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A large number of genome-wide screens using RNA interference (RNAi) libraries have been utilized to determine the function of individual gene products involved in a variety of biological processes. In this study, we describe a new method to enzymatically generate a long hairpin RNA (lhRNA) expression library from a cDNA plasmid library using a nicking endonuclease, BcaBEST DNA polymerase, and Cre recombinase without excising the inserted DNA fragment from the plasmid vector. This method involves 5 steps: (1) conversion of an inserted DNA fragment in a plasmid into a direct repeat (DR); (2) purification of the plasmid containing the DR; (3) subcloning a lox71 cassette into the plasmid; (4) conversion of the DR in the plasmid into an inverted repeat (IR) using Cre recombinase; and (5) purification of the plasmid containing the IR. We also established an efficient method for inserting DNase I-digested DNA fragments into expression plasmids to enable construction of a cDNA plasmid library suitable as source materials to construct the lhRNA expression library. We confirmed that each of the lhRNA expression plasmids constructed using this method induced strong RNAi in a silkworm cell line, NIAS-Bm-oyanagi2. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Kazuya Tomimoto, Minoru Yamakawa, Hiromitsu Tanaka. Construction of a long hairpin RNA expression library using Cre recombinase. Journal of biotechnology. 2012 Aug 31;160(3-4):129-39

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