Numerous tools for gene expression knockdown have been developed and characterized in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae and extended to facilitate studies in multicellular models. To comparatively evaluate the efficacy of these approaches, we systematically applied seven such published constitutive and inducible knockdown strategies to a panel of essential genes encoding nuclear-localized proteins. In this effort, we created the CEAS (C-SWAT for Essential Allele Strains) collection, a suite of tagging vectors for improved utility and ease of strain construction. Of particular note, we adapted an improved auxin inducible degron (AID) protein degradation strategy previously available only in mammalian tissue culture for one-step strain construction in budding yeast by leveraging both the C-SWAT system and CRISPR/Cas9 editing. Taken together, this work presents a toolbox for endogenous gene expression knockdown and allows us to make recommendations on the efficacy and applicability of these tools for the perturbation of essential genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-633
Number of pages10
JournalACS synthetic biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2023


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