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Title: A heavy price was paid for molecular biologys obsession with metaphysical reductionism' It stripped

The Shifting Paradigm for Biology
  • A heavy price was paid for molecular biologys
    obsession with metaphysical reductionism. It
    stripped the organism from its environment ….
    shredded it into parts to the extent that a sense
    of the whole--the whole cell, the whole
    multicellular organism, the biosphere--was
    effectively gone……Our task is to resynthesize
    biology…... The time has come for biology to
    enter the nonlinear world.
  • Carl Woese, MMBR 2004

Biology of Complex Systems is a National Science
Priority Agencies should target investments
toward the development of a deeper understanding
of complex biological systems … Scientific and
technological breakthroughs are expected in
diverse areas such as… environmental
management… OSTP/OMB interagency guidance memo
for FY 2005
A Systems Approach is needed to Bring the Genome
to Life
Systems Biology studying biological systems by
systematically perturbing them (biologically,
genetically or chemically) monitoring the gene,
protein, and informational pathway responses
integrating these data and ultimately
formulating mathematical models that describe the
structure of the system and its responses to
individual pertubations (Ideker et al., 2001
Annu, Rev. Genom. Hum. Genet. 2343) Mission
Science Requires an inherent systems view.
Integrated Approach to Shewanella Biology
MR-1 Genome Sequence, Bioinformatics
Information Synthesis Interpretation
Linked measurements
Imaging AFM, EM, CLSM Immuno-EM
Computational Biology
Concepts Hypotheses
Physiology Metabolism
Cellular networks, Modeling
Controlled Cultivation
Proteomics MS 2-D gel
Data Analysis Integration
  • ?
  • Perturbation
  • mutation
  • cultivation

Gene Expression Microarrays Reporters
Knowledge of Microbial Processes and Communities
Can Lead to New Solutions for Global Change
  • Recommendations
  • To enhance microbiological solutions to global
    change challenges, strengthen and expand ongoing
    research efforts, and direct new resources for
    basic research programs that
  • Integrate an understanding of microbiological
    processes at all organizational levels, from
    individual organisms to ecosystems…
  • (2) Discover, characterize and harness the
    abilities of microbes that play important roles
    in transformations of trace gases and various
    toxic elements.
  • Implement policies that promote effective
    long-term research on the microbiology of global

GTL Program and Facilities Responding to AAM
  • To make progress, science should not accept the
    limitations placed on discovery by traditional
    methods, conventional approaches, or existing
  • Although progress in microbial genomics is being
    made at a fantastic rate, availability of
    appropriate tools still places limits on
  • Powerful, but expensive, modern equipment should
    be housed in community facilities, open to
    researchers who might not otherwise have access
    to these technologies.
  • ______
  • Microbiology in the 21st Century Where Are We
    and Where Are We Going? American Academy of
    Microbiology, 2004

GTL Program and Facilities Responding to AAM
  • Currently, ability to predict the responses of a
    single microorganism from the sequence of its
    genome can best be described as feeble, and our
    ability to make predictions for an assemblage of
    multiple organisms is even weaker.
  • The ecosystem predictive capability will come
    from detailed work that links an understanding of
    the genome to an understanding of gene
    expression, protein function, and complex
    metabolic networks.
  • A deep genomic understanding of these integrated
    microbial processes will provide a better
    understanding of our planet, our interaction with
    it, and our ability to predict and influence its
    future behavior.
  • Create centers that facilitate research
    community access to post genomic analytical
  • ________
  • The Global Genome Question Microbes as the Key
    to Understanding Evolution and Ecology, American
    Academy of Microbiology, 2004
  • http//www.asm.org/ASM/files/CCPAGECONTENT/docfile

Microbes and Biotechnology for DOE Missions R
D is Critical
  • Why Microbes?
  • Microbes and microbial communities are the
  • Foundation of the biosphere and the planets
    ability to sustain all life.
  • Masters at capturing, storing, and transforming
  • Most abundant and biochemically versatile life
    forms possessing diverse and sophisticated
  • Recent Discoveries have revealed the dominant
    role of microbes in earth systems processes
  • Prochlorococcus is the dominant photosynthetic
    organism on the planet.
  • Sequencing of the Sargasso Sea has revealed
    immense diversity
  • Microbes exist in the deep subsurface and survive
    on redox couples unrelated to photosynthesis
  • Microbes are catalyst for acid mine drainage

