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  • sacB digest with EcoRI -band around kb (gel 1)


  • sacB digest with EcoRi/PstI. Band also around 5 kb.

(gel 2).


  • PCR of sacB to check insert. Used sacB tube 1 and 3.
  • Restriction digest of PCR with EcoRI and NotI.
  • (gel no 3)
  • lane 1- marker
  • lane 2, 3, 4 - sacB 1, 2 & 3 cut with NotI; band size: slightly bigger than 4 kb
  • Lane 5- PCR of LuxAB; band size around 1.5. kb
  • lane 6- Vector of sacB (pSB1C3, 2072bp, aroun 3kb with RFP) cut with NotI; band size around 1.5. kb
  • Lane 7- PCR of sacB with gene sepcific primers; band size around 1.5. kb
  • Trouble shooting: sacB cut with NotI give about 4kb, whereas cutting with EcoRI gives 5.5. kb... hmhmhm.

there should be 2 NotI sites on either side of the insert but we only get 1 band--> is there only 1 NotI site? Furthermore, PstI/EcoRI digests give only 1 band (same as cut only with EcoRI), so maybe there is no PstI/NotI site?

  • Purifying sacB from PCR product to start making BRIDGE- row F in the BOX 1.


  • Making working solutions of primers from stock: 4ul of H20; 1 ul of stock solution
  • Primers: forward 72.3 C, revers- 77.6 C; length of the product: 2.6-2.7 kb

to do on Monday:

  • redo sacB- catR ligation
  • Run 5 ul of ligation on gel to check for large bands
  • redo RLS part transformations


  • Transformants of luxAB-edi1 failed- probably smth wrong at the purification stage...
  • (gel no 4)
Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 Lane 6
ladder luxAB-ediI digest luxAB-ediI ligation sacB digest catR digest sacB- catR lgation
expec. no of bands 2 1 or 3 1 1 1 band= to 4+5
  • If all failed- purification procedure failed
  • If 3 and 6 failed- ligation failed
  • If all fine then PCR/transformation failed


  • 3 and 6 failed- ligation problem (not enough DNA, ligase).
  • Band 1- luxAB but no ediI (?)
  • Repeated digest (sacB with XbaI, catR with SpeI, LuxAB & EdiI with SpeI & SacI) and purification.
  • Set up ligations with 2ul ligase instead of 1 ul (1ul of H2O less). If this fails- perhaps only 2-3 h ligation ina RT (SpeI is set up in both digest- could be common cause)


  • First, run PCR of catR-sacB ligation (use DNA?????' MK1- with sacBr1 (19.6.10); MK2- sacBr1(10)
  • Gel electrophoresis of: digested catR, digested sacB, ligated sacb-catR, digested LuxAB-ediI and ligated luxAB-ediI along with sacB-catR PCR

'(gel no 5'

Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 Lane 6 Lane 7
ladder ediI digested LuxAB-ediI ligated luxAB-ediI ligated catR & sacB PCR 1 (MK1) PCR 2 (MK2)


  • Almost completely convinced it's the ligase... or me (MK). Officially taking myself off the project. xx
  • (Spotted 2 purified sacBs in the freezer... maybe try the original if this one fails...?)


Gel with :

  • cat + sacB (PCR product) (6)
  • vector + cat + sacB (7) (both done by CF)


  • Made plates variety of sucrose combinations--> 40 cml
  • 0%
  • 0.1%
  • 0.25%
  • 0.5%
  • 1.0%
  • Plated E6 miniprep, which should show some sucrose sensitivity (1plate at each concentration)
  • Control- E5, 1 plate at each concentration


  • Primers have arrived for up and downstream sequences of TnaA region.

13/09/2010 Plane for week begininng 13th:

  • Amplify RFP with primers --> RBS-F2; YFP - R2 ---> to amplify RFP
  • Digest UP with SpeI and B-D with XbaI
  • Ligate UP to BRIDGE-DOWN
  • Digest RFP with XbaI and SpeI
  • Ligate UP and RFP
  • Ligate DOWN and RFP
  • Also- registry editing for RLS (definately dodgy sequence), LovTap
  • Justification of reseubmission
  • Look up absorption/emission rates and transmission through medium for Donal


  • Achieved: cat/sacB- traA down ligation
  • Attempted: traA up- cat/sacB/down ligation; traA up- RFP ligation; RFP- traA down ligation/ ALL FAILED
  • Running: purified digest of:

- cat/sacB + SpeI
- tnaA down- XbaI
- tnaA up + SpeI
- cat/sacB/down + XbaI
- RFP + XbaI
and also running: UP- BRIDGE- DOWN ligation; UP - RFP ligation

Have: PCR of cat/sacB, RFP, BRIDGE-DOWN, traA up, traA down; ligation of BRIDGE-DOWN

gel no 7

Run gel:

Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 Lane 6 Lane 7 Lane 8
Ladder Pure SacB Pure SacB & EcoRI sacB & catR PCR I15009 digest S284T PCR Product Purified 356K Purified 356R

Repetitive failure of purifications with both traditional method and kits, unsure what is going wrong. Have decided to tell Chris. Off to Firbush on Wednesday.

In my absence (at Firbush with the rest of the Biotechnologists) Chris has managed to construct the tnaA UP-cat-sacB-tnaA DOWN segment that we need for the first part of the BRIDGE protocol. I will continue to build the tnaA UP-RFP-tnaA DOWN segment.
Set up ligations of RFP-DOWN and UP-RFP, left in 16C incubator overnight.

