Team:Toulouse-INSA-UPS/Parts

PARTS


Parts Deposited On the Registry


Despite the large amount of parts contructed in our project (see below), we deliberately chose to submit only our validated functional parts to the registry.

See our Basic Part page

Name Function Type State
BBa_K2668010 CERBERUS: binding of biotinylated compounds, binding to cellulose, can covalently bind alkyne decorated molecules basic working
BBa_K2668020 SIRIUS: strong binding to cellulose basic working
BBa_K2668070 BFP-Avi-tag: fluorescence in the blue wavelength, can be biotinylated basic working


Parts used on the project but not deposited on the registry


Scygonadin


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Figure 1: Scygonadin construction

This part results in the fusion of scygonadin, an antimicrobial peptide from the mudcrab Scylla paramamosain, with an Avi-tag, a short peptidic sequence recognized by BirA in order to biotinylate proteins in vivo. It was used to prove the affinity of Cerberus to biotinylated compounds and to check if they keep their biological activity thereafter. Scygonadin was planed to be produced in Pichia pastoris since it is an eukaryotic, microorganism, the production of an antibacterial peptide should not harm it.


mRFP1


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Figure 2: mRFP1 construction

This part was used as a negative control for the affinity of Sirius towards cellulose. Its production was achieved under the exact same conditions as Sirius. The designed part was cloned into pET28 which includes an His-tag and can therefore allow us to purify it using cobalt column. It is always a pleasure to produce red proteins as it is very beautiful!


BirA


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Figure 3: BirA contruction

BirA is the E. coli biotin ligase and has a high affinity for Avi-tag, a short peptidic sequence. It was co-expressed with mTagBFP and scygonadin for in vivo biotinylation. We used the pETDuet-1 for its production in E. coli. We got inspired by this system for the design of a double protein expression plasmid in Pichia pastoris for that we used the pPICZalpha to clone BirA into it and cloned the function to be biotinylated into the pGAPZalpha. Then we cloned the pGAP expression cassette (containing the CDS fused to an Avi-tag, a promoter and a terminator) .


Cerberus Tetrameric


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Figure 4: Cerberus tetrameric construction

Cerberus was initially designed to use the classic tetrameric streptavidin, but we chose to also design a monomeric version using an engineered version. It was a good choice because the tetrameric version did not work...