Single copy insertion of transgenes in C. elegans

  • Frøkjær-Jensen C
  • Davis M
  • Hopkins C
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Currently transgenes in C. elegans are generated by injecting DNA into the germline. The DNA assembles into a semi-stable extrachromosomal array composed of many copies of injected DNA. These transgenes are typically overexpressed in somatic cells and silenced in the germline. We have developed a method called MosSCI (Mos1-mediated Single Copy Insertion) that inserts a single copy of a transgene into a defined site. Mobilization of a Mos1 transposon generates a double strand break in non-coding DNA. The break is repaired by copying DNA from an extrachromosomal template into the chromosomal site. Homozygous single copy insertions can be obtained in less than two weeks by injecting approximately twenty animals. We have successfully inserted transgenes as long as 9 kb and verified that single copies are inserted at the targeted site. Single copy transgenes are expressed at endogenous levels and can be expressed in the female and male germlines. Keywords

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  • C. elegans
  • gene targeting
  • homologous recombination
  • mos1
  • transposon

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  • Christian Frøkjær-Jensen

  • M Wayne Davis

  • Christopher E Hopkins

  • Blake Newman

  • Jason M Thummel

  • Søren-peter Olesen

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