Single-step linker-based combinatorial assembly of promoter and gene cassettes for pathway engineering
Ramon A, Smith HO
A linker-based approach for combinatorial assembly of promoter and gene cassettes into a biochemical pathway is developed. A synthetic library containing 144 combinations, with 3 promoters and 4 gene variants, was constructed for the ackA and pta genes of the acetate utilization pathway in E. coli. The in vitro isothermal assembled library was then introduced into E. coli mutant (acs-, pta-, ackA-) and selected for restoration of acetate utilization. 81% of the colonies screened contained the complete functional pathway. Thirty positive clones were analyzed and accounted for 10% of the 144 promoter-gene combinations.