Date Thesis Awarded

11-2020

Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Biology

Advisor

Margaret Saha

Committee Members

Mainak Patel

Leah Shaw

Mark Forsyth

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the urgent need for robust testing procedures, effective vaccines, behavioral modifications such as wearing masks and social distancing, and finally, for therapeutics. The pandemic has especially underscored the need for broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics, which constitute a form of pandemic preparedness in that they may be effective against viruses that have yet to emerge. To address the need for broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics, this study aims to design components of a smart nasal probiotic that secretes polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) to suppress viral infection and regulate inflammation. Specifically, this study aims to design and model a system for the export of PUFA following its synthesis within a bacterial cell, which has yet to be described in the literature. In addition to probiotic use, such a novel export system would have various industrial and therapeutic applications related to fatty acid production and isolation.

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