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Title: Engineering the Bacterial Microcompartment Domain for Molecular Scaffolding Applications

Abstract

As synthetic biology advances the intricacy of engineered biological systems, the importance of spatial organization within the cellular environment must not be marginalized. Increasingly, biological engineers are investigating means to control spatial organization within the cell, mimicking strategies used by natural pathways to increase flux and reduce cross-talk. A modular platform for constructing a diverse set of defined, programmable architectures would greatly assist in improving yields from introduced metabolic pathways and increasing insulation of other heterologous systems. Here, we review recent research on the shell proteins of bacterial microcompartments and discuss their potential application as “building blocks” for a range of customized intracellular scaffolds. As a result, we summarize the state of knowledge on the self-assembly of BMC shell proteins and discuss future avenues of research that will be important to realize the potential of BMC shell proteins as predictively assembling and programmable biological materials for bioengineering.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1399948
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Frontiers in Microbiology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1664-302X
Publisher:
Frontiers Research Foundation
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; scaffold; synthetic biology; bacterial microcompartment; shell proteins; BMC; spatial organization; metabolic engineering; self-assembly

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. Engineering the Bacterial Microcompartment Domain for Molecular Scaffolding Applications. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01441.
. Engineering the Bacterial Microcompartment Domain for Molecular Scaffolding Applications. United States. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01441.
. Mon . "Engineering the Bacterial Microcompartment Domain for Molecular Scaffolding Applications". United States. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01441. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1399948.
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