Improvements in cellulase molecular machine
function are needed to more efficiently convert
cellulose to glucose for conversion to ethanol.
Applications of microbial capabilities will
stimulate new biotechnology industries to put
these new processes into the marketplace.
Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124,
Bioenzymes have been captured in a ceramic
nanomembrane with improved function and
GTL Systems Biology Molecules to Cells to
Single cells
Subcellular location and dynamics of machines
Gene expression in individual cells
Who is expressing what, when, where under what
  • Programmatic goals of understanding
  • Proteins and Molecular Machines
  • Regulatory processes
  • Complex Microbial Communities
  • and, developing the necessary computational and
    information architectures

Science enabled by the production and
characterization of proteins and molecular tags
  • Investigating functions of unknown and
    hypothetical genes from microbial and
  • The flood of genomes, unculturable systems
  • Understanding natural systems genomic potential
    and behaviors
  • Oceans, terrestrial, deep subsurface
  • Understand microbial community organization and
  • Investigating natural variations in critical
    processes and designing and optimizing
  • Hydrogenases, cellulases, reductases
  • Binding, products, biophysical parameters
  • Enabling new single molecular investigation
  • Tags for Protein-protein and protein-DNA
    interactions, e.g. monitoring molecular
    structure, regulatory interactions,
    post-translational modifications
  • Quantification standards for proteomics techniques

The Unknown Gene Function Problem
  • Hypotheticals account for gt50 of potential
    protein-coding regions
  • Escherichia coli
  • 4,400 genes, ½ characterized to any extent
  • current rate of 10 IDs/month, complete in 20
  • Hundreds of genome sequences available, nos.
  • Microbial population sequencing Sargasso Sea
    sequencing (Venter et al.) alone added 1.2
    million previously unknown genes
  • JGI 2004 Prokaryotes 235 Mb Microeuks 80Mb
    Communities 340 Mb

1/3 of Hypothetical Genes are expressed in
Shewanella oneidensis MR-1
  • - gene expression (microarrays) either a signal
    was detected or not.
  • - protein expression gt 500 MS/MS runs, gt 2
    million files!
  • 0 FP, identifications with gt90 confidence
  • Hypothetical ORFs expressed as both RNAs and
  • Original Total Total no. of expressed genes
  • genome no. of Transcriptome Proteome Both
  • annotation genes
  • All predicted ORFs
  • 4468 3564 (80) 2252 (50) 2082 (47)
  • Hypothetical ORFs
  • 1623 1223 (75) 592 (36) 538 (33)

7 Additional Strains of Shewanella being
Sequenced by JGI
Identifying Protein Function
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Structure
  • Genetics (e.g., mutagenesis)
  • Partners/interactions
  • Co-expression patterns

GTL Facilities will Provide Necessary
Capabilities Scale
Facility I - generate hypothetical proteins for
biochemical screen etc. as part of annotation
for each genome sequenced, even for uncultured
Natural Systems of Interest to DOE Predict
behaviors and understand impacts of manipulations
Mar. 3-4 DOE/GTL Missions Science Workshop
Biotech could be a significant source of H2 in a
stabilization regime.
Total US End-Use Energy in 2005
Direct biological production of H2.
Jae Edmonds, JGCRI
BioH2 Production
  • The development of methods for large-scale, i.e.
    hundred of exajoules of energy per year,
    cost-effective source of H2 using biotechnology
    could lower costs of addressing climate change by
    trillions of dollars!
  • If H2-using technology (e.g. fuel cells) can be
    made cost effective
  • BioTechnology could become a major source of
  • Lower land-use emissions
  • Lower agricultural prices.

Jae Edmonds, JGCRI
Hydrogenase Research Biophotolytic Hydrogen
Bacteriorhodopsins via Ocean Metagenomics
  • Rhodopsins are light absorbing pigments
    consisting of membrane proteins retinal
  • Discovery of new rhodopsin via genome analysis of
    marine bacterioplankton (Béjà et al. 2000)
  • Protein expressed in E. coli, bound retinol
    formed an active light-driven proton pump
  • 782 new rhodopsin-like photoreceptors,
    representing 13 distinct subfamilies, identified
    in Sargasso Sea sequence (Venter et al. 2004)
  • Do all variants absorb light? Structure-function

