Development of qPCR Based Method to Quantify Colonization of an Engineered Bacterium in Gut McMullen, Alexandra (Alex)
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dc.contributor.majorProfessor Anumantha Kanthasamy 2020-03-02T19:44:44.000 2020-06-30T01:35:10Z 2020-06-30T01:35:10Z Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2019 2019-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Parkinson’s Disease is the leading neurodegenerative disease in the western world, caused by degeneration of neurons in the substantia nigra. This causes a decrease of dopamine in nigrostriatal neural circuitry, leading to motor and nonmotor symptoms which can be incredibly debilitating for the patient. Current dopamine supplementation therapy does not provide a steady state neurotransmitter level and can lead to dyskinesias and dystonia’s. However, <em>Escherichia coli Nissle </em>(EcN) bacteria have been shown to prove effective therapeutic treatments that can be engineered to specifically treat certain diseases, such as Phenylketonuria. EcN can be engineered to upregulate production of L-DOPA by adding an extra <em>HpaBC </em>gene. Administration of L-DOPA through ECN can maintain steady state dopamine level and thereby normalizing dopaminergic neural pathways for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. The goal of this study was to monitor EcN-DOPA gut colonization in mouse models of Parkinson’s disease using a qPCR method. We generated a unique primer set for ECN-L-DOPA and determined its utility in measuring the colonization. Our results showed that ECN-L-DOPA primer effectively amplifies the gene and detected the engineered bacteria in the fecal sample. Further evaluation in Mitopark transgenic mouse model of Parkinson’s disease, qPCR method successfully detected colonization profile of ECN-DOPA and correlated with the plasma level with plasma L-DOPA level. Collectively, our results show qPCR method is very amenable for monitoring gut colonization in microbiome-based therapy.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Biological Phenomena, Cell Phenomena, and Immunity
dc.subject.disciplines Digestive, Oral, and Skin Physiology
dc.subject.disciplines Digestive System Diseases
dc.subject.disciplines Nervous System Diseases
dc.subject.keywords Parkinson's Disease
dc.subject.keywords EcN
dc.title Development of qPCR Based Method to Quantify Colonization of an Engineered Bacterium in Gut
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