The systemic RNA interference defective-1 (SID-1) can transport double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) into cytosol across the cytoplasmic membrane. We report here that ectopic expression of Caenorhabditis elegans SID-1 allows BmN4 cells to import extracellular plasmid dsDNA into cells via the direct soaking method. Interestingly, BmN4-SID1 cells incorporate dsRNA and plasmid DNA simultaneously. Furthermore, the ectopic SID-1 allows us to establish a stably transformed cell line by the simple soaking method. Our results provide an alternative method for silkworm gene function analysis with low cost and low cell toxicity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Molecular Biology