Constructing four siRNA expression plasmids for each target can be time-consuming and expensive. In vitro transcription provides a less formidable siRNA screening method. To ensure that siRNAs expressed from plasmids are functionally equivalent to siRNAs prepared by in vitro transcription, we prepared plasmids and siRNAs targeting four different sequences in the cyclophilin and GAPDH genes. These nucleic acids were transfected into HeLa cells. Silencing was evaluated by Northern analysis using probes specific to GAPDH, cyclophilin, and 28S rRNA. The hybridization signal from the various targets was quantitated by phosphorimager. As seen in Figure 1, the susceptibility of siRNA target sites to siRNA-mediated gene silencing appears to be comparable for both in vitro prepared siRNAs and RNA Pol III-expressed siRNAs. This is also true for chemically synthesized siRNAs versus RNA Pol III-expressed siRNAs. Therefore, it is not necessary to re-screen genes for which functional siRNAs have already been identified.
Transcribed siRNA siRNAVector GAPDH
Figure 1. Correlation of Target Site Selection Between siRNA Generated In Vitro and In Vivo. siRNAs to four target sites in each of two genes (GAPDH and cyclophilin) were selected and prepared using the Silencer siRNA Construction Kit. Sequences encoding hairpin siRNAs to the same target sequences were sub-cloned into pSilencer 2.0-U6 and 3.0-H1. The siRNAs and siRNA expression vectors were transfected into HeLa cells using siPORT-Lipid (Ambion). Target RNA levels were assessed post-transfection (48 hr) by Northern analysis using the NorthernMax procedure (Ambion). The relative levels of the target genes were measured against cells transfected with negative control siRNA or negative control siRNA expression vector.
Cat# Product Name Size 1620 Silencer siRNA Construction Kit 15 siRNA synthesis rxns 7207 pSilencer 1.0-U6 (circular) 20 g 7208 pSilencer 1.0-U6 (linear) 20 rxns 7209 pSilencer 2.0-U6 20 rxns 7210 pSilencer 3.0-H1 20 rxns