Beyond seek and destroy: How to generate allelic series using genome editing tools

Herbert Leo, Meunier Anne Cecile, Bes Martine, Vernet Aurore, Portefaix Murielle, Durandet Franz, Michel Rémy, Chaine Christian, This Patrice, Guiderdoni Emmanuel, Périn Christophe. 2020. Beyond seek and destroy: How to generate allelic series using genome editing tools. Rice, 13:5, 9 p.

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Abstract : Genome editing tools have greatly facilitated the functional analysis of genes of interest by targeted mutagenesis. Many usable genome editing tools, including different site-specific nucleases and editor databases that allow single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to be introduced at a given site, are now available. These tools can be used to generate high allelic diversity at a given locus to facilitate gene function studies, including examining the role of a specific protein domain or a single amino acid. We compared the effects, efficiencies and mutation types generated by our LbCPF1, SpCAS9 and base editor (BECAS9) constructs for the OsCAO1 gene. SpCAS9 and LbCPF1 have similar efficiencies in generating mutations but differ in the types of mutations induced, with the majority of changes being single-nucleotide insertions and short deletions for SpCAS9 and LbCPF1, respectively. The proportions of heterozygotes also differed, representing a majority in our LbCPF1, while with SpCAS9, we obtained a large number of biallelic mutants. Finally, we demonstrated that it is possible to specifically introduce stop codons using the BECAS9 with an acceptable efficiency of approximately 20%. Based on these results, a rational choice among these three alternatives may be made depending on the type of mutation that one wishes to introduce, the three systems being complementary. SpCAS9 remains the best choice to generate KO mutations in primary transformants, while if the desired gene mutation interferes with regeneration or viability, the use of our LbCPF1 construction will be preferred, because it produces mainly heterozygotes. LbCPF1 has been described in other studies as being as effective as SpCAS9 in generating homozygous and biallelic mutations. It will remain to be clarified in the future, whether the different LbCFP1 constructions have different efficiencies and determine the origin of these differences. Finally, if one wishes to specifically introduce stop codons, BECAS9 is a viable and efficient alternative, although it has a lower efficiency than SpCAS9 and LbCPF1 for creating KO mutations.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Génome, Oryza, Carte génétique, genomic features [EN], Codon, Mutagénèse, phytogénétique

Mots-clés libres : CRISPR-Cas9, CPF1, Genome editing, Rice

Classification Agris : F30 - Plant genetics and breeding

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 1 (2019-) - Biodiversité

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Herbert Leo, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Meunier Anne Cecile, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Bes Martine, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Vernet Aurore, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Portefaix Murielle, INRA (FRA)
  • Durandet Franz, Université de Montpellier (FRA)
  • Michel Rémy, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Chaine Christian, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • This Patrice, INRA (FRA)
  • Guiderdoni Emmanuel, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)
  • Périn Christophe, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA) - auteur correspondant

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