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Spatiotemporal Control of Gene Expression in Mammalian Cells and in Mice Using the LightOn System

  1. Xianjun Chen,
  2. Xue Wang,
  3. Zengmin Du,
  4. Zhengcai Ma,
  5. Yi Yang

Published Online: 1 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470559277.ch120267

Current Protocols in Chemical Biology

Current Protocols in Chemical Biology

How to Cite

Chen, X., Wang, X., Du, Z., Ma, Z. and Yang, Y. 2013. Spatiotemporal Control of Gene Expression in Mammalian Cells and in Mice Using the LightOn System. Current Protocols in Chemical Biology. 5:111–129.

Author Information

  1. Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, School of Pharmacy, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUN 2013

Abstract

A light-switchable transgene system could be a powerful optogenetic tool for the precise manipulation of spatiotemporal gene expression in multicellular organisms. We have developed the LightOn system, which consists of a single chimeric protein (GAVPO) that can homodimerize and bind to promoters upon exposure to blue light, activating transcription of a target gene. This article describes protocols for precise control of gene expression in mammalian cells and mice using the LightOn system. These protocols can be carried out in an ordinary laboratory, as both liposome-mediated transfection and hydrodynamic tail vein injection are routine methods that can easily transfer the LightOn system to mammalian cells and mouse liver, respectively. The illumination equipment can also be easily obtained. The LightOn system can provide a robust, convenient means to control the expression of a gene of interest, with unprecedented temporal and spatial accuracy in manipulating an extremely broad range of biological processes. Curr. Protoc. Chem. Biol. 5:111-129 © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords:

  • LightOn system;
  • light induced;
  • gene expression;
  • mammalian cell;
  • mice