Microfabricated reactor for cell-free protein synthesis

Teruo Fujii*, Kazuo Hosokawa, Takahiko Nojima, Shuichi Shoji, Akira Yotsumoto, Isao Endo

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Cell-free protein synthesis is one of the most promising techniques for discovery and production of novel biochemical compounds which are useful for medical and biological applications. MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) technology enables us to fabricate microscale reactor systems for protein synthesis. In this paper, we show that the target protein (polyphenylalanine) can be successfully synthesized in the fabricated reactor according to given mRNA templates (polyuridic acid) as the simplest cell-free protein synthesis system. Since the microfabrication is a suitable method to integrated such reactors in a massively parallel structure, the integrated version of the system can be a powerful tool for drug discovery, preparation of combinatorial peptide libraries, etc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2572-2574
Number of pages3
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 19th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: 1997 Oct 301997 Nov 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


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