Defense Date

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Bioinformatics

First Advisor

Luiz Shozo Ozaki

Abstract

Filamentous bacteriophages were engineered to express foreign genes with the ultimate purpose of displaying transmission control anti-malarial peptides as in phage display. It was hypothesized that expression of foreign genes would be possible using the phage’s promoters. This hypothesis was tested by assuming that promoters for the phage major coat protein (MCP) gene would also promote the expression of any foreign gene inserted downstream of the MCP gene. As proof of principle, the bacteriophages Pf3, Pf1, and M13 were engineered in this way to successfully synthesize Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein (EGFP). Type 88 phage display on the EGFP recombinant Pf3 was attempted by fusing a second copy of its MCP gene to the existing EGFP gene. This resulted in a phage display Pf3 replacement vector which was then used to construct a phage for displaying an anti-malarial peptide.

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2012

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