Cellulosic Ethanol Processing Plant in a
Today we utilize food starch to make alcohol and
complex and costly processing of
cellulose Tomorrow we want to utlitize high
yield cellulose crops with integrated processes
in microbes to convert to alcohols and other fuels
Cellulose Today
Decrystallization Hydrolysis of Cellulose,
Hemicellulose, and Lignin Multiple Sugar
Metabolism Alcohol Synthesis
Roadmap for Microbial Cellulosic Ethanol
Production Today Interim Goals
Molecular Tags for Single Molecule Methods
  • A much more direct, sensitive and quantitative
    way to assess protein-DNA and protein-protein
    interactions (compared to yeast 2-hybrid,
    protein chips and mass spectrometry)
  • GTL facilities provide an opportunity to bring
    this technology to high throughput performance
    (relatively large engineering effort)
  • proteins, tags
  • Instrumentation, data capture analysis

Single-Molecule Methods for the Characterization
of Protein-Protein Interactions and Expression
Levels in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1
Natalie R. Gassman1, Achillefs N. Kapanidis1,
Nam Ki Lee1,, Ted A. Laurence1,, Xiangxu Kong1,
and Shimon Weiss1,2,3 1Dept. of Chemistry and
Biochemistry, UCLA, 2Dept. of Physiology, David
Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, 3California
NanoSystems Institute, Presenter
ngassman_at_chem.ucla.edu, presently Seoul National
University, presently Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory
FRET-efficiency ratio (E)
Fluorescence-aided molecule sorter
Kapanidis et al., PNAS 101, 8936 (2004)
Protein-DNA Interaction DNA - Catabolite
Activator Protein (CAP) interaction
Protein-Protein Interactions of Transcription
Two-component signal transduction, which
regulates transcription by the alternative sigma
factor, s54, provides a diverse array of
protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions to
assay using single molecule methods. Our focus
will be on the two-component system involving
nitrogen regulatory protein (NtrC).
Biological processes that can be dissected by
simultaneous monitoring of structure and
Purification of NtrC
Protein Production is a Bottleneck for HT Single
Molecule Methods!
Affinity Chromatography
GTL Program - Microbial Community Analyses
Cross-Cutting Processes
Microbial Communities
Photolytic H2 generation
Cross cutting processes/genes of Interest
Contaminant transformations
Biomass conversion
Example Analyses of Mission relevant Natural
Communities and Optimization of Processes require
a minimum production of 20,000 proteins per year
DOE Missions Tie to Capabilities for Microbial
Natural Systems Behavior
Toxic Metal Reduction
Convert Cellulose to Fuels
Convert Sunlight to Hydrogen
We can Achieve Dramatic Improvements in Quality,
Throughput, and Cost
  • Genome projects demonstrated the power of
    high-throughput technologies, computational
    analyses, and data made available to all
  • This approach can provide the needed gains for
    GTL biology.
  • GTL pilot studies give us confidence in the
  • Initial GTL systems biology research has
    identified key issues and requirements.
  • The Approach
  • Multidisciplinary teams,
  • Scaleup and automation, focus on production
  • Drive to dramatic production gains cost
  • Strict standards and methods for quality
  • Characterization with advanced technologies such
    as synchrotron methodologies,
  • Informatics and computing,
  • Rapid and open availability of results to
    scientists -- freeing scientists from production

The learning curve for sequencing (above) is
being repeated for soluble and membrane proteins
GenomicsGTL Facilities - Enabling Cellular
Systems Science
Cellular Activities Understanding how cells
respond to environmental cues
Cellular Components Providing the basis for
determining protein function and cellular
Developing a predictive understanding of the
functions of cells and communities of cells
Understanding how molecular machines are formed
and how they function
A New Infrastructure for Biological Research
Facility for Production and Characterization of
Proteins and Molecular Tags
  • What It Will Produce
  • Genomic information directly translated into
  • 10,000 to 25,000 proteins/yr
  • 100,000 molecular tags/yr (initial targets)
  • Biophysical and biochemical characterizations
  • Research to support difficult protein and tag
  • Learning curve informed by successes and failures
  • Research and development to import new
    technologies and methods
  • Data, standards, and protocols
  • What It Will Be
  • 150,000-sq. ft. facility
  • Advanced automated robots or production lines
  • Advanced micro electro mechanical systems lab
    on a chip, microfluidics
  • Synchrotron and other characterizations
  • Informatics and computing infrastructure
  • Cryogenic storage, handling, and shipping
  • Comprehensive RD program (both at the facility
    and distributed)

