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Title: Modular synthetic inverters from zinc finger proteins and small RNAs

Synthetic zinc finger proteins (ZFPs) can be created to target promoter DNA sequences, repressing transcription. The binding of small RNA (sRNA) to ZFP mRNA creates an ultrasensitive response to generate higher effective Hill coefficients. Here we combined three “off the shelf” ZFPs and three sRNAs to create new modular inverters in E. coli and quantify their behavior using induction fold. We found a general ordering of the effects of the ZFPs and sRNAs on induction fold that mostly held true when combining these parts. We then attempted to construct a ring oscillator using our new inverters. In conclusion, our chosen parts performed insufficiently to create oscillations, but we include future directions for improvement upon our work presented here.
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  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Joint BioEnergy Inst. (JBEI), Emeryville, CA (United States)
  3. Joint BioEnergy Inst. (JBEI), Emeryville, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, IL (United States)
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Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231; FA9550-14-1-0089
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Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-6203
Public Library of Science
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES plasmid construction; messenger RNA; DNA-binding proteins; DNA transcription; cloning; repeated sequences; zinc finger domain; synthetic gene oscillators
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OSTI ID: 1256959