Selecting siRNA Sequences to Incorporate into the pSilencer Vectors
Constructing four siRNA expression plasmids for each target can be time-consuming and expensive. In vitro transcription provides a less formidable siRNA screening method. To ensure that siRNAs expressed from plasmids are functionally equivalent to siRNAs prepared by in vitro transcription, we prepared plasmids and siRNAs targeting four different sequences in the cyclophilin and GAPDH genes. These nucleic acids were transfected into HeLa cells. Silencing was evaluated by Northern analysis using probes specific to GAPDH, cyclophilin, and 28S rRNA. The hybridization signal from the various targets was quantitated by phosphorimager. The susceptibility of siRNA target sites to siRNA-mediated gene silencing appears to be comparable for both in vitro prepared siRNAs and RNA Pol III-expressed siRNAs. This is also true for chemically synthesized siRNAs versus RNA Pol III-expressed siRNAs. Therefore, it is not necessary to re-screen genes for which functional siRNAs have already been identified.