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Registry use workshop videos

The following website contains really good videos that teach how to efficiently use registry. It could be useful to explore these videos before starting the extensive search for coding sequences. It provides answers to:

  • 4 searches to choos from - which one should I use?
  • how to add parts to registry?
  • what are the requirements of judging parts?
  • what are the safety concerns?

Chassis Options

Ideally, we would use B. subtilis because it is a well characterised gram positive bacterium that does quorum sensing using small peptides as autoinducers. These small peptides could be produced as a result of cleavage of a membrane-anchored protein by a protease from the parasite which we want to detect.

However, there are issues regarding the extracellular proteases produced by gram positive bacteria. These could interfere with the system and could result in false positives or degrade the protease detection peptide. There are protease deficient strains available that may bypass some of these problems.

Protease detector peptides (small linear quourum sensing peptide attached to protease recognition sequence) may also get trapped between the cell wall and cell membraine. To avoid this we looked into mechanisms of transport and attachment of these peptides to the ouside of cell wall. An alternative is to secrete detector peptides into the medium as B.subtilis is very good at secreting proteins.

Another option is to attach the small protease detector peptides on to pili (fimbriae) that are normally presented on the bacterial cell. This has been done routinely on E.coli fimbriae at non-conserved regions and outer membrane proteins to present various antigens [[1]]. There is also a good review of a variety of export patways that have been used [[2]] in gram negative bacteria. There is a lot work done on gram positive bacteria, although there is a detailed and very accessible review [[3]] of current understanding of G+ve cell surface.

Surpulus information on B. Subtilis chassis Subti-Wiki

E.coli was also considered as a possible option. Despite the G-ve outer membraine, there are strains that have been made more permeable through knockout of Lipid A biosynthesis in lipolysaccharides (lpxA,lpxD [[4]]). There are also proteins that can disrupt membraraines when they are inserted in them, thus making them more permeable. These chages in permeability are likely due to transient ruptures of outer membraine and so unlikely to make a very responsive or robust detecton organism [[5]].



AIP fusion protein

LytC is a candidate cell wall protein that we could attach the CSP to. The LytC sequence can be found in this Image:LytC sequences.docx.

Amino acid sequence:

Met R S Y I K V L T Met C F L G L I L F V P T A L A D N S V K R V G G S N R Y G T A V Q I S K Q Met Y S T A S T A V I V G G S S Y A D A I S A A P L A Y Q K N A P L L Y T N S D K L S Y E T K T R L K E Met Q T K N V I I V G G T P A V S S N T A N Q I K S L G I S I K R I A G S N R Y D T A A R V A K A Met G A T S K A V I L N G F L Y A D A P A V I P Y A A K N G Y P I L F T N K T S I N S A T T S V I K D K G I S S T V V V G G T G S I S N T V Y N K L P S P T R I S G S N R Y E L A A N I V Q K L N L S T S T V Y V S N G F S Y P D S I A G A T L A A K K K Q S L I L T N G E N L S T G A R K I I G S K N Met S N F Met I I G N T P A V S T K V A N Q L K N P V V S R G S R A S W P L E Met R L S K F F R D F I L Q R K K H H H H H H Stop Stop

ComCDE signaling

ComC accession no AAC44895.1, ComD accession no AAC44896.1, ComE accession no AAC44897

The Com operon sequence can be found in this Image:Com operon.doc. The individual ComC, ComD and ComE genes, including their flanking sequences can be found in this Image:Com operon d and e sequences with scars etc.doc. More information about the amino acid sequences, including the protein sizes can be found in this Image:ComE and comD proteins.doc.

ComE binding site

ComE binding sites in the promoters of the comCDE and comAB operons:


This was the consensus sequence from the paper which talks about how BlpR and ComE upregulate transcription of an ABC transporter. It says; "The target site of ComE consists of two 9-bp imperfect direct repeats separated by a stretch of 12 nucleotides (34). The consensus sequence of the 9-bp direct repeat is 5-(AGT)CA(GCT)TT(GT)(AG)G-3, where the underlined positions are conserved."

The ComE binding sequence we will use is taken from the ComCDE operon, and is taken from Ween et al: acactttgggagaaaaaaatgacagttgagagaaattttatctaaaaacgaaattccattttgtatataatggtttttgtaagttagcttacaagaaaaaacatt

Or a smaller ComE binding site is: atccaaaagtgcagttgggagggagataggctcatttgggaaggaagtccagttttgttagtgattggggtaagatagttgttat

Halfman et al used the promoters (including the ComE binding site) for ComCDE and ComAB to bring about transcription of B-galactosidase. Also, they used the Pveg promoter from B. subtilis in S. pneumoniae, so there is reason to believe that a promoter from S. pneumoniae will work in B. subtilis.

We will use the PComC promoter, which has the following sequence:


They took out the inverted repeats at the 3' end, and instead added a BamHI site. Martin et al established that instead of a basal level of transcription of genes controlled by ComE binding, there was just read-through from other genes. This means that because we are taking the promoter out of context, the basal level of transcription is unlikely to occur.


LacI consensus binding sites [[6]]

20 bp symmetric Lac Operator (Osym) AATTGTGAGC GCTCACAATT

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