Ciona Knock Out

A database for knockout Ciona genes by genome editing technologies

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March, 2023

New TALEN vectors for serine racemase (SRR) has been added in our resource.

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A novel technique to establish Ciona mutant lines has been established. This technique utilizes TALEN-based genome editing and germ cell regeneration. In this report, new vector series that can monitor TALEN expression with the aid of mCherry fluorescence were created, and these vectors are now available from NBRP. Click here for details.

TALENs were used to mutate the critical element for the epidermis specific expression of Ci-CesA (Sasakura et al (2016) Proc Biol Sci 283, pii: 20161712). The TALENs were now included in our database.


Knockout can be considered the ultimate technique to address gene functions. The technique was limited to only a few model animals; however, recent applications of engineered nucleases has enabled us to carry out knockout in various organisms. We recently reported knockout of Ciona genes with TALE nucleases (TALENs). When TALENs are ubiquitously expressed by means of microinjection of RNA or electroporation of expression vectors with EF1 promoter, the nucleases introduce mutations at their target loci with high frequencies. When TALENs are expressed in tissue-specific manner with a tissue-specific cis element, we can knock out the target genes in the conditional manner and identify where the genes are required. Likewise, successful knockout of Ciona genes with CRISPR/Cas9 has also been reported. This database provides the basic datasets that may be useful for sharing TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9 vectors among ascidian community in order to facilitate the use of these tools for your researches.

Genome Editing with TALE nuclease (TALEN)

  • TALEN utilizes TAL effector from plant pathogens.
  • The DNA-binding domain of TAL effector is composed by repeats of four modules each of which recognizes a specific nucleotide.
  • Nuclease domain introduces double strand breaks. During repairing the breaks errors are introduced.

Genome Editing with CRISPR/Cas9

  • In the CRISPR/Cas9 system, the target site is determined by a short RNA named sgRNA.
  • Cas9 recognizes DNA-RNA heteroduplex and induces double strand break (DSB).
  • During the repair of the DSB, errors are introduced.

CRISPR/Cas9 basic vectors

Gene-specific sgRNAs