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Predictive design of sigma factor-specific promoters

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To engineer synthetic gene circuits, molecular building blocks are developed which can modulate gene expression without interference, mutually or with the host's cell machinery. As the complexity of gene circuits increases, automated design tools and tailored building blocks to ensure perfect tuning of all components in the network are required. Despite the efforts to develop prediction tools that allow forward engineering of promoter transcription initiation frequency (TIF), such a tool is still lacking. Here, we use promoter libraries of E. coli sigma factor 70 (sigma (70))- and B. subtilis sigma (B)-, sigma (F)- and sigma (W)-dependent promoters to construct prediction models, capable of both predicting promoter TIF and orthogonality of the sigma -specific promoters. This is achieved by training a convolutional neural network with high-throughput DNA sequencing data from fluorescence-activated cell sorted promoter libraries. This model functions as the base of the online promoter design tool (ProD), providing tailored promoters for tailored genetic systems. Automated design tools and tailored subunits are beneficial in fine-tuning all components of a complex genetic circuit. Here the authors create E. coli and B. subtilis promoter libraries using FACS and HTS, from which an online promoter design tool has been developed using CNN.
Tijdschrift: Nature Communications
Issue: 1
Volume: 11
Aantal pagina's: 1
Jaar van publicatie:2020