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iGEM Tokyo Tech 2010 "E.coli with Humanity"



Wolf coli

Overview of new series of OmpC promoters

We constructed BioBrick parts of the new series of osmoregulative promoters which are derivatives of the wild type OmpC promoter. The new series of promoters are PompC(C), PompC(CB) and PompC(CS1). In order to measure the strength of each promoter we used GFP as a reporter. We found that expression of GFP in OmpC(CB) and OmpC(CS1) promoters increased in high osmolarity medium comparing with the expression in low osmolarity medium. In contrast, under same conditions, there is no significant difference of GFP expression in OmpC(C) and OmpC(WT) promoters.

New BioBrick Parts

We succeeded in designing 2 news osmoregulative promoters, OmpC(CB) and OmpC(CS1), which can also be utilized in light sensitive system.

Figure 1. The induction of new OmpC series in high osmolarity medium


  1. What is OmpC promoter?
  1. The new series of OmpC promoters
  2. Material and Method
  3. Construction of plasmid

Material and Method

  1. Construction of E. coli strain MG1655
    Each new BioBrick part, PompC(C)-GFP, PompC(CB)-GFP and PompC(CS1)-GFP on pSB3K3 was introduced into E. coli strain MG1655. A strain containing pLacq-GFP plasmid (BBa_J54202), a constitutive GFP expressive promoter, and promoterless GFP reporter plasmid (BBa_J54103) was used as a positive control and negative control respectively.
  1. Medium
    Medium A, per liter, contained 7 g of nutrient broth, 1 g of yeast extract, 2 g of glycerol, 3.7 g of K2HPO4, and 1.3 g of KH2PO4. [3]
  2. Report assay
    In order to determine the strength of promoter parts in the reporter plasmid, the change of fluorescence intensities of the reporter stains in the presence and the absence of the inducer were measured. Overnight cultures of reporter strains grown at 37 °C in Medium A containing appropriated antibiotics were diluted at least 1:100 in the medium and incubated at 37 °C as fresh cultures. After their OD590 reached 0.2, the fresh culture was diluted 1 : 3 into 2 ml of pre-warmed medium A. For high osmolarity conditions, the cultures were diluted with sucrose supplemented medium to the final concentration of 15% (wt/vol). [2]

Sample preparation for GFP measurement

After 4 hours of high ormolarity induction, 0.2 ml of each culture was moved to 2.0 ml eppendorf tube and then centrifuged for 1 min at 4°C, 9000 rpm. The supernatant was discarded from each tube by pipette. In order to adjust each sample to reach approximately same final OD590, appropriate amount of 1×PBS washing solution was added. The cell pellet in each tube was resuspended by vortexing. After all samples for GFP measurement were prepared, 150 l of each sample was applied to 96-well plate and its fluorescence intensity was measured with fluorometer. The fluorescence intensity was calculated by dividing the measured raw fluorescence intensity by the adjusted OD590.