Engineering and Analyzing Multicellular Systems: Methods and by Lianhong Sun, Wenying Shou

By Lianhong Sun, Wenying Shou

Engineering Multicellular platforms: equipment and Protocols, specializes in laboratory approaches utilized in contemporary efforts for developing artificial multicellular platforms and their purposes. specifically, developing multicellular platforms to shape a variety of microbial ecosystems has been widely explored to check evolution and interactions of microbial ecosystems, whereas co-cultures have emerged as an effective software to supply a few advanced chemical molecules. Written within the hugely profitable Methods in Molecular Biology series structure, chapters comprise introductions to their respective issues, lists of the required fabrics and reagents, step by step, simply reproducible laboratory protocols and key tips about troubleshooting and keeping off identified pitfalls.

Engineering Multicellular structures: equipment and Protocols supply a complete laboratory protocol reference for developing multicellular structures for varied applications.

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This PCR mix must contain a final concentration of 5 % Triton X-100 to neutralize the protein-denaturing SDS [23]. An alternative, and more reliable, method uses LiAc and SDS to lyse cells and requires ethanol precipitation prior to PCR (see Note 19, ref. 22). Specifically, cells are suspended in 100 μl 200 mM LiAc and 1 % SDS solution and incubated at 70 °C for 15 min. 300 μl 96 % ethanol is added to precipitate DNA. After brief vortexing, DNA is collected by centrifugation at 15,000 × g for 3 min.

Understanding the mechanistic basis of community behavior therefore represents an exciting new frontier in microbiology. However, the complexity of natural communities makes this a daunting challenge. For this reason, synthetic multi-species consortia represent promising tools for connecting molecular processes to ecological dynamics [2]. A particularly important type of multi-species interaction is metabolic interdependency or cross-feeding. Acquiring metabolites from the excretions of other species is thought to be prevalent in nature, and it has been suggested as one of the reasons that so few microbes can be isolated in laboratory monocultures [2, 9].

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