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© Antoinette Ryter
Serratia marcescens avec présence de flagelles (cils) péritriches. Famille des Enterobacteriaceae, bacille à Gram négatif, non sporulé, anaérobie facultatif, mobile, parfois encapsulé, pouvant synthétiser un pigment rouge ou rose. Présent dans les végétaux , le sol, et l'eau. A l'origine d'infections nosocomiales et résistant à de nombreux antibiotiques. Image colorisée.
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Published in Nucleic acids research - 30 Apr 2020

Calvo-Villamañán A, Ng JW, Planel R, Ménager H, Chen A, Cui L, Bikard D

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 32352514

Nucleic Acids Res. 2020 Apr;

The ability to block gene expression in bacteria with the catalytically inactive mutant of Cas9, known as dCas9, is quickly becoming a standard methodology to probe gene function, perform high-throughput screens, and engineer cells for desired purposes. Yet, we still lack a good understanding of the design rules that determine on-target activity for dCas9. Taking advantage of high-throughput screening data, we fit a model to predict the ability of dCas9 to block the RNA polymerase based on the target sequence, and validate its performance on independently generated datasets. We further design a novel genome wide guide RNA library for E. coli MG1655, EcoWG1, using our model to choose guides with high activity while avoiding guides which might be toxic or have off-target effects. A screen performed using the EcoWG1 library during growth in rich medium improved upon previously published screens, demonstrating that very good performances can be attained using only a small number of well designed guides. Being able to design effective, smaller libraries will help make CRISPRi screens even easier to perform and more cost-effective. Our model and materials are available to the community through crispr.pasteur.fr and Addgene.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32352514