CRISPRlnc: a manually curated database of validated sgRNAs for lncRNAs

Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 Jan 8;47(D1):D63-D68. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky904.


The CRISPR/Cas9 system, as a revolutionary genome editing tool for all areas of molecular biology, provides new opportunities for research on lncRNA's function. However, designing a CRISPR/Cas9 single guide RNA (sgRNA) for lncRNA is not easy with an unwarrantable effectiveness. Thus, it is worthy of collecting validated sgRNAs, to assist in efficiently choosing sgRNA with an expected activity. CRISPRlnc ( or is a manually curated database of validated CRISPR/Cas9 sgRNAs for lncRNAs from all species. After manually reviewing more than 200 published literature, the current version of CRISPRlnc contains 305 lncRNAs and 2102 validated sgRNAs across eight species, including mammalian, insect and plant. We handled the ID, position in the genome, sequence and functional description of these lncRNAs, as well as the sequence, protoacceptor-motif (PAM), CRISPR type and validity of their paired sgRNAs. In CRISPRlnc, we provided the tools for browsing, searching and downloading data, as well as online BLAST service and genome browse server. As the first database against the validated sgRNAs of lncRNAs, CRISPRlnc will provide a new and powerful platform to promote CRISPR/Cas9 applications for future functional studies of lncRNAs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • CRISPR-Cas Systems*
  • Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Gene Editing*
  • RNA, Guide, Kinetoplastida / genetics*
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / genetics*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Software
  • User-Computer Interface


  • RNA, Guide
  • RNA, Long Noncoding