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TALEN-based Drosophila gene knock-outs

We are currently performinng a serie of pilot experiments to generate TALENs-based gene knockouts for an initial set of 10 selected genes. TALENs design and synthesis is performed by specialised TEFOR-associated platform "TALGENE".
Mutations are generated by TALEN-induced double-strand DNA break followed by Non-Homologous End Joining.
We expect to open TALEN-based gene knockout service in 2014.

Below are few schemes presenting TALENs function, TALEN assembly and an example of identification/mapping of TALEN-induced mutations in flies.  

You can also refer to two recent publications:

  1. Efficient and specific modifications of the Drosophila genome by means of an easy TALEN strategy.
    Liu J , Li C , Yu Z , Huang P , Wu H , Wei C , Zhu N , Shen Y , Chen Y , Zhang B , Deng WM , Jiao R .
    J Genet Genomics2012 May 20;39(5):209-15.
  2. An efficient strategy for TALEN-mediated genome engineering in Drosophila.
    Katsuyama T, Akmammedov A , Seimiya M , Hess SC , Sievers C , Paro R .
    Nucleic Acids Res2013 Jul 22.
  • TAL effectors and TALEN structure

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  • Scheme of modules assembly to generate target specific TALEN

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  • Synthesize 8 gene sets each with 4 core RVD-coding modules and bearing 5' and 3' termini as dictated by the table to the right
  • Digest with BsmB1 to generate unique 5' and 3' overhangs with single nucleotide polymorphisms (as dictated by table to the right)
  • Select a 16 (or 24) bp DNA recognition site
  • For 1st 8-mer repeat, pick an NI from set 1, an NN from set 2, an NN from set 3, etc.. to create a pool of 8 single-repeat genes
  • Anneal and ligate the 8 single-repeat genes into a predetermined order to produced the desired 8-mer
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  • Pooled ligation of 8-mer arrays
  • Cloning into the pAvrAa7-FN scaffold plasmid
  • Generation of dTALEN recognizing 16 (or 24) bp target site

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  • Scheme of TALEN based gene knockout procedure in Drosophila

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  • Injection of TALEN mRNAs into wild type Drosophila embryos
  • Enzyme digestion to screen for mosaic F0
  • Enzyme digestion and sequencing to identify expected mutants
  • Establishing stocks


  • Genotyping - testing TALENS in vivo by identification of somatic mosaics

 Yellow mosaics observed in F0

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Positioning of TALENs target sequences around an unique restriction site.
Genotyping FO mosaics by identification of incomplete digestion of PCR products encompassing mutation site 

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