Exploration of mRNA degradation at the single molecule level
Third-party funded project
Project title Exploration of mRNA degradation at the single molecule level
Principal Investigator(s) Becskei, Attila
Co-Investigator(s) Hansen, Marie Mi Bonde
Organisation / Research unit Departement Biozentrum / Synthetic Microbiology (Becskei)
Project start 01.03.2012
Probable end 28.02.2013
Status Completed

Regulation of mRNA degradation is an important part of regulation of gene expression. Many of the underlying molecular and kinetic mechanisms remain to be resolved. In this project, we will devise combinatorial approaches to study the stochastic aspects of mRNA degradation through synthetic biology and computational modeling in yeast and mammalian cells. We will combine a genetic approach with single molecule Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization to study the decay of single mRNA molecules and fit the data computationally to generate a model for mRNA degradation at the molecular level. Our results will reveal how stochasticity in mRNA degradation drives complex cellular processes.

Financed by Foundations and Associations

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