alexa Standardized reagents and protocols for engineering zinc finger nucleases by modular assembly.
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Gene Technology

Author(s): Wright DA, ThibodeauBeganny S, Sander JD, Winfrey RJ, Hirsh AS,

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Abstract Engineered zinc finger nucleases can stimulate gene targeting at specific genomic loci in insect, plant and human cells. Although several platforms for constructing artificial zinc finger arrays using "modular assembly" have been described, standardized reagents and protocols that permit rapid, cross-platform "mixing-and-matching" of the various zinc finger modules are not available. Here we describe a comprehensive, publicly available archive of plasmids encoding more than 140 well-characterized zinc finger modules together with complementary web-based software (termed ZiFiT) for identifying potential zinc finger target sites in a gene of interest. Our reagents have been standardized on a single platform, enabling facile mixing-and-matching of modules and transfer of assembled arrays to expression vectors without the need for specialized knowledge of zinc finger sequences or complicated oligonucleotide design. We also describe a bacterial cell-based reporter assay for rapidly screening the DNA-binding activities of assembled multi-finger arrays. This protocol can be completed in approximately 24-26 d. This article was published in Nat Protoc and referenced in Gene Technology

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