CRISPR links to long noncoding RNA function in mice: A practical approach

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Next generation sequencing has uncovered a trove of short noncoding RNAs (e.g., microRNAs) and long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) that act as molecular rheostats in the control of diverse homeostatic processes. Meanwhile, the tsunamic emergence of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) editing has transformed our influence over all DNA-carrying entities, heralding global CRISPRization. This is evident in biomedical research where the ease and low-cost of CRISPR editing has made it the preferred method of manipulating the mouse genome, facilitating rapid discovery of genome function in an in vivo context. Here, CRISPR genome editing components are updated for elucidating lncRNA function in mice. Various strategies are highlighted for understanding the function of lncRNAs residing in intergenic sequence space, as host genes that harbor microRNAs or other genes, and as natural antisense, overlapping or intronic genes. Also discussed is CRISPR editing of mice carrying human lncRNAs as well as the editing of competing endogenous RNAs. The information described herein should assist labs in the rigorous design of experiments that interrogate lncRNA function in mice where complex disease processes can be modeled thus accelerating translational discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalVascular Pharmacology
StatePublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Genetics
  • Genome editing
  • Long noncoding RNA
  • Mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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