2017 Volume 92 Issue 6 Pages 277-285
The development of transgenesis systems in non-model organisms provides a powerful tool for molecular analysis and contributes to the understanding of phenomena that are not observed in model organisms. Drosophila prolongata is a fruit fly that has unique morphology and behavior not found in other Drosophila species including D. melanogaster. In this study, we developed a phiC31 integrase-mediated transgenesis system for D. prolongata. First, using piggyBac-mediated transgenesis, 37 homozygous attP strains were established. These strains were further transformed with the nosP-Cas9 vector, which was originally designed for phiC31-mediated transgenesis in D. melanogaster. The transformation rate varied from 0% to 3.4%. Nine strains with a high transformation rate of above 2.0% were established, which will serve as host strains in future transformation experiments in D. prolongata. Our results demonstrate that genetic tools developed for D. melanogaster are applicable to D. prolongata with minimal modifications.