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N1-Methyladenosine detection with CRISPR-Cas13a/C2c2

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Recent studies suggested that the widespread presence of N1-methyladenosine (m1A) plays a very important role in environmental stress, ribosome biogenesis and antibiotic resistance. The RNA-guided, RNA-targeting CRISPR Cas13a exhibits a “collateral effect” of promiscuous RNase activity upon target recognition with high sensitivity. Inspired by the advantage of CRISPR Cas13a, we designed a system to detect m1A induced mismatch, providing a rapid, simple and fluorescence-based m1A detection. For A-ssRNA, the Cas13a-based molecular detection platform showed a high fluorescence signal. For m1A-ssRNA, there is an about 90% decline of fluorescence. Moreover, this approach can also be used to quantify m1A in RNAs and applied for the analysis of dynamic m1A demethylation of 28S rRNA with AlkB.

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The article was received on 31 Jul 2018, accepted on 10 Jan 2019 and first published on 10 Jan 2019

Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03408G
Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 2975-2979
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    N1-Methyladenosine detection with CRISPR-Cas13a/C2c2

    Y. Chen, S. Yang, S. Peng, W. Li, F. Wu, Q. Yao, F. Wang, X. Weng and X. Zhou, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 2975
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03408G

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