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ESI mutagenesis: A one-step method for introducing point mutations into bacterial artificial chromosome transgenes

By Arnaud Rondelet, Andrei Pozniakovsky, Marit Leuschner, Ina Poser, Andrea Ssykor, Julian Berlitz, Nadine Schmidt, Anthony A Hyman, Alexander W. Bird

Posted 16 Nov 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/844282

Bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-based transgenes have emerged as a powerful tool for controlled and conditional interrogation of protein function in higher eukaryotes. While homologous recombination-based recombineering methods have streamlined the efficient integration of protein tags onto BAC transgenes, generating precise point mutations has remained less efficient and time-consuming. Here we present a simplified method for inserting point mutations into BAC transgenes requiring a single recombineering step followed by antibiotic selection. This technique, which we call ESI (Exogenous/Synthetic Intronization) mutagenesis, relies on co-integration of a mutation of interest along with a selectable marker gene, the latter of which is harboured in an artificial intron adjacent to the mutation site. Cell lines generated from ESI-mutated BACs express the transgenes equivalently to the endogenous gene, and all cells efficiently splice out the synthetic intron. Thus, ESI-mutagenesis provides a robust and effective single-step method with high precision and high efficiency for mutating BAC transgenes. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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