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Artificial assembly of a minimal cell

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Synthetic Biology approaches can assemble and/or reconstruct cell parts in synthetic compartments. A minimal cell as a model for early living cells can be artificially constructed in the laboratory resuming the main properties of a basic cell living system: a synthetic cell compartment or liposome to host a minimal metabolism based on protein synthesis, and a shell and core reproduction mechanism, all in an artificial cell assembly and remaining in the realm of minimal living. It is becoming realistic to construct artificial cells, starting from a minimal cell assembly, and deliver cell-like bioreactors to synthesize pure proteins/enzymes or isolate single pathways. These artificial cell-like systems could perform different tasks in antimicrobial drug development, drug delivery and diagnostic applications.

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01 Apr 2009
28 Aug 2009
First published
28 Sep 2009

Mol. BioSyst., 2009,5, 1292-1297
Article type
Review Article

Artificial assembly of a minimal cell

G. Murtas, Mol. BioSyst., 2009, 5, 1292
DOI: 10.1039/B906541E

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