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University of Naples "Federico II"




The Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) was created by the Italian Telethon Foundation in 1994. TIGEM mission is the understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms of genetic diseases with the aim of developing preventive and therapeutic strategies.TIGEM currently hosts 17 research groups, and a total of more than 120 persons, including students, postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, technicians, and administrators and offers training programs in medical human genetics and Synthetic Biology in cooperation with the University of Naples Federico II.

== About Us == Flaskshaker.gif

  • Students:
    • Giovanni Russo
    • Lucia Marucci
    • Velia Siciliano
    • Irene Cantone
    • Roberta Bergamasco
    • Maria Aurelia Ricci
    • Mafalda Graziano
  • Instructors
    • Diego di Bernardo
    • Maria Pia Cosma
    • Mario di Bernardo
  • Advisor
    • Giulia Cuccato

Our Project

The aim of our project is to engineer a synthetic biological network and modifying Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells so that we would be able to change colour at differents oleate concentrations.

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Oleate is the principal olive oil element and acidity indicator. The olive oil is defined "extra vergine" if it has an acidity lower than 0.8 %,"vergine" with an acidity lower than 2% and not commestible if has an acidity higher than 3%. Oleate induces the transcription of genes involved in peroxisome biogenesis and stimulates the proliferation of these organelles in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Fatty acid-mediated induction is based on a dramatic increase in transcription of several genes encoding peroxisomal functions due to the presence of an oleate response element (ORE) in their promoters.This upstream activating sequence is minimally defined by an inverted repeat of CGG triplets separated by a 15-18-nucleotide spacer. It constitutes the binding target for the transcription factors Oaf1p and Pip2p.



Over the past decades progress in measurement of rates and interactions of molecular and cellular processes has initiated a revolution in understanding of dynamical phenomena in cells. Generally speaking a dynamical phenomenon is a process that changes over time. Living cells are inherently dynamic! Indeed, to sustain the characteristic features of life (growth, cell division...) they need to axtract and trasform energy from their surroundings. This implies that cells function thermodinamically as open systems. So, we have encountered a new keyword: system. The most general definition for system is the following: a set of functional elements joint together to perform a specific task. Cells are astoundingly complex systems: they contain networks of thousands of biochemical interactions. System-level understanding, the approach of systems biology, requires a shift in the notion of what to look for. An understanding of genes and proteins is very important, but now the focus is on understanding system' structure and dynamics. Biologists use cartoons ro capture the complexity of the networks, but because a system is not just an assembly of genes and proteins, its properties cannot be fully understood by drawing these diagrams. They, of course, represent a first step in our modeling, but can be compared to static roadmap, whereas what we really seek to know are the traffic patterns, why they energe, how to control them

Yeast Strain

Yeast strain used is W303. All DNA manipulations and subcloning were done in Escherichia coli.

Materials & Methods

We have adopted a strategy of parallel cloning .Two different reporter genes (luciferase and B-galattosidasy)are cloned in parallel into a vector containing four different promoters.

  • Cloning Strategies
    • Vector choice
    • Restriction Enzyme
    • Primers Design