We describe here a genome-wide screening approach to identify the most critical core reaction among a network of many that are supported by an essential gene to establish cell viability. We describe steps for maintenance plasmid construction, knockout cell construction, and phenotype validation. We then detail isolation of suppressors, whole-genome sequencing analysis, and reconstruction of CRISPR mutants. We focus on E. coli trmD, which encodes an essential methyl transferase that synthesizes m1G37 on the 3'-side of the tRNA anticodon. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Masuda et al. (2022).
Masuda, Isao and Hou, Ya-Ming, "Protocol to Identify the Core Gene Supported by an Essential Gene in E. coli Bacteria Using a Genome-Wide Suppressor Screen" (2023). Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers. Paper 236.
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