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Marinov, G., Samuel H. Kim, S. Bagdatli, Alexandro E. Trevino, Josh Tycko, Tong Wu, Lacramioara Bintu, et al. “Direct Profiling of Genome-Wide dCas9 and Cas9 Specificity Using SsDNA Mapping (CasKAS).” bioRxiv (2021).
Marinov, G., et al. “Direct Profiling of Genome-Wide dCas9 and Cas9 Specificity Using SsDNA Mapping (CasKAS).” BioRxiv, 2021.
Detecting and mitigating off-target activity is critical to the practical application of CRISPR-mediated genome and epigenome editing. While numerous methods have been developed to map Cas9 binding specificity genome-wide, they are generally time-consuming and/or expensive, and not applicable to catalytically dead CRISPR enzymes. We have developed a rapid, inexpensive, and facile assay for identifying off-target CRISPR enzyme binding and cleavage by chemically mapping the unwound single-stranded DNA structures formed upon binding of a sgRNA-loaded Cas9 protein (“CasKAS”). We demonstrate this method in both in vitro and in vivo contexts.