TRC Lentiviral shRNA

Simple hairpin shRNAs in the pLKO.1 lentiviral vector designed by The RNAi Consortium (TRC)

The RNAi Consortium, or TRC, is a public-private effort based at the Broad whose mission is to create a shRNA library to enable the scientific community to use RNAi to determine the function of human and mouse genes.

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Human pLKO.1 lentiviral shRNA target gene set
RHS4533 glycerol set - $340.00select
TRC Mouse Lentiviral shRNA Target Gene Set
RMM4534 glycerol set - $340.00select
TRC Lentiviral Human shRNA Individual
RHS3979 glycerol stock - $208.00select
TRC Lentiviral Mouse shRNA Individual (glycerol stock)
RMM3981 glycerol stock - $208.00select

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 partnered with the TRC to make the shRNA libraries available to researchers worldwide. The libraries, targeting human and mouse annotated genes, contain shRNA constructs designed to include a hairpin of 21 base pair sense and antisense stem, and a 6 basepair loop.

Each hairpin sequence was cloned into the lentiviral vector (pLKO.1) and sequence verified. Multiple constructs (4 to 5) were created per gene to ensure adequate coverage of the 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. 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.


  • Rules-based shRNA design for efficient gene knockdown
  • Already cloned into lentiviral vectors
  • Amenable to in vitro and in vivo applications, such as the creation of stable knockdowns
  • Lentiviral vector enables transduction of primary and non-dividing cell lines
  • Broad coverage: 4 to 5 constructs per gene
  • Further information is available at

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).

Shipping ConditionDry Ice,Frozen Gel Packs
Stability at Recommended Storage ConditionsAt least 12 months
Storage Condition-80 C
The TRC lentiviral shRNA libraries are provided in 96-well microtiter plates containing frozen stock cultures of E. coli in 2XLB broth with 8% glycerol and carbenicillin (100 µg/mL). We check all cultures for growth prior to shipment. Individual shRNA constructs are shipped as glycerol stock cultures on wet ice.
TRC pLKO.1 lentiviral vector

TRC pLKO.1 lentiviral vector

TRC pLKO.1 lentiviral vector

Gene silencing with TRC lentiviral shRNA

Gene silencing with TRC lentiviral shRNA

Gene silencing with TRC lentiviral shRNA


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