Butyrolactone signalling circuits for synthetic biology

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Signalling circuits based on quorum sensing mechanisms have been popular tools for synthetic biology. Recent advances in our understanding of the analogous systems regulating antibiotics production in soil bacteria suggest that these might provide useful complementary tools to increase the complexity of possible circuit designs. Here we discuss the diversity of these natural circuits, which use γ-butyrolactones (GBLs) as their main inter-cellular signal, highlighting the range of new building blocks they could provide, as well as a number of exciting recent applications of GBL-based circuits in heterologous systems. We conclude by presenting examples of the novel circuit complexity that could become accessible through the use of GBL-based designs.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology
StatePublished - 8 Jul 2015