Our goal is to engineer a common yogurt bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, so that it will express the 20aa peptide p1025. A clinical study (Kelly CG et al.; Nature Biotechnol. 1999) reports that p1025 is good for your teeth. p1025 reduces oral colonization of Streptococcus mutans, a tooth-decaying bacterium.
Stage 1: Construction of p1025 fusion peptide and expression of gene in E. coli. This is an intermediate step to evaluate gene function and protein secretion/efficacy.
Stage 2: Binding Assay - see if the p1025 produced by E.coli inhibits binding of S. mutants to hydroxyapatite (HA) beads.
Stage 3: Expression of p1025 in Lactobacillus.
Stage 4: Make yogurt with modified Lactobacillus and test for inhibition of S. mutants binding.
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