The RNAi consortium (TRC) is a collaborative effort based at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and includes six MIT and Harvard associated research institutions and five international life sciences organizations. We have partnered with the TRC to make shRNA libraries available to researchers worldwide and has compiled shRNA libraries for applications, such as screening.
The pLKO.1 reagents can be packaged into virus particles for use in transduction experiments. Specifically, the replication-incompetent viral particles can be efficiently produced using lentiviral packaging plasmids co-transfected in 293T packaging cells. The Trans-Lentiviral Packaging System, which offers maximum biosafety and high titers, is recommended.
Libraries available for applications, such as high throughput screening
Cloned into lentiviral vectors
Amenable to in vitro and in vivo applications, such as the creation of knockdown cell lines
Lentiviral vector enables transduction of primary and non-dividing cells
Further information is available at http://www.broad.mit.edu/genome_bio/trc/rnai.html
Human TRC gene families and pathways
Gene Ontology (GO) annotated collections targeting all genes in a particular gene family or biological pathway have been created from the human TRC lentiviral shRNA library. These arrayed sets contain all shRNA from the human TRC lentiviral shRNA library that target genes falling under specific GO terms. These collections will greatly simplify pathway analysis, target identification, and validation.
Available Gene family and pathway sets
GO annotations are applied to genes by curators within the Gene Ontology Consortium and do not originate from us. Consult the Gene Ontology website for details.
TRC shRNA library details
shRNA design and cloning:
The TRC shRNA constructs were designed using an siRNA rules based algorithm consisting of sequence, specificity, and position scoring for optimal hairpins. The hairpin consists of a 21-base stem and a 6-base loop. The hairpins were cloned into the pLKO1 vector and sequence verified.
Multiple (4 to 5) constructs were created for each target gene. The pLKO1 lentiviral vector enables efficient transduction of primary and non-dividing cells, such as neuronal cells, making it easy to perform RNAi studies in these hard to transfect cell lines. Stable selection is also possible using the puromycin selectable marker.
Replication-incompetent viral particles can be efficiently produced using lentiviral packaging plasmids co-transfected in 293T packaging cells. The Trans-Lentiviral packaging system, which offers maximum biosafety and high titers, is recommended.
Available controls include the pLKO.1 empty vector as a negative control and an eGFP shRNA as a positive control.
Citing the library in Scientific Publications
In scientific publications, the libraries should be referred to as TRC-Hs1.0 (Human) and TRC-Mm1.0 (Mouse). Individual clones are uniquely identified by their TRC ID number (eg. TRCN0000014783).