Comparing Zinc Finger Nucleases and Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases for Gene Targeting in Drosophila

Kelly J. Beumer, Jonathan K. Trautman, Michelle Christian, Timothy J. Dahlem, Cathleen M. Lake, R. Scott Hawley, David J. Grunwald, Daniel F. Voytas, Dana Carroll

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Abstract

Zinc-nger nucleases have proven to be successful as reagents for targeted genome manipulation in Drosophila melanogaster and many other organisms. Their utility has been limited, how-ever, by the signicant failure rate of new designs, reecting the complexity of DNA recognition by zinc ngers. Transcription activator-like effector (TALE) DNA-binding domains depend on a simple, one-module-to-one-base-pair recognition code, and they have been very productively incorporated into nucleases (TALENs) for genome engineering. In this report we describe the design of TALENs for a number of different genes in Drosophila, and we explore several parameters of TALEN design. The rate of success with TALENs was substantially greater than for zinc-nger nucleases, and the frequency of mutagenesis was comparable. Knockout mutations were isolated in several genes in which such alleles were not previously available. TALENs are an effective tool for targeted genome manipulation in Drosophila.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1717-1725
Number of pages9
JournalG3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
Volume3
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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