Hiroaki Mon, Zhiqing Li, Isao Kobayashi, Shuichiro Tomita, JaeMan Lee, Hideki Sezutsu, Toshiki Tamura, Takahiro Kusakabe
Journal of Insect Science 13 (155), 1-7, (1 December 2013) https://doi.org/10.1673/031.013.15501
KEYWORDS: RNAi, SID-1, dsRNA, silkworm
RNA interference (RNAi) is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism for sequence-specific gene silencing. Previously, the BmN4-SID1 cell expressing Caenorhabditis ele gans SID-1 was established, in which soaking RNAi could induce effective gene silencing. To establish its utility, 6 cell cycle progression related cDNAs, CDK1, MYC, MYB, RNRS, CDT1, and GEMININ, were isolated from the silkworm, Bombyx mori L. (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae), and their expressions were further silenced by soaking RNAi in the BmN4-SID1 cells. The cell cycle progression analysis using flow cytometer demonstrated that the small amount of double stranded RNA was enough to arrest cell cycle progression at the specific cell phases. These data suggest that RNAi in the BmN4-SID1 cells can be used as a powerful tool for loss-of-function analysis of B. mori genes.