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Molecular & Cellular Analysis Technologies
HAMMOND, SCOTT M
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UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL
Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) mediated RNAi is a well-established method for investigating cancer pathways and is a promising future therapeutic strategy. In particular, delivery of shRNAs by retroviral transduction enables RNAi knockdown in mouse models and cell lines refractory to transfection. The primary disadvantage of retroviral shRNA-based experiments is the reduced target gene knockdown frequently observed when a single copy of the shRNA vector is integrated. We have investigated the fate of shRNA precursors using a novel deep sequencing strategy we have previously developed. We find over 99 percent of precursor molecules are diverted to a non-productive biogenesis route, severely limiting the amount of mature RNA produced. In this proposed application we describe a screening strategy to optimize shRNA design and maximize target gene knockdown potential. Our long term goal, beyond the scope of this grant application, is to construct genome-wide shRNA libraries using our optimized shRNA design.