ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-141120-1
Generation of multi-gene knockout rabbits using the Cas9/gRNA system
Yan, Q., Zhang, Q., Yang, H., Zou, Q., Tang, C., Fan, N., Lai, L.
Date: 2014
Source: Cell regeneration (London, England)   3: 12 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Zou, Qingliang
Keywords: Cas9/gRNA system, Multiple-gene knockout, Rabbits
MeSH Terms: none
PubMed: 25408890 Full text @ Cell Regen (Lond)
The prokaryotic clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-associated system (Cas) is a simple, robust and efficient technique for gene targeting in model organisms such as zebrafish, mice and rats. In this report, we applied CRISPR technology to rabbits by microinjection of Cas9 mRNA and guided RNA (gRNA) into the cytoplasm of pronuclear-stage embryos. We achieved biallelic gene knockout (KO) rabbits by injection of 1 gene (IL2rg) or 2 gene (IL2rg and RAG1) Cas9 mRNA and gRNA with an efficiency of 100%. We also tested the efficiency of multiple gene KOs in early rabbit embryos and found that the efficiency of simultaneous gene mutation on target sites is as high as 100% for 3 genes (IL2rg, RAG1 and RAG2) and 33.3% for 5 genes (IL2rg, RAG1, RAG2, TIKI1 and ALB). Our results demonstrate that the Cas9/gRNA system is a highly efficient and fast tool not only for single-gene editing but also for multi-gene editing in rabbits.