While human lymphoblastoid cell lines represent a valuable resource for population genetic studies, they have usually been regarded as difficult for CRISPR-mediated genomic editing because of very inefficient DNA transfection and retroviral or lentiviral transduction in these cells, which becomes a substantial problem when multiple constructs need to be co-expressed. Here we describe a protocol using a single-stranded donor oligonucleotide strategy for ‘scarless’ editing in lymphoblastoid cells, yielding 12/60 (20%) of clones with homology-directed recombination, when rates of <5–10% are frequently typical for many other cell types. The protocol does not require the use of lentiviruses or stable transfection, permitting lymphoblastoid cell lines to be used for CRISPR-mediated genomic targeting and screening in population genetic studies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Medicine (miscellaneous)