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Automated design of diverse stand-alone riboswitches.

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Summary of "Automated design of diverse stand-alone riboswitches."

Riboswitches that couple binding of ligands to conformational changes offer sensors and control elements for RNA synthetic biology and medical biotechnology. However, design of these riboswitches has required expert intuition or software specialized to transcription or translation outputs; design has been particularly challenging for applications in which the riboswitch output cannot be amplified by other molecular machinery. We present a fully automated design method called RiboLogic for such 'stand-alone' riboswitches and test it via high-throughput experiments on 2,875 molecules using RNA-MaP (RNA on a massively parallel array) technology. These molecules consistently modulate their affinity to the MS2 bacteriophage coat protein upon binding of flavin mononucleotide, tryptophan, theophylline, and microRNA miR-208a, achieving activation ratios of up to 20 and significantly better performance than control designs. By encompassing a wide diversity of stand-alone switches and highly quantitative data, the resulting ribologic-solves experimental dataset provides a rich resource for further improvement of riboswitch models and design methods.

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Name: ACS synthetic biology
ISSN: 2161-5063
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