DNA Assembly with the DATEL Method

  • Zhen KangEmail author
  • Wenwen Ding
  • Peng Jin
  • Guocheng Du
  • Jian Chen
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1772)


Simple and reliable DNA assembly methods have become a critical technique in synthetic biology. Here, we present a protocol of the recently developed DATEL (scarless and sequence-independent DNA assembly method using thermostable exonuclease and ligase) method for the construction of genetic circuits and biological pathways from multiple DNA parts in one tube. DATEL is expected to be an applicable choice for both manual and automated high-throughput assembly of DNA fragments, which will greatly facilitate the rapid progress of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.


Synthetic biology DNA assembly Genetic circuits Molecular engineering 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31670092), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (JUSRP51707A), and Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (No. IRT_15R26).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhen Kang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Wenwen Ding
    • 1
  • Peng Jin
    • 1
  • Guocheng Du
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jian Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Key Laboratory of Industrial Biotechnology, Ministry of Education, School of BiotechnologyJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina
  2. 2.Synergetic Innovation Center of Food Safety and NutritionJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina
  3. 3.The Key Laboratory of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biotechnology, Ministry of EducationJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina

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