Acute and inherited piRNA-mediated silencing in a rde-3 ribonucleotidyltransferase mutant

Monika Priyadarshini, Sarah Al-Harbi, Christian Frøkjær-Jensen

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We recently developed a piRNA-based silencing assay (piRNAi) to study small-RNA mediated epigenetic silencing: acute gene silencing is induced by synthetic piRNAs expressed from extra-chromosomal array and transgenerational inheritance can be quantified after array loss. The assay allows inheritance assays by injecting piRNAs directly into mutant animals and targeting endogenous genes ( e.g. , him-5 and him-8 ) with obvious phenotypes (increased male frequency). Here we demonstrate the piRNAi assay by quantifying acute and inherited silencing in the ribonucleotidyltransferase rde-3 (ne3370) mutant. In the absence of rde-3, acute silencing was reduced but still detectable, whereas inherited silencing was abolished.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalmicroPublication biology
StatePublished - Sep 14 2022

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