Tracking proteins with tags in live cells.
Characterizing proteins with synchrotron X-rays.
Functions of the Facility for the Production and
Characterization of Proteins and Molecular Tags
(1) Inputs Gene Sequences
  • Remote
  • Characterization
  • Facilities
  • Specialty
  • (1) Genomics
  • Gene Synthesis
  • Cloning
  • Modification
  • DNA Sequencing
  • (2-3) Protein Production
  • Cellular
  • Cell Free
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Labeling and Mutations
  • Administration
  • Management
  • Staff Offices
  • Conference
  • User Offices
  • (5) Affinity Reagent Production
  • Libraries
  • Synthesis
  • (4) Characterization
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Biophysical/Biofunctional
  • (8)
  • Technology Research
  • and Development
  • High Production
  • Automation
  • Computing Programs
  • (6)
  • Computing/Information
  • LIMS and workflow
  • Data and Tools
  • Simulation and Analysis
  • Production Strategies
  • (7)
  • Cryogenic Archives
  • Shipping
  • Receiving
  • Storage
  • Outputs
  • Proteins 2,3,7
  • Affinity Reagents 5,7
  • Characterizations 4
  • Protocols and clones 1,3,4,5,6,7
  • Data and Tools 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

University/Industry Technology RD Partners
(1) Genomics and (2) Lab-on-a-Chip Preproduction
Screening Lines
Major Equipment Layout

Rapid Translation Systems
Dispensing And Harvesting Robots
Lab-on-a-chip Nanoliter Pre-production Screening
Light Scattering
Public and GTL Data Bases
Computing And Information Tools and Systems
Lab on a Chip Micro- Electrophoresis Separations
Lab on a Chip Expression
Dispensing Robots
DNA sequencers
DNA synthesizers
PCR machines
Colony Picker
UV Absorbance
Successful Protocols To Mass Production
Cell-free Transcription And Translation
Expression Verification
Purification By multiple Conditions
Purity and Solubility
Annotated DNA sequence
Computed Methods protocols
Verify Sequence
Amplification With PCR
Ligation/ Purification
DNA Oligonucleotides synthesized
Cellular Vectors
In Vivo Expression
Colony Picker
Transfection/ Expression
Data and All Protocols To Data Base
Materials Archived for Production
Schedule Prescreening
Compute Amino Acid Sequence
Production Chemical Synthesis
Chemical Synthesis Micro Test
Compute Feasibility and Variants
Process Diagram
  • Outputs
  • gt200 successful
  • protocols/day
  • Preliminary Characterizations
  • Genome Annotation

Gene Sequence Inputs to Protein Production (500
Comparative Computational Determination of
Methods and Strategies (Process terabytes of
Preproduction Screens Utilizing Lab-on-a-Chip
Technologies (gt100,000 trials/replicates/day)
Prepare Genes for Multiple Production
Modalities (2000/day)
Production Targets
(3) Protein Production and (4) Characterization
Major Equipment Layout
Production Robots
Automated Peptide Synthesis And Ligation Systems
Chemical Synthesis
Flow Systems
Analytical Robots
Dispensing And Harvesting Robots
Robot Incubator/ Shakers
Rapid Translation Systems
  • Liquid
  • Chromatography
  • Capillary
  • Electrophoresis
  • Affinity Columns

Mass Spec
UV Circular Dichroism
X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure
UV Absorbance
Enzyme Activitiy
Size Exclusion Chromatograph LLS
Electron Microscopy
Fluorescence Emission Lifetime
Dispensing And Harvesting Robots
Multisample Fermentors
Automated Centrifuges
In Vitro Insertion
Translation And Transcription
Prepared Genes
Cell-free Synthesis
Extraction and Purification
Solubility Analysis
Biophysical Characterization
Validation QA/QC
Biofunctional Assay
Stability Assessment
Refolding Protocols
In Vivo Vectors
Inoculate into Medium Culture
18 hour Incubation
Cellular Synthesis
Automated Data Logging LIMS Protocols and
Strategy Design Super Annotation
Chemical Synthesis of Peptides
Chemical Ligation
Gene Sequence
Amino Acid Labeling
Chemical Synthesis
Process Diagram
Multimodal Protein Production and
Purification (500 attempts/day) (Milligram
Mutants and Labeled Proteins (As Needed)
Primary, Secondary And Tertiary
Structural Characterizations (1000s/day)
Multiple BIofunctional Characterizations (10,000
Proteins, Data, and Protocols To
Users (100s/day)
Production Targets
Computing Environment For All Production Lines
(5) Affinity Reagent Production Line
Major Equipment Layout
Hardware and Software
Production Robots
Distributed Computing And DataBases
Central DataBases
Central Computing
Data Management And Modeling Tools
Screening Robots
  • Liquid
  • Chromatography
  • Capillary
  • Electrophoresis
  • Affinity Columns

