In vivo investigations of E. coli chromosomal replication using single-molecule imaging

S Tiruvadi Krishnan

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Abstract

All living organisms pass on their genetic information to their offspring in the form of DNA or RNA molecules by duplicating them across generations. In the bacteria, their genes are packed in long chains of DNA molecules or chromosomes. One of the widely studied model organisms, Escherichia coli, replicates its circular chromosome in two directions starting from an origin region of chromosome with independent replication complexes or replisomes simultaneously synthesizing the daughter chromosomes. DNA replication is an important process of the E. coli life cycle because of occurrence of small errors in its mechanism will affect the cell’s normal state larger. Much of our current knowledge about the dynamics of replisome complex has been obtained from in vitro experiments. However, the natural environment of the cell is considerably different from that of in vitro solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Dekker, N.H., Supervisor
Award date19 Sep 2016
Print ISBNs978-90-8593-267-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • DNA replication
  • E. coli
  • chromosomal engineering
  • single-molecule
  • epi-fluorescence microscopy
  • microfluidics
  • photo-activable fluorescence microscopy
  • in vivo stoichiometry

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