cGAL, a recently developed temperature-robust bipartite GAL4-UAS system in C. elegans, consists of two components: a cGAL “driver” that expresses the cGAL protein in specific cells using a promoter (i.e. neuron-specific or tissue-specific), and an “effector” that carries a gene of interest downstream of UAS (Wang et al., 2017). Crossing or combining a driver with an effector leads to the expression of the gene of interest in a cell-specific or tissue-specific manner.
Here we report a new cGAL driver for the DVC interneuron. The ceh-63 promoter was chosen due to its restricted expression in the DVC neuron (Feng et al. 2012). The DVC interneuron driver construct containing the ceh-63 promoter (646 bp upstream of ATG translation start site) was injected into N2 and an integrated DVC driver line was generated. When crossed with the UAS-GFP effector strain (PS6843), the ceh-63 cGAL driver dictated GFP expression in the single DVC neuron (Figure 1), in addition to GFP in the coelomocyte from Punc-122::gfp co-injection marker. We did not observe GFP expression in uterus as reported by Feng et al., 2012.
pcGAL0073 (Pceh-63::cGAL) driver plasmid was constructed from pcGAL0013 (Prab-3::cGAL) vector (Wang et al., 2017). 646 bp ceh-64 promoter upstream of isoform a ATG translation start site was obtained through PCR of N2 genomic DNA using NEB Phusion High Fidelity Polymerase with the forward primer 5’ CCCGGCCGGCCGAGACCGAATCAGCACCACC 3’ and the reverse primer 5’ CCCGGCGCGCCGCTAACAACACAATGAGCAAAACAG 3’. FseI and AscI restriction sites were added to the 5’ ends of the primers in order to ligate the ceh-63 promoter PCR product into the vector. Both the vector and the ceh-63 promoter PCR product was digested for 45 min at 37°C with FseI and AscI, and ligated using NEB T4 DNA ligase. The ceh-63 promoter sequence in pcGAL0073 was confirmed by Sanger sequencing (Laragen, CA).
Injection mix: 25 ng/μl of pcGAL0073 was mixed with 30 ng/μl of Punc-122::gfp co-injection marker and 145 ng/μl of 1kb DNA ladder carrier (NEB, MA). The mixture was injected into fifteen N2 animals and a stable extrachromosomal array line was obtained for integration by X-ray irradiation (Evans 2006), generating syIs530.
Florescence imaging: DVC neuron was imaged using Zeiss Imager Z2 under a Zeiss Imager Z2 with an Apotome 2.0 and a 100x oil objective using Zen Blue 2.3.
|PS8129||syIs530 II||Outcrossed three times|
|PS8131||syIs530 II; syIs300 V||Slightly sterile, not outcrossed. DVC driver with GFP effector.|
R21 MH115454/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
Reviewed ByIan Hope
HistoryReceived: December 12, 2018
Accepted: February 26, 2019
Published: March 6, 2019