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Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Dec 1;42(21):13440-51. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku1082. Epub 2014 Nov 5.

A platform for rapid prototyping of synthetic gene networks in mammalian cells.

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1
INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, Rocquencourt, France Synthetic Biology Center, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA Cellectis Therapeutics, Paris, France xavier.duportet@phagex.com.
2
Synthetic Biology Center, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
3
Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France.
4
INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, Rocquencourt, France Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France.
5
INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, Rocquencourt, France gregory.batt@inria.fr.
6
Synthetic Biology Center, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA rweiss@mit.edu.

Abstract

Mammalian synthetic biology may provide novel therapeutic strategies, help decipher new paths for drug discovery and facilitate synthesis of valuable molecules. Yet, our capacity to genetically program cells is currently hampered by the lack of efficient approaches to streamline the design, construction and screening of synthetic gene networks. To address this problem, here we present a framework for modular and combinatorial assembly of functional (multi)gene expression vectors and their efficient and specific targeted integration into a well-defined chromosomal context in mammalian cells. We demonstrate the potential of this framework by assembling and integrating different functional mammalian regulatory networks including the largest gene circuit built and chromosomally integrated to date (6 transcription units, 27kb) encoding an inducible memory device. Using a library of 18 different circuits as a proof of concept, we also demonstrate that our method enables one-pot/single-flask chromosomal integration and screening of circuit libraries. This rapid and powerful prototyping platform is well suited for comparative studies of genetic regulatory elements, genes and multi-gene circuits as well as facile development of libraries of isogenic engineered cell lines.

PMID:
25378321
PMCID:
PMC4245948
DOI:
10.1093/nar/gku1082
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