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Efficient genome editing using tRNA promoter-driven CRISPR/Cas9 gRNA in Aspergillus niger

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Efficient genome editing using tRNA promoter-driven CRISPR/Cas9 gRNA in Aspergillus niger

Song, Letian, Ouedraogo, Jean-Paul, Kolbusz, Magdalena, Nguyen, Thi Truc Minh and Tsang, Adrian (2018) Efficient genome editing using tRNA promoter-driven CRISPR/Cas9 gRNA in Aspergillus niger. PLOS ONE, 13 (8). e0202868. ISSN 1932-6203

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202868

Abstract

As a powerful tool for fast and precise genome editing, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has been applied in filamentous fungi to improve the efficiency of genome alteration. However, the method of delivering guide RNA (gRNA) remains a bottleneck in performing CRISPR mutagenesis in Aspergillus species. Here we report a gRNA transcription driven by endogenous tRNA promoters which include a tRNA gene plus 100 base pairs of upstream sequence. Co-transformation of a cas9-expressing plasmid with a linear DNA coding for gRNA demonstrated that 36 of the 37 tRNA promoters tested were able to generate the intended mutation in A. niger. When gRNA and cas9 were expressed in a single extra-chromosomal plasmid, the efficiency of gene mutation was as high as 97%. Co-transformation with DNA template for homologous recombination, the CRISPR/Cas9 system resulted ~42% efficiency of gene replacement in a strain with a functioning non-homologous end joining machinery (kusA+), and an efficiency of >90% gene replacement in a kusA- background. Our results demonstrate that tRNA promoter-mediated gRNA expressions are reliable and efficient in genome editing in A. niger.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Biology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Song, Letian and Ouedraogo, Jean-Paul and Kolbusz, Magdalena and Nguyen, Thi Truc Minh and Tsang, Adrian
Journal or Publication:PLOS ONE
Date:2018
Funders:
  • Concordia Open Access Author Fund
  • NSERC Strategic Industrial Biocatalysis Network
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1371/journal.pone.0202868
ID Code:984702
Deposited By: KRISTA ALEXANDER
Deposited On:27 Nov 2018 19:51
Last Modified:27 Nov 2018 19:51

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