Combinatorial gene targeting in primary human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells

Alexandra Bäckström, David Yudovich, Kristijonas Žemaitis, Ludvig Nilsén Falck, Agatheeswaran Subramaniam, Jonas Larsson

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The CRISPR/Cas9 system offers enormous versatility for functional genomics but many applications have proven to be challenging in primary human cells compared to cell lines or mouse cells. Here, to establish a paradigm for multiplexed gene editing in primary human cord blood-derived hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), we used co-delivery of lentiviral sgRNA vectors expressing either Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein (EGFP) or Kusabira Orange (KuO), together with Cas9 mRNA, to simultaneously edit two genetic loci. The fluorescent markers allow for tracking of either single- or double-edited cells, and we could achieve robust double knockout of the cell surface molecules CD45 and CD44 with an efficiency of ~ 70%. As a functional proof of concept, we demonstrate that this system can be used to model gene dependencies for cell survival, by simultaneously targeting the cohesin genes STAG1 and STAG2. Moreover, we show combinatorial effects with potential synergy for HSPC expansion by targeting the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AHR) in conjunction with members of the CoREST complex. Taken together, our traceable multiplexed CRISPR/Cas9 system enables studies of genetic dependencies and cooperation in primary HSPCs, and has important implications for modelling polygenic diseases, as well as investigation of the underlying mechanisms of gene interactions.

TidskriftScientific Reports
StatusPublished - 2022 dec.

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Cell- och molekylärbiologi


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