Cellular siRNA delivery using TatU1A and photo-induced RNA interference.

Tamaki Endoh, Takashi Ohtsuki

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RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated silencing of specific genes represents a powerful tool for analyzing protein function. It also has profound biotechnological applications for cellular engineering and therapeutics. However, it is necessary to have a method that controls RNAi in response to artificially regulated stimulation. We designed a fluorescently labeled carrier protein to deliver short hairpin RNA (shRNA) with activity that could be regulated via photostimulation. We constructed a cell-permeable RNA-binding protein (RBP) by fusing the U1A RBP and a HIV-1 Tat peptide, which was labeled with an Alexa Fluor 546 fluorophore (TatU1A-Alexa). TatU1A-Alexa bound specifically to shRNA, which contains a U1A-binding sequence. The TatU1A-Alexa/shRNA complex was then internalized into cells via an endocytotic pathway and redistributed from endosomes to the cytosol by photostimulation, which induced RNAi-mediated gene silencing. This successive strategy was termed CLIP-RNAi (CPP-linked RBP-mediated RNA internalization and photoinduced RNAi).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-281
Number of pages11
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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