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Parts Submitted to Registry

Short intro

See list of all parts we submitted.


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General overview of QPIs


General overview of mtrB

Many genes are involved in Shewanella’s complex respiratory system (Heidelberg et al. 2002). We focused on mtrB, a 679-amino-acid-long outer membrane protein thought to be involved in the binding of metals and the localization of outer membrane cytochromes during reduction (Bretschger et al. 2007). It is unfortunately toxic in E. coli (Saffarini). Bretschger et al. recently characterized the role of mtrB in anaerobic respiration of Shewanella by looking at the effects of knock-out and complementation of mtrB on the electrical output of Shewanella. It was found that the strain which lacked mtrB produced less than 20% of the current generated by the wild type strain. In complemented strains, where mtrB is expressed constitutively under the control of the lacZ promoter in the knock-out strain, the phenotype was rescued with a similar amount of current being produced to that of the wild type (Bretschger et al. 2007). Not only does this experiment demonstrate the importance of mtrB in reduction in Shewanella, it also suggests a mechanism by which this electrical output could be controlled. Transforming plasmids containing mtrB under the control of an inducible promoter into mtrB knock out Shewanella, would conceivably create a strain of Shewanella which could increase its electrical output in response to the turning-on of the promoter controlling mtrB expression. The creation of a strain with an inducible electrical output could have important applications in biotechnology by creating a system which couples the ability of Shewanella to respond to a diverse array of stimuli with the speed and ubiquity of electricity.

lac system (will be moved to separate page)

description of complete system Amy's induction data use sublevels, as entire section will become new page

BBa_K098984 with BioBrick Prefix and Suffix

QPIs that we did not use with mtrB


Thermoinducible cI System

This system uses a a temperature sensitive variant of cI lambda to regulate the lambda promoter.

The thermoinducible cI lambda system uses cI857 (a mutant form of cI from pGW7 purchased from ATCC) to regulate expression of genes under the control of the lambda promoter. The cI857 repressor is repressed by thermal denaturation. Activity of cI857 begins to decrease around 30 ºC and is fully denatured by around 42 ºC (Leipold et al., 1994). Thus transcription of the gene under the control of the lambda promoter can be induced by increasing the temperature from 30 ºC to 37 ºC-40 ºC.

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