Generation of Stable Drosophila Ovarian Somatic Cell Lines Using the piggyBac System

Chikara Takeuchi, Kensaku Murano, Mitsuru Ishikawa, Hideyuki Okano, Yuka W. Iwasaki

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Transposable elements (TEs) constitute a large proportion of the genome in multiple organisms. Therefore, anti-transposable element machineries are essential to maintain genomic integrity. PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are a major force to repress TEs in Drosophila ovaries. Ovarian somatic cells (OSC), in which nuclear piRNA regulation is functional, have been used for research on piRNA pathway as a cell culture system to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the piRNA pathway. Analysis of piRNA pathway using a reporter system to monitor the gene regulation or overexpression of specific genes would be a powerful approach. Here, we present the technical protocol to establish stable cell lines using the piggyBac system, adopted for OSCs. This easy, consistent, and timesaving protocol may accelerate research on the piRNA pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Ovarian somatic cell
  • PIWI
  • Stable line
  • piRNA pathway
  • piggyBac

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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