shRNA gene silencing Mouse - Prostate cancer cell lines (DU145 and PC3) CD24 lentiviral particles

Short hairpin or small hairpin RNA (shRNA) is artificial RNA, which has a hairpin loop structure, and uses inherent microRNA (miRNA) machinery to silence target gene expression. This is called RNA interference (RNAi). These can be delivered via plasmids or viral/bacterial vectors. Challenges in shRNA-mediated gene silencing include: 1. Off-target silencing, 2. Packaging shRNA encoding lentivirus, and 3. Stable transduction in cells. RNAi have been designed to have anywhere from 19-27 bs, but the most effective design has 19 bp. In case commercial shRNAs are not available, potential target sites can be chosen within exon, 5’- or 3’ UTR, depending on which splice variants of the gene are desired. One should use the latest algorithms and choose at least two different sequences, targeting different regions, in order to have confidence in overcoming off-target effects. A BLAST search after selecting potential design will eliminate potential off-target sequences. For the second challenge, sequencing the vector using primers for either strand (50-100 bp upstream) is suggested, along with using enzymatic digestion on agarose gel for the vector. Next, once the shRNA-containing vector is packaged in a virus, it is important to check the viral titer before transduction. Finally, using a marker in the lentiviral vector (fluorescent protein or antibiotic resistance), along with qPCR for target gene expression can help in determining efficacy of transduction and shRNA on its target site.

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1 year ago by A.C.Burton United Kingdom

Multiple gene silencing using ShRNA

Hello, can someone here help me? I am trying to silence e-selectin and ICAM-1 in endothelial cells. I would like to know if this is possible using shRNA

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Seed cells in 10-cm plates and cultured with puromycin
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Human CD24-shRNA S1 TGCCTCGACACACATAAAC

Human CD24- shRNA S2 TTGCATTGACCACGACTAA
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Seed cells in 10-cm plates and cultured with puromycin
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Human CD24-shRNA S1 TGCCTCGACACACATAAAC

Human CD24- shRNA S2 TTGCATTGACCACGACTAA
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