Analysis and Assays Robots
UV Absorbance
Isothermal Calorimetry
  • Displays and
  • Assays
  • Phage
  • Ribosome
  • Bacterial
  • Yeast
  • Two-Hybrid

Production Robots
Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • Solubility
  • Dye Marker
  • CD
  • Mass Spec

Computing and Information Processes and Products
Comparative Analyses
Annotation and Production Strategies
Simulations/ Workflow Planning
Post Synthesis Biotinylation or Secondary Tagging
Production of Proteins
Extract and Purify
Reagents And Data To Archives And DataBase
Automated Data Capture
Data reduction And Archiving
User Access
Synthesizing Proteins With Secondary Tags
Engineer tag Into Protein Gene
Extract and Purifiy or Use In Situ
Production Automation
Expert Systems
Facility Models
Virtual Facility
Acquire Libraries
Amplify Libraries
Present Target Protein
Affinity Determination
Display Selection
Produce Tag In Quantity
Library Method
Data Management
Data Interpretation
Process Refinement
Linear and Constrained Peptides
Process Diagram
  • Data Archiving
  • Genome Annotation
  • Cloning
  • Purification
  • Libraries
  • Affinity Selection
  • And Screening
  • Characterization
  • Etc.
  • Infrastructure
  • Machine Environment
  • Storage Infrastructure
  • Network
  • Distributed Systems

Data, Protocols, and Affinity Reagents
to Users (1000s/day)
Multiple Affinity Reagents for Each
Protein (1000s of attempts/day)
Comprehensive Data and Protocols to Production
and Archives (1000s/day)
Production Targets
Technology Options for Protein Production
June 14-16, 2004 GTL Technology Deep Dive
Workshop, Working Group on Genome-Based Reagents
Technology Options for Molecular Tag Production
June 14-16, 2004 GTL Technology Deep Dive
Workshop, Working Group on Genome-Based Reagents
Potential Protein Characterizations (slide being
  • quality control
  • assignment of possible function
  • structural-activity relations
  • high-throughput thermodynamic stability
  • probing the folding landscape
  • identification of reconstitution conditions
  • computationally predict protein properties (more
    efficient production)
  • discovering substrates (orphan enzymes)
  • identification of co-factors (metals, NADH, ATP,
  • identify long-term storage conditions (what keeps
    the protein from aggregating or losing activity)
  • biological affect of post-translational
  • intermolecular interactions (dissociation
  • centralized and standardized characterization
    assays for computational analysis
  • identification of DNA/RNA binding sites
  • methodology for screening thousands of variants
    for desirable enzymatic activities
  • feedback on protein production computational
  • screen small molecule natural product libraries
    for modifiers (i.e., agonists and antagonists)
  • identify the ordered and disordered regions
    within a protein (provides insights into binding

June 14-16, 2004 GTL Technology Deep Dive
Workshop, Working Group on Genome-Based Reagents
Elements of Facility 1 Construction Project Scope
and Cost
Factors in Central/Distributed and Lease/Buy
  • DOE project management Order 413.3 applies
    equally to built, leased, modified
  • The project delivers a fully functional facility
    at CD4
  • Lease Considerations (for identical facilities)
  • Integrated cost analyses show cost of leased
    exceeds cost of build by year 9 after start of
  • Mortgages program dollars
  • All RD and equipment costs remain identical
    usually final building design follows final
    equipment acquisition decisions
  • For existing buildings modification costs can be
  • Much of this facility is specialty space
    characterization instruments, biological
    isolation, cryogenic storage, etc.

Factors in Central/Distributed and Lease/Buy
  • Central vs. Distributed
  • End to end performance would require duplication
    of equipment, people, RD higher cost, lower
  • JGI showed qualitative gains in quality,
    throughput and cost only after consolidation and
    strict focus on production goals
  • Critical mass in people, facilities, learning
  • Total building costs will increase if space is
    not contiguous
  • Distributed functions might include
  • RD and methods development
  • Specialty Characterizations
  • Affinity reagent and detergent libraries
  • Selected Affinity reagents
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