Molecular complexes composed of RNA molecules and proteins are promising multifunctional nanostructures for a wide variety of applications in biological cells or in artificial cellular systems. In this study, we systematically address some of the challenges associated with the expression and assembly of such hybrid structures using cell-free gene expression systems. As a model structure, we investigated a pRNA-derived RNA scaffold functionalized with four distinct aptamers, three of which bind to proteins, streptavidin and two fluorescent proteins, while one binds the small molecule dye malachite green (MG). Using MG fluorescence and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the RNA-scaffolded proteins, we assess critical assembly parameters such as chemical stability, binding efficiency, and also resource sharing effects within the reaction compartment. We then optimize simultaneous expression and coassembly of the RNA-protein nanostructure within a single-compartment cell-free gene expression system. We demonstrate expression and assembly of the multicomponent nanostructures inside of emulsion droplets and their aptamer-mediated localization onto streptavidin-coated substrates, plus the successful assembly of the hybrid structures inside of bacterial cells.

Optimized Assembly of a Multifunctional RNA-Protein Nanostructure in a Cell-Free Gene Expression System / Schwarz-Schilling, Matthaeus; Dupin, Aurore; Chizzolini, Fabio; Krishnan, Swati; Mansy, Sheref S.; Simmel, Friedrich C.. - In: NANO LETTERS. - ISSN 1530-6984. - 2018/18:4(2018), pp. 2650-2657. [10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00526]

Optimized Assembly of a Multifunctional RNA-Protein Nanostructure in a Cell-Free Gene Expression System

Chizzolini, Fabio;Mansy, Sheref S.;
2018

Abstract

Molecular complexes composed of RNA molecules and proteins are promising multifunctional nanostructures for a wide variety of applications in biological cells or in artificial cellular systems. In this study, we systematically address some of the challenges associated with the expression and assembly of such hybrid structures using cell-free gene expression systems. As a model structure, we investigated a pRNA-derived RNA scaffold functionalized with four distinct aptamers, three of which bind to proteins, streptavidin and two fluorescent proteins, while one binds the small molecule dye malachite green (MG). Using MG fluorescence and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the RNA-scaffolded proteins, we assess critical assembly parameters such as chemical stability, binding efficiency, and also resource sharing effects within the reaction compartment. We then optimize simultaneous expression and coassembly of the RNA-protein nanostructure within a single-compartment cell-free gene expression system. We demonstrate expression and assembly of the multicomponent nanostructures inside of emulsion droplets and their aptamer-mediated localization onto streptavidin-coated substrates, plus the successful assembly of the hybrid structures inside of bacterial cells.
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Schwarz-Schilling, Matthaeus; Dupin, Aurore; Chizzolini, Fabio; Krishnan, Swati; Mansy, Sheref S.; Simmel, Friedrich C.
Optimized Assembly of a Multifunctional RNA-Protein Nanostructure in a Cell-Free Gene Expression System / Schwarz-Schilling, Matthaeus; Dupin, Aurore; Chizzolini, Fabio; Krishnan, Swati; Mansy, Sheref S.; Simmel, Friedrich C.. - In: NANO LETTERS. - ISSN 1530-6984. - 2018/18:4(2018), pp. 2650-2657. [10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00526]
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