TALEN-Mediated mutagenesis and genome editing

Alvin C H Ma, Yi Chen, Patrick R. Blackburn, Stephen C Ekker

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Transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) are important genomic tools with customizable DNA-binding motifsfor locus-specific modifications. In particular, TALE nucleases or TALENs have been successfully used in the zebrafish model system to introduce targeted mutations via repair of double-stranded breaks (DSBs) either through nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) or by homology-directed repair (HDR) and homology-independent repair in the presence of a donor template. Compared with other customizable nucleases, TALENs offer high binding specificity and fewer sequence constraints in targeting the genome, with comparable mutagenic activity. Here, we describe a detailed in silico design tool for zebrafish genome editing for TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 custom restriction enzymes using Mojo Hand 2.0 software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)10643745


  • Customized nucleases
  • FusX
  • Genome editing
  • Golden Gate
  • Zebrafish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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    Ma, A. C. H., Chen, Y., Blackburn, P. R., & Ekker, S. C. (2016). TALEN-Mediated mutagenesis and genome editing. In Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 1451, pp. 17-30). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1451). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-3771-4_2