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Precise prediction of prokaryotic translation efficiency can provide valuable information for optimizing bacterial host for the production of biochemical compounds or recombinant proteins. However, dynamic changes in mRNA folding throughout translation make it difficult to assess translation efficiency. Here, we systematically determined the universal(More)
An extension of directed evolution strategies to genome-wide variations increases the chance of obtaining metabolite-overproducing microbes. However, a general high-throughput screening platform for selecting improved strains remains out of reach. Here, to expedite the evolution of metabolite-producing microbes, we utilize synthetic RNA devices comprising a(More)
Among various routes for the biological hydrogen production, the NAD(P)H-dependent pentose phosphate (PP) pathway is the most efficient for the dark fermentation. Few studies, however, have focused on the glucose-6-phosphate 1-dehydrogenase, encoded by zwf, as a key enzyme activating the PP pathway. Although the gluconeogenic activity is essential for(More)
Redesign or modification of the cellular physiology requires a quantitatively well-controlled expression system known as the "tunable expression." Although the modification of promoters demonstrates the great impact on the translation efficiency, it is difficult to detect the proper variants required for tunable expression. The 5'-untranslated region (UTR),(More)
Pathway optimization is difficult to achieve owing to complex, nonlinear, and largely unknown interactions of enzymes, regulators, and metabolites. We report a pathway reconstruction using RNA display-derived messenger RNA-enzyme fusion molecules. These chimeras are immobilized by hybridization of their messenger RNA end with homologous capture DNA spotted(More)
Pyruvate carboxylase was recently sequenced in Corynebacterium glutamicum and shown to play an important role of anaplerosis in the central carbon metabolism and amino acid synthesis of these bacteria. In this study we investigate the effect of the overexpression of the gene for pyruvate carboxylase (pyc) on the physiology of C. glutamicum ATCC 21253 and(More)
Single gene overexpression in product pathways such as lysine synthesis has often been employed in metabolic engineering efforts aiming at pathway flux amplification and metabolite overproduction. This approach is limited due to metabolic flux imbalances that often lead to unpredictable physiological responses and suboptimal metabolite productivity. This(More)
The engineering of biological systems to achieve specific purposes requires design tools that function in a predictable and quantitative manner. Recent advances in the field of synthetic biology, particularly in the programmable control of gene expression at multiple levels of regulation, have increased our ability to efficiently design and optimize(More)
The objective of this study was to develop a novel technique for parallel analysis of eight important foodborne microbes using capillary electrophoresis-based single-strand conformation polymorphism (CE-SSCP) coupled with multiplex PCR. Specific primers for multiplex PCR amplification of the 16S rRNA gene were designed, corresponding to eight species of(More)
Sensitive multiplex detection methods for foodborne pathogens are important in controlling food safety, and detection of genetic markers is accepted to be one of the best tools for sensitive detection. Although CE technology offers great potential in terms of sensitive multiplex detection, the necessary amplification is confined to markers sharing common(More)