Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Crispr/cas9-induced Disruption Of Paraflagellar Rod Protein 1 And 2 Genes In Trypanosoma Cruzi Rteveals Their Role In Flagellar Attachment
Author: Lander
Noelia; Li
Zhu-Hong; Niyogi
Sayantanee; Docampo
Abstract: Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, and current methods for its genetic manipulation have been highly inefficient. We report here the use of the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas9 (CRISPR-associated gene 9) system for disrupting genes in the parasite by three different strategies. The utility of the method was established by silencing genes encoding the GP72 protein, which is required for flagellar attachment, and paraflagellar rod proteins 1 and 2 (PFR1, PFR2), key components of the parasite flagellum. We used either vectors containing single guide RNA (sgRNA) and Cas9, separately or together, or one vector containing sgRNA and Cas9 plus donor DNA for homologous recombination to rapidly generate mutant cell lines in which the PFR1, PFR2, and GP72 genes have been disrupted. We demonstrate that genome editing of these endogenous genes in T. cruzi is successful without detectable toxicity of Cas9. Our results indicate that PFR1, PFR2, and GP72 contribute to flagellar attachment to the cell body and motility of the parasites. Therefore, CRISPR/Cas9 allows efficient gene disruption in an almost genetically intractable parasite and suggest that this method will improve the functional analyses of its genome. IMPORTANCE Trypanosoma cruzi is the agent of Chagas disease, which affects millions of people worldwide. Vaccines to prevent this disease are not available, and drug treatments are not completely effective. The study of the biology of this parasite through genetic approaches will make possible the development of new preventive or treatment options. Previous attempts to use the CRISPR/Cas9 in T. cruzi found a detectable but low frequency of Cas9-facilitated homologous recombination and fluorescent marker swap between exogenous genes, while Cas9 was toxic to the cells. In this report, we describe new approaches that generate complete disruption of an endogenous gene without toxicity to the parasites and establish the relevance of several proteins for flagellar attachment and motility.
Subject: Double-stranded-rna
African Trypanosomes
Glycoprotein Gp72
Expression Vector
Citation: Crispr/cas9-induced Disruption Of Paraflagellar Rod Protein 1 And 2 Genes In Trypanosoma Cruzi Rteveals Their Role In Flagellar Attachment. Amer Soc Microbiology, v. 6, p. JUL-AUG-2015.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01012-15
Date Issue: 2015
Appears in Collections:Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos

Files in This Item:
File SizeFormat 
wos_000360839400034.pdf2.39 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.