Thermogenetics: Applications come of age

Biotechnol Adv. 2022 Mar-Apr:55:107907. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2022.107907. Epub 2022 Jan 15.


Temperature is a ubiquitous physical cue that is non-invasive, penetrative and easy to apply. In the growing field of thermogenetics, through beneficial repurposing of natural thermosensing mechanisms, synthetic biology is bringing new opportunities to design and build robust temperature-sensitive (TS) sensors which forms a thermogenetic toolbox of well characterised biological parts. Recent advancements in technological platforms available have expedited the discovery of novel or de novo thermosensors which are increasingly deployed in many practical temperature-dependent biomedical, industrial and biosafety applications. In all, the review aims to convey both the exhilarating recent technological developments underlying the advancement of thermosensors and the exciting opportunities the nascent thermogenetic field holds for biomedical and biotechnology applications.

Keywords: Biosensors; Gene actuation; Non-invasive; Synthetic Biology; Temperature sensing; Thermogenetics; Thermosensor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology
  • Synthetic Biology*
  • Temperature
  • Thermosensing*