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FlyORF-TaDa allows rapid generation of new lines for in vivo cell-type-specific profiling of protein–DNA interactions in Drosophila melanogaster


Aughey, GN and Delandre, C and McMullen, JPD and Southall, TD and Marshall, OJ, FlyORF-TaDa allows rapid generation of new lines for in vivo cell-type-specific profiling of protein-DNA interactions in Drosophila melanogaster, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 11, (1) pp. 1-6. ISSN 2160-1836 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/g3journal/jkaa005


Targeted DamID (TaDa) is an increasingly popular method of generating cell-type-specific DNA-binding profiles in vivo. Although sensitive and versatile, TaDa requires the generation of new transgenic fly lines for every protein that is profiled, which is both time-consuming and costly. Here, we describe the FlyORF-TaDa system for converting an existing FlyORF library of inducible open reading frames (ORFs) to TaDa lines via a genetic cross, with recombinant progeny easily identifiable by eye color. Profiling the binding of the H3K36me3- associated chromatin protein MRG15 in larval neural stem cells using both FlyORF-TaDa and conventional TaDa demonstrates that new lines generated using this system provide accurate and highly reproducible DamID-binding profiles. Our data further show that MRG15 binds to a subset of active chromatin domains in vivo. Courtesy of the large coverage of the FlyORF library, the FlyORF-TaDa system enables the easy creation of TaDa lines for 74% of all transcription factors and chromatin-modifying proteins within the Drosophila genome.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:transcription factor, chromatin, transcription, development, DamID, neural stem cells
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Epigenetics (incl. genome methylation and epigenomics)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Delandre, C (Dr Caroline Delandre)
UTAS Author:McMullen, JPD (Mr John McMullen)
UTAS Author:Marshall, OJ (Dr Owen Marshall)
ID Code:146163
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-08-24
Last Modified:2022-08-19
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