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Fall 2013, 11/11/13

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  1. (year) Title. Author One, Author Two, and Author Three et al. Journal. Volume:pages. Link.
    Summary: Very short explanation of why this paper is relevant/ interesting.

  2. (2011) Engineering a Photoactivated Caspase-7 for Rapid Induction of Apoptosis. Evan Mills, Xi Chen, Elizabeth Pham, Stanley Wong, and Kevin Truong et al. ACS Synthetic Biology, 1.3:75-82. Link.
    Summary: A group from University of Toronto developed a protein that causes rapid apotosis (cell death) of targeted cells.

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ACS Synthetic Biology


Frontiers in Microbiotechnology

Journal of Biological Engineering

  1. (2013) Hidden hysteresis – population dynamics can obscure gene network dynamics. Phillip Poisson and Kaustubh D Bhalerao Journal of Biological Engineering . 7:16. Link.
    Summary: They use a bistable gene network in E-coli to show that the cells concentration will affect the hysteresis and change the steady state level of gene expression. Higher cell concentration show higher hysteresis due to positive feedback loop effects. This research shows that cell concentration should be considered in designing the synthetic gene circuit for long term application.

  2. (2013) A survey of enabling technologies in synthetic biology. Linda J Kahl and Drew Endy Journal of Biological Engineering . 7:13. Link.
    Summary: This is a survey that they did between synthetic biology researchers to find out their opinions and experiences with available technologies such as public and private registries of biological parts, standard methods for physical assembly of DNA constructs, genomic databases that they've used to move forward they researches. This survey try to show the real potential of these technologies and their actual impacts on synthetic biology researches.

  3. (2013) A standard vector for the chromosomal integration and characterization of BioBrick™ parts in Escherichia coli . Susanna Zucca12, Lorenzo Pasotti and et al. Journal of Biological Engineering . 7:12. Link.
    Summary: In this research they designed an integrative vector which has the BioBricks standard restriction sites and be able to integrate the designed part to the target site in E-coli genome with bacteriophage integration mechanism or homologous recombination.

Journal of Cell Biology

  1. (2013) Whole-genome screening identifies proteins localized to distinct nuclear bodies. Ka-wing Fong, Yujing Li, Wenqi Wang et al. Journal of Cell Biology. 203 (1): 149. Link.
    Summary: Fong et al. performed a genome-wide microscopy-based screening for proteins that form nuclear foci and characterized their localizations using markers of known nuclear bodies. In total, they identified 325 proteins localized to distinct nuclear bodies, including Polycomb Repressive Complex(PRC1 & PRC2)

  1. (2013) The histone demethylase LSD1/KDM1A promotes the DNA damage response. Nima Mosammaparast1, Haeyoung Kim, Benoit Laurent et al. Journal of Cell Biology. 203 (3): 457. Link.
    Summary: They report a role for the histone demethylase LSD1/KDM1A in the DNA damage response (DDR). They show that LSD1 is recruited directly to sites of DNA damage.

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Molecular and Cellular Biology

  1. (2013) Expression of Polycomb Targets Predicts Breast Cancer Prognosis. Alba Jene-Sanz, Renáta Váraljai, Alexandra V. Vilkova, et. al.. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 33:3951-3961. Link.
    Mix of analysis of human tissue samples, publicly available ChIP-seq and microarray data, and cell culture experiments to understand how EZH2 expression, a protein subunit of PRC2, can modify cancer cell behavior and predict patient outcomes. They conclude high expression of EZH2 predicts aggressive phenotype, high expression of PRC2 predicts better patient outcome, low expression of PRC2 predicts metastasis..

  2. (2013) Variable requirements for DNA-binding proteins at polycomb-dependent repressive regions in human HOX clusters. Woo CJ, Kharchenko PV, Daheron L, et. al. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 33:3274-3285. Link.
    Found new target sites from HOXB and HOXC that recruit PcG by using a reporter construct. Experiments done in mesenchymal stem cells. Discovered two DNA-binding proteins, JARID2 and YY1, possibly regulate PcG.


Nature Biotechnology

  1. (2010) Epigenetic modifications in pluripotent and differentiated cells. Alexander Meissner. Nature Biotechnology. 28.10: 1079-1088. Link
    Review article that summarizes the major methods of epigenetic modification and their use in manipulating cell states.

Nature Methods

Nature Molecular Systems Biology

  1. (2011) Engineering microbes to sense and eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a human pathogen. Nazanin Saeidi, Choon Kit Wong, Tat-Ming Lo, et al. Nature Molecular Systems Biology. 7.521:1-11 Link
    A group from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore developed engineered E.coli that sense 3OC-12 HSL from P. aeruginosa and express pyocin toxin. Reduced viable P. aeruginosa cells by 99% and inhibited biofilm formation by 90%.

Public Library of Science Biology (PLoS Biology)

  1. (2013) Chromatin Sampling—An Emerging Perspective on Targeting Polycomb Repressor Proteins. PLoS Genetics 9:8: 1-8. Link

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

  1. (2013) Library of synthetic transcriptional AND gates built with split T7 RNA polymerase mutants. David Shis and Matthew Bennett. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110: 13: 5028-5033. Link


Miscellaneous Reviews and Media

2013 iGEM World Championship - Projects of Interest

  1. (2013) COLISWEEPER: The world's first bacterial minesweeper game. ETH Zurich iGEM Team. iGEM World Championship. Link.
    Summary: Biological version of the Minesweeper game. Bacterial spot-cultures (spaced on a grid on agar) represented either mines or number clues (via expression of some combination of colorimetric enzymes). Quorum sensing (Lux) was used to enable the number clue spots to create a certain color depending upon their positioning near one, two, or more mines. Their data included a nice demonstration of AHL-concentration-dependent gene induction.

  2. (2013) E. teamwork: Engineering a synthetic microbial consortium. Braunschweig iGEM Team. iGEM World Championship. Link.
    Summary: Quroum sensing (Las and Rhl) was used to cross-induce ampicillin resistance in cells so that the survival of each relied on eachother. Cell types were "tagged" with pigment expression (blue and pink) in order to quantify the proportion of each in co-culture. The team reported a third strain (labeled yellow) but I only saw data for a two-strain blue/ pink co-culture on their poster.