Highly efficient CRISPR-targeting of the murine Hipp11 intergenic region supports inducible human transgene expression


Safe harbor loci allow predicable integration of a transgene into the genome without perturbing endogenous gene activity and for decades have been exploited in the mouse to investigate gene function, generate humanised models and create tissue specific reporter and Cre recombinase expressing lines. Herein, we show that the murine Hipp11 intergenic region can facilitate highly efficient integration of a large transgene—the human CD1A promoter and coding region—by means of CRISPR-Cas9 mediated homology directed repair. The data shows that the single copy human CD1A transgene is faithfully expressed in an inducible manner in homozygous animals in both macrophage and dendritic cells. Our results validate the Hipp11 intergenic region as being a highly amenable target site for functional transgene integration in mouse.

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J.B. is a Postgraduate Research Scholar funded by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Programme (GOIPG/2015/3729), M.R. was a Masters of Immunology Student at Trinity College Dublin. This work was supported by the National Children Research Centre. E.H. is a postdoctoral researcher funded by an SFI starting investigator research grant (15/SIRG/3473).

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VPK and PGF conceived and designed the study. JB, MR, EH, SM, and FS performed the experiments. JB, MR, EH, SM, FS, VPK and PGF interpreted the results. JB and VPK wrote the manuscript.

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Browning, J., Rooney, M., Hams, E. et al. Highly efficient CRISPR-targeting of the murine Hipp11 intergenic region supports inducible human transgene expression. Mol Biol Rep 47, 1491–1498 (2020) doi:10.1007/s11033-019-05204-9

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  • Intergenic site 2
  • Isg2
  • Hipp11
  • H11
  • Safe-harbor locus
  • Humanized mice
  • CRISPR-Cas9
  • CD1A