Team:Stockholm/21 August 2010




found some extra articles for gene-regulatory networks: [1] and [2]


Assembly of His⋅SOD/yCCS and SOD/yCCS⋅His into pSB1K3

Step I in cloning strategy (19/8)

Transformation results

From 20/8 transformations

  • pSB1K3.SOD⋅His
  • pSB1K3.yCCS⋅His
  • pSB1K3.His⋅SOD
  • pSB1K3.His⋅yCCS

Good yield on all plates.

Colony PCR

Three white colonies picked from each plate for verification.

  • pSB1K3.SOD⋅His: 1=A1, 2=A2, 3=A3
  • pSB1K3.yCCS⋅His: 1=A4, 2=A5, 3=A6
  • pSB1K3.His⋅SOD: 1=A7, 2=A8, 3=A9
  • pSB1K3.His⋅yCCS: 1=A10, 2=A11, 3=A12
  • Blank: A13

Procedures as described in colony PCR protocol.

  • Forward primer: VF2
  • Reverse primer: VR
  • Elongation time: 2:00

Gel verification

Gel verification of SOD⋅His, yCCS⋅His, His⋅SOD and His⋅yCCS assemblies into pSB1K3 vector
1st row:λ, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, λ.
2nd row:λ, A7, A8, A9, A10, A11, A12, A13.
3 μl λ, 4 μl sample.
λ=O'GeneRuler 1 kb DNA ladder.

1 % agarose, 90 V, 40 min

Expected bands:

  • pSB1K3.His⋅SOD: 815 bp
  • pSB1K3.His⋅yCCS: 1100 bp
  • pSB1K3.SOD⋅His: 815 bp
  • pSB1K3.yCCS⋅His: 1100 bp

A1, A2 and A3 as well as A5 and A6 show bands corresponding well to what was expected (815 bp and 1100 bp, respectively). A4 also has a band corresponding to 1100 bp, but has an additional band at ≈1400 bp, which may have resulted from picking a red colony (pSB1K3.RFP), resulting in a 1385 bp band.
In contrast, A7 thru A12 show many and very unspecific bands. Correct-sized bands are indeed seen in A10-A12, however the unspecific bands are too strong to be neglected. This may have resulted from me forgetting to inactivate the restriction enzymes prior to ligation. A new ligation will be attempted on Monday.

ON cultures

Clones A1, A2, A5 and A6 were chosen for plasmid prep and verification by sequencing. Clones were inoculated in 5 ml LB + 50 Km and grown in 37 °C, 80 rpm until Monday (≈40 h).

Transfer of RFP into pEX

Continued from 19/8

Colony PCR

Since the gel results from 20/8 only verified pMA.His, a new colony PCR was run to verify pEX and pEX.RFP. Two new clones (5 & 6) of pEX.RFP were picked and run with clones 2 and 3 from 20/8. To test whether the red colonies could possibly be from pSB1K3 (i.e. if the selection didn't work properly), pEX.RFP 2 was also amplified with pSB primer VF2 and VR.
Also, pEX plasmid was amplified in parallel with pEX plasmid to compare the insert sizes.

  • J1: pEX.RFP 2
  • J8: pEX.RFP 3
  • J2: pEX.RFP 5
  • J3: pEX.RFP 6
  • J4: pEX clone
  • J5: pEX plasmid
  • J6: pEX.RFP 2 (w/ pSB primers)
  • J7: Blank

Procedures as described in colony PCR protocol:

  • Forward primer: pEXf or pSB VF2
  • Reverse primer: pEXr or pSB VR
  • Elongation: 2:00

Gel verification

Gel verification of pEX.RFP constructs and pEX vector.
Loading: λ, J1, J8, J2, J3, J4, J5, J6, J7, λ
3 μl λ, 4 μl sample.
λ = O'GeneRuler 1 kb DNA ladder.

1 % agarose, 90 V, 1 h.

Expected bands:

  • pEX.RFP: 1272 bp
  • pEX (w/ insert): 1414 bp

The fragments seen for samples J1 and J2 are considerably shorter (≈850 bp) than the expected 1272 bp, making it very unlikely that they contain the full-length RFP cassettes. This is strange, since the colonies picked were indeed red, obviously expressing RFP.
The results from pEX vector samples are also quite strange. The pEX clone (J4) resulted in a band corresponding well to the expected 1414 bp. However, the pEX plasmid (J5) does not result in any band whatsoever.
A new gel will be run and possibly a new transfer of RFP to pEX attempted.

Colony re-streak

In order to verify that our red colonies are indeed carrying pEX and not pSB1K3 (i.e. the Amp selection has failed), resulting in false-positives for transfer of RFP from pSB1K3 to pEX, clones 2, 3, 5 and 6 were streaked on quarters of Amp 100 and Km 50 plates. Plates incubated 48 h in 37 °C.
If RFP has been successfully transfered to pEX, the clones should only grow on Amp 100 plates.


Mini prep on fusion protein

I prepared a mini prep on the overnight culture of fusion protein (protein A and IgG protease in bank vector C) colony # 3.

The procedure was according to the method described in protocols.


300 ng/ul

  • λ260: 0.060
  • λ280: 0.034
  • λ315: 0.003

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University Swedish Vitiligo association (Svenska Vitiligoförbundet) Geneious Fermentas/ Sigma-Aldrich/