Just Accepted Paper: Photocontrol of enzyme synthesis and substrate conversion

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

Just Accepted Paper: Photocontrol of enzyme synthesis and substrate conversion
06 March 2012. Our manuscript "Modification-free photocontrol of β-lactam conversion with spatio-temporal resolution" has just been accepted for publication in ACS Synthetic Biology.

Abstract: β-lactams can be converted into β-amino acids by β-lactamase, a bacterial enzyme, leading to significant change in the biological function of the substrate molecules. Here we describe a method for photocontrol of β-lactam conversion without gene nor enzyme modification. This is achieved by the addition of a cationic photosensitive surfactant, AzoTAB, to a gene expression medium containing DNA coding for β-lactamase, the enzyme capable of the desired conversion. In the absence of UV (365 nm) or after illumination by blue light (480 nm) for 4 min, conversion of β-lactam is strongly reduced while the application of UV for 4 min results in a strong enhancement of substrate conversion. Several cycles of activation/inhibition are obtained upon successive UV/blue light illuminations. When both reconstituted photoresponsive gene expression medium and β-lactamase substrate are encapsulated in independent microfluidic chambers, selective UV illumination results in spatially resolved activation of substrate conversion.

Reference:

Modification-free photocontrol of β-lactam conversion with spatio-temporal resolution
A. Venancio-Marques, Y.-J. Liu, A. Diguet, T. di Maio, A. Gautier, and D. Baigl*
ACS Synth. Biol. 2012, 1, 526–531
- doi : 10.1021/sb300010a


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