High efficiency genomic editing in Epstein-Barr virus-transformed lymphoblastoid B cells Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • ABSTRACTWhile lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) represent a valuable resource for population genetic studies, they are usually regarded as difficult for CRISPR-mediated genomic editing. It would be valuable to be able to take the results of their functional variant studies and test them in the same LCLs. We describe a protocol using a single-stranded donor oligonucleotide (ssODN) strategy for scarless editing in LCLs. The protocol involves optimized transfection, flow cytometric sorting of transfected cells to single cells in multi-well plates and growth in conditioned, serum-rich medium, followed by characterization of the clones. Amplicon sequencing reveals the relative proportions of alleles with different editing events, with sequencing of DNA from clones showing the frequencies of events in individual cells. We find 12/60 (20%) of clones selected in this manner to have the desired ssODN-mediated recombination event. Long-range PCR of DNA at the edited locus and of RT-PCR products for the gene traversing the edited locus reveals 3/6 characterized clones (50%) to have large structural mutations of the region that are missed by sequencing just the edited site. The protocol does not require the use of lentiviruses or stable transfection, and makes LCLs a realistic cell type for consideration for CRISPR-mediated genomic targeting.

altmetric score

  • 4.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Johnston, A. D., Simes-Pires, C. A., Suzuki, M., & Greally, J. M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Johnston, Andrew D||Simões-Pires, Claudia A||Suzuki, Masako||Greally, John M

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • July 2018