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In Nucleic acids research ; h5-index 217.0

Currently, predictive translation tuning of regulatory elements to the desired output of transcription factor (TF)-based biosensors remains a challenge. The gene expression of a biosensor system must exhibit appropriate translation intensity, which is controlled by the ribosome-binding site (RBS), to achieve fine-tuning of its dynamic range (i.e. fold change in gene expression between the presence and absence of inducer) by adjusting the translation level of the TF and reporter. However, existing TF-based biosensors generally suffer from unpredictable dynamic range. Here, we elucidated the connections and partial mechanisms between RBS, translation level, protein folding and dynamic range, and presented a design platform that predictably tuned the dynamic range of biosensors based on deep learning of large datasets cross-RBSs (cRBSs). In doing so, a library containing 7053 designed cRBSs was divided into five sub-libraries through fluorescence-activated cell sorting to establish a classification model based on convolutional neural network in deep learning. Finally, the present work exhibited a powerful platform to enable predictable translation tuning of RBS to the dynamic range of biosensors.

Ding Nana, Yuan Zhenqi, Zhang Xiaojuan, Chen Jing, Zhou Shenghu, Deng Yu