CRISPR-Cas9-mediated labelling of the C-terminus of human laminin β1 leads to secretion inhibition

Shaw, L, Williams, RL ORCID: 0000-0002-1954-0256 and Hamill, KJ ORCID: 0000-0002-7852-1944
(2020) CRISPR-Cas9-mediated labelling of the C-terminus of human laminin β1 leads to secretion inhibition. BMC RESEARCH NOTES, 13 (1). 90-.

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<h4>Objectives</h4>The laminins (LM) are a family of basement membranes glycoproteins with essential roles in supporting epithelia, endothelia, nerves and muscle adhesion, and in regulating a range of processes including cell migration, stem cell maintenance and differentiation. However, surprisingly little is known about the mechanisms of turnover and remodelling of LM networks due to lack of appropriate tools to study these processes at the necessary resolution. Recently, the nematode C. elegans ortholog of human the LMβ1 chain was labelled at the C-terminus with the photoconvertible fluorophore Dendra2. Here we used genome editing to establish a similar system in a mammalian cell line as proof of concept for future mammalian models.<h4>Results</h4>CRISPR-Cas9 was used to introduce the Dendra2 sequence at the C-terminus of LMβ1 in the human lung adenocarcinoma cell line A549. Despite expression of the tagged protein within cells, no detectable LMβ1-Dendra2 protein was deposited to the extracellular matrices or conditioned media of edited cells. Moreover, the edited cells displayed reduced proliferation rates. Together, these data suggest that, in humans, addition of C-terminal Dendra2 tag to LMβ1 inhibits LM secretion, and is not a viable approach for use in animal models.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laminin, Basement membrane, Dendra2, Genome editing, CRISPR-Cas9
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 11:24
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2024 09:42
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-020-04956-z
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