Lab on a Saturday again, fun fun fun...
Retrieved and amplified ligations and ran on gel. UP-RFP appears to be significantly shorter than RFP-DOWN and indeed shorter than it ought to be (should be about 2kb, is only around 1.5kb).
Purified both products, then digested RFP-DOWN with XbaI. (Used 2hour incubation time to write presentation for Wednesday).
Set up ligation of UP with RFP-DOWN and left in incubator overnight.

Bus to Darwin for 11:20am; enter Darwin; lift to 8th floor; retrieve ligations from waterbath in cold room; walk down to 7th floor; put ligation in freezer; lift to ground floor; leave Darwin; catch 11:40am bus back to central.

PCR of ligation of UP-RFP-DOWN. Made and ran gel along with purified PCRs from Saturday, just in case they're still not working.
They worked! The purifications were perfect. There is a band about the size of UP-RFP-DOWN in it's lane, but it's quite faint. I will probably repeat the PCR with a lower annealing temperature (around 50) this afternoon. I suspect the UP primers do not anneal properly above 54C.

Chris set up overnight cultures of DH5-alpha cells and JM109 cells, both containing the lambda-red plasmid, in 2.5ml LB with tetracycline.
Repeated PCR of up-RFP-down ligation as well as PCR of 3 subcultures suspected to contain the cat-sacB construct, performed using the tnaA UP forward primer and the tnaA DOWN reverse primer.

Took 2 5ml LB bottles:
- Added 1.7 microlitres of tet15 and 0.3ml DH5-alpha overnight culture to one
- Added 5 microlitres of tet15 and 0.3ml of JM109 overnight culture to the other

Grew second cultures for 2 hours at 30C with shaking
Measured optical density after 2 hours:
- Water = 0.00
- DH5-alpha = 0.251
- JM109 = 0.320

Added 100microlitres arabinose to both cultures and grew at 37C for one and a half hours with shaking.

Prepared cells for electroporation:
1- Added 1.5ml of liquid culture to an eppendorf
2- Spun down cells at 11,000rpm for 30s
3- Removed supernatant, added 1ml of cold sterile water and resuspended cells
4- Repeated steps 2 and 3 twice more
5- Added 40microlitres of suspended cells and 1microlitre of DNA construct (up-cat-sacB-down) to chilled electroporation cuvette (also prepared one cuvette of each cell culture without DNA for controls)

Performed electroporation
Suspended cells in cuvette by adding 0.5ml LB and added to eppendorf containing 1.0ml LB
Left in 37C incubator for one hour, no sign of growth - spun cells down and no visible pellet, resuspended in 0.9ml and decided to leave overnight

Will plate up cells on chloramphenicol tomorrow and they should have grown by Monday.

Annoyingly, the Red/ET recombination plasmid is lost at 37C, but it was worth following the procedure to see if it actually works first time. If we need to repeat it, the plates can be grown at 30C so that there is no need to retransform with the recombination plasmid.

Cells left to grow for ~20 hours
Plated from 100microlitres from 900microlitre suspension onto 4 chloramphenicol plates marked JM109/lambda + cat/sacB and -cat/sacB (control) and DH5-alpha/lambda + cat/sacB and - cat/sacB (control)
Spun cells down at 7000rpm for 2 minutes - gave decent sized pellet. Removed 700microlitres of supernatant and resuspended cells
Plated last 100microlitres onto a further 4 chloramphenicol plates
Plates will be left in 37C incubator - cells were concentrated enough on second set of plates so that if they are cml resistant they will grow by tomorrow.

Significant growth of red colonies on DH5-alpha+ (concentrated) but none on DH5-alpha- (not-concentrated). This is highly confusing as there should be no RFP in the cells. We now believe this to be a contamination.
There is growth on both of the negative plates of the JM109 cells, but none on the positive plates. This could be a labelling error.
There is no growth on any of the other plates.

No growth on any of the plates that had not grown yesterday.
Colonies on JM109- plates do not smell of indole. If they are E.coli then this is promising. Subcultured 4 colonies from each plate onto cml plates.

Ran gels of PCRs performed on 07/10. No bands in the three lanes from subcultures, but a strong band from the PCR of the ligation.

The subcultures from yesterday have not grown particularly well. The cells are white, unlike normal E.coli, and the colonies are uncharacteristically runny. Ran PCR of subcultures to determine whether they contain the insert. (with insert ~2.5kb, without ~1.5kb)
Ran this PCR on a gel. Gave no bands. First attempt at BRIDGE did not work.

Alterations to be made on second attempt:
1- Resuspend cells in 20-50microlitres after cleaning to increase transformation efficiency
2- Grow at 30C instead of 37C after electroporation so as not to lose recombination plasmid
3- Use normal chloramphenicol plates rather than cml+iptg+xgal.

Prepared overnight cultures:
- DH5-alpha/lambda in 5ml LB with 1.5microlitres tet15
- JM109/lambda in 5ml LB with 5microlitres tet15

Grew cells at 30C, 200rpm

Prepared secondary liquid cultures:
- 5ml LB + 1.5microlitres tet15 inoculated with 0.3ml overnight DH5-alpha/lambda culture
- 5ml LB + 5microlitres tet15 inoculated with 0.3ml overnight culture JM109/lambda

Grew cells at 30C, 200rpm for 2 hours