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Ability of the hydrophobic FGF and basic TAT peptides to promote cellular uptake of recombinant Cre recombinase: a tool for efficient genetic engineering of mammalian genomes.

Conditional mutagenesis is a powerful tool to analyze gene functions in mammalian cells. The site-specific recombinase Cre can be used to recombine loxP-modified alleles under temporal and spatial control. However, the efficient delivery of biologically active Cre recombinase to living cells represents a limiting factor. In this study we compared the potential of a hydrophobic peptide modified from Kaposi fibroblast growth factor with a basic peptide derived from HIV-TAT to promote cellular uptake of recombinant Cre. We present the production and characterization of a Cre protein that enters mammalian cells and subsequently performs recombination with high efficiency in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. Histidine-tagged Cre recombinase transduced inefficiently unless fused to a nuclear localization signal (NLS). Fusion of NLS-Cre to the fibroblast growth factor transduction peptide did not improve the transducibility, whereas fusion with the TAT peptide significantly enhanced cellular uptake and subsequent recombination. More than 95% recombination efficiency in fibroblast cells, as well as murine embryonic stem cells, was achieved after His-TAT-NLS-Cre transduction. Efficient recombination could also be obtained in primary splenocytes ex vivo. We expect that application of His-TAT-NLS-Cre, which can be produced readily in large quantities from a bacterial source, will expand our abilities to manipulate mammalian genomes.[1]


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