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<E. coli DH5a is sensitive to Catechol exposure

To measure the effect of our pathway manipulations on the viability of E.coli exposed to catechol we plan to perform a tolerance test. In preliminary experiments we established the baseline sensitivity of E.coli (DH5a) exposed to 50mM catechol in liquid media over a six hour time course. Aliquots of this mixture were plated on LB media at various dilutions and colonies were counted and compared with untreated controls (Figure 1; see "Protocols").

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There was no measurable difference between control and treated cells when bacteria were exposed to catechol in a growth media (LB). However, in minimal media (MM2) growth of control cells was moderate while exposed cells exhibited a marked decrease in survival (Figure 2).

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Although the effects of Catechol exposure in E.coli and P. putida have previously been investigated, completion of these baseline experiments will enable us to determine the effect of pathway manipulations on the proposed engineered E.coli strains.