Guide RNA modification as a way to improve CRISPR/Cas9-based genome-editing systems

Julia Filippova, Anastasiya Matveeva, Evgenii Zhuravlev, Grigory Stepanov

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Abstract

Genome-editing technologies, in particular, CRISPR systems, are widely used for targeted regulation of gene expression and obtaining modified human and animal cell lines, plants, fungi, and animals with preassigned features. Despite being well described and easy to perform, the most common methods for construction and delivery of CRISPR/Cas9-containing plasmid systems possess significant disadvantages, mostly associated with effects of the presence of exogenous DNA within the cell. Transfection with active ribonucleoprotein complexes of Cas9 with single-guide RNAs (sgRNAs) represents one of the most promising options because of faster production of sgRNAs, the ability of a researcher to control the amount of sgRNA delivered into the cell, and consequently, fewer off-target mutations. Artificial-RNA synthesis strategies allow for the introduction of various modified components, such as backbone alterations, native structural motifs, and labels for visualization. Modifications of RNA can increase its resistance to hydrolysis, alter the thermodynamic stability of RNA–protein and RNA–DNA complexes, and reduce the immunogenic and cytotoxic effects. This review describes various approaches to improving synthetic guide RNA function through nucleotide modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalBiochimie
Volume167
Early online date4 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • CRISPR/Cas9
  • Genome editing
  • Guide RNA
  • RNA modification
  • Single-guide RNA
  • MUTAGENESIS
  • COMPLEX
  • SPECIFICITY
  • HUMAN-CELLS
  • TARGET DNA
  • CLEAVAGE
  • GENE
  • PSEUDOURIDINE
  • CAS9
  • REPEATS

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