R, Sato M, Shindo T (2016) A non-inheritable maternal Cas9-based multiple-gene editing system in mice. Sci Rep 6:20011. doi: 10.1038/srep20011

Summary: In this work, the authors generated transgenic mice with systemic Cas9 overexpression (Cas9 mice) in order to simplify the procedure of generating genetically modified animals using the CRISPR/Cas9 system – only guide RNAs (gRNAs) would need to be administered to induce mutations at target loci. To test Cas9 mice for genome editing in vitro, the authors transiently transfected primary fibroblasts from Cas9 mice with Ggta1 gRNA (Ggta1 is responsible for synthesizing the cell-surface α-Gal epitope). They treated the fibroblasts with rIB4-SAP (Cat. #IT-10) and found that it killed Ggta1 +/+ and KO/+ cells, while biallelic Ggta1 KO cells survived as they did not synthesize the α-Gal epitope. This indicated that primary cells from the Cas9 transgenic mice have CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing capability with the administration of gRNA alone. The success of their experiments indicate that this method could potentially be used to generate other genetically modified animals.

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