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A system for the measurement of gene targeting efficiency in human cell lines using an antibiotic resistance-GFP fusion gene.

BioTechniques (2012-09-12)
Yuko Konishi, Sivasundaram Karnan, Miyuki Takahashi, Akinobu Ota, Lkhagvasuren Damdindorj, Yoshitaka Hosokawa, Hiroyuki Konishi
ABSTRACT

Gene targeting in a broad range of human somatic cell lines has been hampered by inefficient homologous recombination. To improve this technology and facilitate its widespread application, it is critical to first have a robust and efficient research system for measuring gene targeting efficiency. Here, using a fusion gene consisting of hygromycin B phosphotransferase and 3'-truncated enhanced GFP (HygR-5' EGFP) as a reporter gene, we created a molecular system monitoring the ratio of homologous to random integration (H/R ratio) of targeting vectors into the genome. Cell clones transduced with a reporter vector containing HygR-5' EGFP were efficiently established from two human somatic cell lines. Established HygR-5' EGFP reporter clones retained their capacity to monitor gene targeting efficiency for a longer duration than a conventional reporter system using an unfused 5' EGFP gene. With the HygR-5' EGFP reporter system, we reproduced previous findings of gene targeting frequency being up-regulated by the use of an adeno-associated viral (AAV) backbone, a promoter-trap system, or a longer homology arm in a targeting vector, suggesting that this system accurately monitors H/R ratio. Thus, our HygR-5' EGFP reporter system will assist in the development of an efficient AAV-based gene targeting technology.

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Hygromycin B from Streptomyces hygroscopicus, lyophilized powder
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Hygromycin B from Streptomyces hygroscopicus, suitable for plant cell culture, BioReagent, ≥60% (HPLC), lyophilized powder
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Hygromycin B from Streptomyces hygroscopicus, powder, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture, suitable for insect cell culture
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Hygromycin B solution from Streptomyces hygroscopicus, ≥60% (HPLC), 45-60 mg/mL in H2O
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Hygromycin B solution from Streptomyces hygroscopicus, ≥60% (HPLC), 45-60 mg/mL in H2O, γ-irradiated