MS2 Coat-Protein Effect on Expression of GFP in pRS415


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University of Aberdeen - ayeSwitch - iGEM 2010


Characterising the translational repression of GAL1p-[Npeptide-GFP] by trans expression of the MS2 protein


The characterisation of the effect of MS2 on the expression of GFP by GAL1p-[Npeptide-GFP] will allow more accurate modelling of the system and will allow us to determine with more precision the probability of success of the cross-inhibition of the switch. Expressing MS2 using MET17p - [MS2] will allow us to monitor the effect of MS2 without the complication of the λ-N-peptide produced by GAL1p-[Npeptide-GFP] in turn inhibiting the expression of MS2.


The expression of MS2 by MET17p - [MS2]will result in a decrease in the level of expression of GFP by GAL1p-[Npeptide-GFP]. The inhibition will show a linear correlation with the level of expression of MS2.


During this experiment double transformants of BY4742 containing GAL1p-[Npeptide-GFP] and MET17p - [MS2] were used. Single transformants of BY4742, containing only GAL1p-[Npeptide-GFP], were used to provide the negative and positive controls for the expression of GFP.

The double transformants were first cultured overnight in specific conditions in order to establish the desired pre-conditions. The cells were then washed and re-cultured in a different specific set of conditions which would allow the characterisation of the effect of MS2.