Team:TU Delft/Project/solubility/results


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Hydrocarbon Solubility Results & Conclusions

Our goal was to enhance the solubility of alkanes in water. Therefore we constructed a new part that expresses the emulsifier protein AlnA after induction by IPTG. By using our own emulsification assay we measured the increase in hydrophobic compounds in the water phase.


For the production of large amounts of protein, 1 L shake flasks cultures were induced with IPTG after the OD measuremnts started to show the start of the exponential phase. The experiment was done 3 seperate times.

Experiment 1

This was the first in a large volume and carried out at 37 C. The OD measurements at the induction time point and harvest are shown in Table 1.

# Culture OD600 at induction OD600 at harvest
1 Control (J13002) 37 C 0.367 0.882
2 AlnA (K398206) 37 C 0.434 0.880

The total volume of sample at the end after completion of the isolation protocol was 3 mL. The protein concentration was determined by Bradford analysis and showed that the control contained 19 mg mL-1 and the AlnA sample contained 16 mg mL-1.

The emulsification capacity of the samples was determined using our emulsifier assay. 0.75 mg protein was used in the assay displayed in Figure 2. The increase in absorption by the AlnA sample indicates a higher amount of Sudan II that is in solution, thus a higher emulsification by the proteins.

Figure 2: Emulsification of Sudan II by the isolated proteins from the control and AlnA culture. The measurements are corrected for background absorption caused by the sample itself and dissolved Sudan II without the addition of protein.

# Culture OD600 at induction OD600 at harvest
1 Control (J13002) 30 C 0.073 0.451
2 Control (J13002) 37 C 0.088 0.810
3 AlnA (K398206) 30 C 0.060 0.393
4 AlnA (K398206) 37 C 0.067 0.624


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