Single-Stranded Nucleic Acid Detection And Imaging System Using Cas9

TitleSingle-Stranded Nucleic Acid Detection And Imaging System Using Cas9
OwnerUniversity of California

Genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 has enabled rapid and accessible alteration of specific genomic loci in many organisms. A flexible means to target nucleic acids would allow alteration and imaging of endogenous RNA transcripts, for example, analogous to CRISPR/Cas-based genomic tools, but most nucleic acid targeting methods rely on incorporation of exogenous tags.



UC Berkeley researchers discovered compositions and methods for labeling a single stranded target nucleic acid with the use of a Cas9 protein; a Cas9 guide RNA; and a quenched PAMmer (a single stranded oligonucleotide having a protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) sequence.  The PAMmer also contains a detectable label and a quencher moiety that quenches the detectable label.  Cas9 cleavage of the PAMmer is predicted on complete Cas9 sgRNA: target complementarity and thus is highly specific.  The inventors have used the methods and compositions to track RNA in living cells in a programmable manner without genetically encoded tags.


Suggested uses


  • Detection of endogenous and foreign single-stranded nucleic acids (e.g., in cell culture, patient samples, and environmental samples)
  • Fixed and live-cell imaging of single-stranded nucleic acids



  • Ultra-low background and thus fewer false positive signals
  • Highly specific and sensitive detection



Programmable RNA Tracking in Live Cells with CRISPR/Cas9

Applicants:University of California
Access to additional documentation:Please inquire
Case Ref:UC Case 2015-090-0
Application number:US20180002736
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