Protein-based parts and devices that respond to intracellular and extracellular signals in mammalian cells.


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Largo Barsanti e Matteucci, Naples, Italy. Electronic address: [Email]


Synthetic biology aims to rewire cellular activities and functionality by implementing genetic circuits with high biocomputing capabilities. Recent efforts led to the development of smart sensing interfaces which integrate multiple inputs to activate desired outputs in a highly specific and sensitive manner. In this review, we highlight protein-based interfaces that sense intracellular or extracellular cues providing information about dynamic environmental changes and cellular state. We will also discuss different mechanisms of regulation of gene expression connected to the sensors to develop diagnostic and therapeutic devices. We conclude discussing challenges and opportunities for biomedical applications of synthetic mammalian protein-based devices.