Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2015;80(1):114-20. doi: 10.1080/09168451.2015.1072461. Epub 2015 Aug 7.

Long time-course monitoring of ZFP809-mediated gene silencing in transgene expression driven by promoters containing MLV-derived PBS.


Expression of Moloney murine leukemia virus (MoMLV)-typed retroviral vectors is strictly suppressed in immature cells such as embryonic stem cells. The phenomenon known as gene silencing is primed by the sequence-specific binding of the zinc finger protein 809 (ZFP809) to the primer-binding site of the vectors. However, it has yet to be determined whether the ZFP809-mediated gene silencing is maintained over a long period. In this study, we established an experimental system that can monitor gene silencing during a long-term cell culture using flow cytometry technology combined with fluorescent reporters for the expression of ZFP809 and the transgene expression driven by the promoters of interest. Time-course analysis using our system revealed that ZFP809 maintains gene silencing effect even at a longtime period. Furthermore, our system was useful for the monitoring of ZFP809-mediated gene silencing regardless of the types of vectors and cell lines.



PMID:  26252886