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XB-ART-55969
Dev Cell May 20, 2019; 49 (4): 643-650.e3.

Morpholinos Do Not Elicit an Innate Immune Response during Early Xenopus Embryogenesis.



Abstract
It has recently been reported that a common side effect of translation-blocking morpholino antisense oligonucleotides is the induction of a set of innate immune response genes in Xenopus embryos and that splicing-blocking morpholinos lead to unexpected off-target mis-splicing events. Here, we present an analysis of all publicly available Xenopus RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) data in a reexamination of the effects of translation-blocking morpholinos on the innate immune response. Our analysis does not support the authors'' general conclusion, which was based on a limited number of RNA-seq datasets. Moreover, the strong induction of an immune response appears to be specific to the tbxt/tbxt2 morpholinos. The more comprehensive study presented here indicates that using morpholinos for targeted gene knockdowns remains of considerable value for the rapid identification of gene function.

PubMed ID: 31112700
PMC ID: PMC6599594
Article link: Dev Cell
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Genes referenced: ascl1 c1s c3ar1 c5 cdx1 cdx2 cdx4 crx ctnnb1 exosc9 foxh1 foxn4 gsc lhx1 mov10 otx2 ptafr ptbp1 rab7b rfx2 riok3 ripk2 socs3 tbxt tbxt.2 tcf21 tcf3 tp53 tp53inp1 tra2b wnt8a
GO keywords: innate immune response
Morpholinos: ascl1 MO3 ascl1 MO4 cdx1 MO2 cdx2 MO1 cdx4 MO1 crx MO1 ctnnb1 MO1 exosc9 MO1 foxh1 MO2 foxn4 MO1 gsc MO1 lhx1 MO2 mov10 MO1 mov10 MO2 otx2 MO1 ptbp1 MO1 rfx2 MO1 tbxt MO2 tbxt MO3 tbxt.2 MO3 tbxt.2 MO4 tcf21 MO3 tcf21 MO4 tcf3 MO1 tra2b MO2 wnt8a MO5


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