High-throughput construction of gene deletion cassettes for generation of Neurospora crassa knockout strains

Methods Mol Biol. 2010;638:33-40. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-611-5_3.


The availability of complete genome sequences for a number of biologically important fungi has become an important resource for fungal research communities. However, the functions of many open reading frames (ORFs) identified through annotation of whole genome sequences have yet to be determined. The disruption of ORFs is a practical method for loss-of-function gene analyses in fungi that are amenable to transformation. Unfortunately, the construction of knockout cassettes using traditional digestion and ligation techniques can be difficult to implement in a high-throughput fashion. Knockout cassettes for all annotated ORFs in Neurospora crassa were constructed using yeast recombinational cloning. Here, we describe a high-throughput knockout cassette construction method that can be used with any fungal transformation system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Fungal / genetics*
  • Electroporation / methods*
  • Gene Deletion*
  • Genome, Fungal*
  • Neurospora crassa / genetics*
  • Open Reading Frames / genetics*
  • Transformation, Genetic*


  • DNA, Fungal