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Construction of shRNA of fulminant hepatitis related gene mfgl2 and investigation of its biological effects in vitro

Virologica Sinica


This study was designed to explore the RNA interference technique in inhibition of the expression of the mouse fibrinogen like protein 2 (mfgl2), which has been reported to be involved in the development a variety of diseases including fulminant viral hepatitis. A plasmid named p-mfgl2shRNA, complementary to the sequence of mfgl2 was constructed, while another short hairpin RNA (shRNA) which was a mutated form of the mfgl2shRNA sequences was used as a control. A plasmid named pEGFP-mfgl2 expressing the mfgl2-EGFP fusion protein was also constructed for the screening of the effect of p-mfgl2shRNA on mfgl2 expression. By cotransfection of p-mfgl2shRNA and pEGFP-mfgl2 or pcDNA3.1-mfgl2 expression construct into CHO cells or HeLa cells, the inhibition of mfgl2 expression by mfgl2shRNA was analyzed by direct observation through fluorescent microscopy, FACS, RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry staining. The experiments showed the significant inhibitory effect of p-mfgl2shRNA on mfgl2 expression at 48h post-transfection in both CHO and Hela cell lines with the inhibitory efficiency as high as 80.1%. The study demonstrated that the construct of p-mfgl2shRNA successfully interfered with the mfgl2 expression in vitro.

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Correspondence to Qin Ning.

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Foundation items: National Natural Science Foundation of China ( No.30571643, No.30672380) and National Key Basic Research Program of China ( No. 2005CB2401, 2007CB512904)

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Xi, D., Wang, ZM., Gao, S. et al. Construction of shRNA of fulminant hepatitis related gene mfgl2 and investigation of its biological effects in vitro . Virol. Sin. 22, 366–373 (2007).

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