[MIS17-10] Screening RNA-binding peptides using restricted set of amino acids
Keywords:Synthetic biology, Cell-free system, Screening
In order to screen for RNA-binding peptides, we have recently established mRNA display technology (Reyes et al., in prep). mRNA display is a high-throughput technique to synthesize mRNA-peptide conjugate and identify peptide aptamers against proteins or RNA by using in vitro translation system. mRNA display allows for the preparation of peptide libraries with far greater complexity than is possible with other in vitro display methods, like phage display and ribosome display.
In this study, we screened for RNA-binding peptides from the libraries using restricted set of amino acids, which can serve as a model of the initial RNA-peptide complex. We investigated the peptide sequences by using mRNA display technology. So far, we designed DNA libraries against each RNA polymers (polyA, polyG, polyC, polyU (12mer)), and we succeeded in synthesizing the mRNA-peptide library for the polyC RNA by using in vitro translation system (PURE system). Now, we are performing an iterative selection against the RNA target (PolyC). In poster session, I would like to discuss the progress and problems of the method.