High-Efficiency Multi-site Genomic Editing (HEMSE) Made Easy

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New article "High-Efficiency Multi-site Genomic Editing (HEMSE) Made Easy" published in the journal MIMB. Congratulations to our MIX-UP partners and their colleagues Tomás Aparicio, Víctor de Lorenzo and Esteban Martínez-García to these great results!

The ability to engineer bacterial genomes in an efficient way is crucial for many bio-related technologies. Single-stranded (ss) DNA recombineering technology allows to introduce mutations within bacterial genomes in a very simple and straightforward way. This technology was initially developed for E. coli but was later extended to other organisms of interest, including the environmentally and metabolically versatile Pseudomonas putida. The technology is based on three pillars: (1) adoption of a phage recombinase that works effectively in the target strain, (2) ease of introduction of short ssDNA oligonucleotide that carries the mutation into the bacterial cells at stake and (3) momentary suppression of the endogenous mismatch repair (MMR) through transient expression of a dominant negative mutL allele. In this way, the recombinase protects the ssDNA and stimulates recombination, while MutLE36KPP temporarily inhibits the endogenous MMR system, thereby allowing the introduction of virtually any possible type of genomic edits. In this chapter, a protocol is detailed for easily performing recombineering experiments aimed at entering single and multiple changes in the chromosome of P. putida. This was made by implementing the workflow named High-Efficiency Multi-site genomic Editing (HEMSE), which delivers simultaneous mutations with a simple and effective protocol.

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