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A delivery system for field application of paratransgenic control

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biotechnology, June 2015
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A delivery system for field application of paratransgenic control
Published in
BMC Biotechnology, June 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12896-015-0175-3
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Arinder K. Arora, Adam Forshaw, Thomas A. Miller, Ravi Durvasula


As an alternative to chemical pesticides, paratransgenesis relies on transformation of symbiotic bacteria of an arthropod vector to deliver molecules that disrupt pathogen transmission. For over a decade paratransgenesis has remained a laboratory-based endeavor owing to regulatory concerns regarding introduction of transformed microorganisms into the environment. To facilitate field application of paratransgenic strategies, risk mitigation approaches that address environmental contamination and gene spread must be developed. Using biopolymer manipulation, we introduce a novel microencapsulation platform for containment and targeted delivery of engineered bacteria to the gut of a disease-transmitting arthropod. We demonstrate the first proof of principle of targeted delivery of EPA-approved Pantoea agglomerans E325 in a paratransgenic system to control spread of Pierce's Disease by glassy-winged sharpshooters, (Homalodisca vitripennis) under simulated field conditions. Engineered microcapsules may address regulatory concerns regarding containment of recombinant bacteria and environmental spread of foreign genetic material and may represent an important step in translating paratransgenic science beyond the lab and into the field. We present, for the first time, a microencapsulation strategy to deliver recombinant bacteria to an insect and demonstrate targeted release of bacteria into the physiologically relevant region of the insect gut. This is a first step toward addressing concerns related to field application of recombinant bacteria. Engineered microparticles may decrease environmental contamination, horizontal gene transfer and competition with native species by acting as a barrier between recombinant bacteria and the environment.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Switzerland 1 2%
Unknown 54 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 11 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 18%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 9%
Researcher 5 9%
Professor 5 9%
Other 14 25%
Unknown 6 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 28 50%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 11 20%
Chemistry 3 5%
Engineering 2 4%
Social Sciences 2 4%
Other 5 9%
Unknown 5 9%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 11. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 June 2015.
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