CRISPR/Cas9-Based Genetic Screening to Study T-Cell Function

  • Wanjing Shang
  • Fei Wang
  • Qi Zhu
  • Liangyu Wang
  • Haopeng WangEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2111)


T-cell-based cancer immunotherapies have emerged as a promising approach for cancer treatment, highlighting the importance of understanding the regulation of T-cell function. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying T-cell activation are not fully understood. The CRISPR/Cas9 system can serve as a robust method to systematically study signaling pathways. In this chapter, we describe details of using the CRISPR screen to identify regulators in TCR signaling, from the sgRNA library construction to genomic DNA sequencing. We also add some notes to further help readers performing the CRISPR screen. This approach can be readily adapted to study the activation of other immune cells, including B cells and dendritic cells.

Key words

gRNA library T-cell activation Lentivirus production and titer Lentiviral transduction Cell sorting Genomic DNA extraction 



The authors thank F. Wang, Z. Lin (ShanghaiTech University), and J. M. Shen (The Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation Private School) for their critical reading of the manuscript. H.W. is funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China Grant 31670919 as well as the 1,000-Youth Elite Program of China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanjing Shang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fei Wang
    • 1
  • Qi Zhu
    • 1
  • Liangyu Wang
    • 1
  • Haopeng Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Life Science and TechnologyShanghaiTech UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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