Use of mariner transposases for one-step delivery and integration of DNA in prokaryotes and eukaryotes by transfection

Maryia Trubitsyna, Gracjan Michlewski, David Finnegan, Alistair Elfick, Susan Rosser, Julia Richardson, Christopher French

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Delivery of DNA to cells and its subsequent integration into the host genome is a fundamental task in molecular biology, biotechnology and gene therapy. Here we describe an IP-free one-step method that enables stable genome integration into either prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells. A synthetic mariner transposon is generated by flanking a DNA sequence with short inverted repeats. When purified recombinant Mos1 or Mboumar-9 transposase is co-transfected with transposon-containing plasmid DNA, it penetrates prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells and integrates the target DNA into the genome. In vivo integrations by purified transposase can be achieved by electroporation, chemical transfection or Lipofection of the transposase:DNA mixture, in contrast to other published transposon-based protocols which require electroporation or microinjection. As in other transposome systems, no helper plasmids are required since transposases are not expressed inside the host cells, thus leading to generation of stable cell lines. Since it does not require electroporation or microinjection, this tool has the potential to be applied for automated high-throughput creation of libraries of random integrants for purposes including gene knock-out libraries; screening for optimal integration positions or safe genome locations in different organisms; selection of the highest production of valuable compounds for biotechnology; and sequencing.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere89
Number of pages10
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number10
Early online date16 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2017


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