Cas9 from Staphylococcus aureus, mouse monoclonal, Cat#MCA-6F7

Cas9 from Staphylococcus aureus, mouse monoclonal, Cat#MCA-6F7

Transfected HEK293 cells with GFP-Cas9-SA fusion protein were stained with MCA-6F7 antibody. GFP is expressed in the transfected cells (green). GFP-Cas9 fusion protein is stained with MCA-6F7 antibody at 1:1,000 dilution (red). Only transfected cells are reactive with MCA-6F7 antibody, which appear in a yellow-orange color (merge). Nuclei are visualized in blue with Hoechst staining.

Western blot analysis of MCA-6F7
1: HEK293 cells which overexpressed fusion protein containing GFP and c-terminus of Cas9 from S. aureus.
2: Non-transfected HEK293 cells.
There is a strong clean band at about  53 kDa  corresponding to GFP-Cas9 fusion protein, which is absent in non-transfected cells. MCA-6F7 antibody is diluted at 1: 1,000 dilution

Product name Anti-Staphylococcus aureus Cas9
Description Mouse Monoclonal to the C-terminal region of Cas9 from Staphylococcus aureus
Reference Code MCA-6F7
HGNC name NA, no human homolog
RRID# AB_2572247
Molecular weight 124kDa
Immunogen C-terminal region of S. aureus, amino acids 803-1053 of sequence CCK74173, expressed in and purified from E. coli.
Isotype IgG1
Concentration Antibody is supplied at 1 mg/mL of affinity purified antibody in 50% glycerol.
Applications Western blot, ICC/IF,
Suggestions for use Western blot:1: 1,000 . ICC/IF: 1:1,000-1:5,000.
Storage instructions Shipped on ice. Store at 4°C. For long term storage, leave frozen at -20°C. Avoid freeze / thaw cycles.

A recent revolution is biology has been stimulated by the discovery of CRISPR, or “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats” and the understanding of their significance. These repeated sequences are found in bacterial genomes and function as part of unique bacterial immune system. Interspaced between these repeated DNA sequences are short DNA sequences derived from viruses which have infected the bacteria. These virally derived sequences can make short RNA sequences which can hybridize with specific viral DNA and target a nuclease, such as Cas9, to the viral sequence. So, if the bacteria is infected by this virus again, Cas9 can be directed to cleave the specific viral sequence and so inactivate the virus. By careful design of the RNA sequence the system can be used to specifically cut DNA virtually anywhere, including in living human and other mammalian cells. This allows inexpensive gene editing with unprecedented ease, and much effort is going into refining the Cas9 for use in mammalian systems. Recent papers in this exploding field showed that it is feasible to correct genetic defects in a variety of experimental situations. For example three groups of researchers essentially cured the disease state in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease in which point mutations or frame shifts result in the production of a truncated and non-functional form of very large muscle protein dystrophin (1). This was performed using AAV vectors on adult animals, using RNA sequences which directed cleavage of the DNA at two sites flanking the genetic defect. The normal DNA repair mechanisms in some cases annealed the two cut sites leaving out the defective region. This allowed the production of a slightly shorter but still functional dystrophin protein. Several varieties of Cas9 have been studied and there appear to be several other related enzymes with similar properties in bacteria. Much of the early work was performed with Cas9 from Streptococcus pyogenes. The S. pyogenes protein is rather large at 1,368 amino acids, ~158kDa, so the corresponding DNA is also rather large at about 4.2 kb. This will not fit easily into some expression systems especially since DNA encoding RNA sequences and possibly other regulatory elements are usually required. In one recent study, Ran et al. (2), a group in the Broad Institute, searched for the smallest possible Cas9 across known bacterial genomes and found that the version expressed in Staphylococcus aureus was significantly smaller, at about 3 kb, producing a protein of 124kDa (2). Our antibody is a monoclonal raised against the C-terminal 251 amino acids of of the Staphylococcus aureus protein and binds this protein transfected into cells on western blots and in immunocytochemistry. The homologous region of the Streptococcus pyogenes is not closely related in amino acid sequence and, as expected, this antibody does not recognize that protein.


1. Nelson CE, Hakim CH, Ousterout DG, Thakore PI, Moreb EA, Castellanos Rivera RM, Madhavan S, Pan X, Ran FA, Yan WX, Asokan A, Zhang F, Duan D, Gersbach CA. In vivo genome editing improves muscle function in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Science. 2016 Jan 22;351(6271):403-7.

2. Ran FA, Cong L, Yan WX, Scott DA, Gootenberg JS, Kriz AJ, Zetsche B, Shalem O, Wu X, Makarova KS, Koonin EV, Sharp PA, Zhang F. In vivo genome editing using Staphylococcus aureus Cas9. Nature 520:186-91 (2015).

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