TitleA simplified miRNA-based gene silencing method for Drosophila melanogaster.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHaley, B, Hendrix, D, Trang, V, Levine, M
JournalDev Biol
Date Published2008 Sep 15
KeywordsAnimals, Cell Line, Drosophila melanogaster, Drosophila Proteins, Genetic Techniques, Genetic Vectors, MicroRNAs, RNA Interference, RNA-Binding Proteins, Transcription Factors, Wing

MicroRNA-based RNA interference is commonly used to produce loss-of-function phenotypes in mammalian systems, but is used only sparingly in invertebrates such as Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster. Here, we evaluate this method in transgenic strains of D. melanogaster and cultured S2 cells. High throughput-ready expression vectors were developed that permit rapid cloning of synthetic hairpin RNAs. As proof of concept, this method was used for the efficient silencing of dpp gene activity in the adult wing, and the analysis of the general RNA Polymerase II (Pol II) elongation factor, Nelf-E.

Alternate JournalDev. Biol.