Clone your miRNA sequence into the pmR miRNA expression vector's multiple cloning site (MCS) located in the 3'-untranslated region of the fluorescent protein's mRNA transcript. This enables both molecules to be expressed simultaneously from the vector's strong CMV promoter. Each vector is equipped with the high-level CMV promoter, a selectable marker, and a fluorescent protein-miRNA expression cassette containing either mCherry or ZsGreen1—our two brightest Living Colors fluorescent proteins (Figure 1). In short, you can clone and express your favorite miRNA, and then select, sort, and/or visualize the cells in which it is expressed.
Once a miRNA sequence is cloned into the multiple cloning site of these vectors, miRNA expression can be delivered into any transfectable cell line. We used the pmR-ZsGreen1 and pmR-mCherry vectors to express several different miRNAs in 293T cells (Figure 1). The miRNA sequences were amplified from human genomic DNA and then cloned into the vectors. The sequences included the indicated miRNA stem-loop along with ~300 bp of flanking DNA. Following transfection into separate cultures, samples of total RNA were prepared and treated with DNase prior to quantifying the expressed miRNAs using the Mir-X miRNA qRT-PCR TB Green Kit. Both vectors produced similarly high levels of expression for each miRNA, which were elevated to a range of values between 75- and 3000-fold over the vector-only controls.
Our Mir-X miRNA qRT-PCRTB Green Kit has a diverse variety of applications, as it is able to detect and quantify multiple miRNAs, shRNAs, or mRNA targets in a single RNA sample. The complete, dual-function kit includes a fast and simple, one-step protocol for first-strand cDNA synthesis, as well as the reagents needed for the qPCR of your RNA target using TB Green Advantage technology.
The pmR-mCherry and pmR-ZsGreen1 vectors couple your miRNA expression cassette to a bright red or green fluorescent reporter, for miRNA expression you can see and select. From verifiable expression to accurate miRNA analysis, Takara Bio provides the highly effective, state-of-the-art tools you need for investigating any miRNA network.