In vivo evaluation of PhiC31 recombinase activity using a self-excision cassette

Eugenio Sangiorgi, Zhang Shuhua, Mario R. Capecchi

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Gene targeting allows precise tailoring of the mouse genome such that desired modifications can be introduced under precise temporal and spatial control. This can be achieved through the use of site-specific recombinases, which mediate deletion or inversion of genomic DNA flanked by recombinase-specific recognition sites, coupled with gene targeting to introduce the recombinase recognition sites at the desired genomic locations within the mouse genome. The introduction of multiple modifications at the same locus often requires use of multiple recombination systems. The most commonly used recombination system is Cre/lox. We here evaluated in vivo the ability of PhiC31 phage integrase to induce a genomic deletion in mouse. We engineered a self-excision cassette, modeled after one previously designed for Cre, containing a positive selection marker and PhiC31 driven by a testis-specific promoter, all flanked by PhiC31 specific attP/B sites. We found in vivo PhiC31 mediated self-excision in 38% of transmitted alleles, although 18% of these showed evidence of imprecise deletion. Furthermore, in the 69% of un-recombined cassettes, sequence analysis revealed that PhiC31 mediated an intra-molecular deletion of the attB site preventing any subsequent recombination. This study demonstrates that PhiC31 can be used to automatically remove Neo, in the male chimera germline, although it is not as efficient or as accurate as Cre.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)e134-e134
RivistaNucleic Acids Research
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008


  • Animals
  • Attachment Sites, Microbiological
  • Bacteriophages
  • Gene Targeting
  • Integrases
  • Mice
  • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Streptomyces
  • Viral Proteins


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