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Towards combinatorial transcriptional engineering

Towards combinatorial transcriptional engineering
The modular nature of the transcriptional unit makes it possible to design robust modules with predictable input-output characteristics using a ‘parts- off a shelf’ approach. Customized regulatory circuits composed of multiple such transcriptional units have immense scope for application in diverse fields of basic and applied research. Synthetic transcriptional engineering seeks to construct such genetic cascades. Here, we discuss the three principle strands of transcriptional engineering: promoter and transcriptional factor engineering, and programming inducibilty into synthetic modules. In this context, we review the scope and limitations of some recent technologies that seek to achieve these ends. Our discussion emphasizes a requirement for rational combinatorial engineering principles and the promise this approach holds for the future development of this field.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0734975017300241

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