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Promoter measurement

Experimental setup

Measured parts

We have measured J23100 and I719005 encoding pT7.

Measurement constructs

We have used B0034 as our reference RBS and E0040 GFP as a reporter.


All measurements were conducted in cell-free system which allowed us simple and precise determination of GFP encoding mRNA. The amount of mRNA was determined using quantitative reverse transcriptase realtime PCR (qRT-PCR). We have done absolute quantification using cDNA standard curve to convert delta-Ct units to RNA concentration.

We have used following protocol:

  1. All reagents and substrates were RNase free. Experiments were conducted in RNase-free environment.
  2. 0.5 ug of DNA encoding tested construct was added to 50 ul of cell-free expression master mix containing 350 units of human placental RNase inhibitor.
  3. Samples were incubated at 37oC with shaking at 800 RPM
  4. Every 15 minutes 5ul of reaction mixture was collected. Reaction was stopped by freezing at -20. Samples were kept frozen until reverse transcription.
  5. Subsamples were collected till reaction have reached steady state (typically 120 minutes).
  6. After obtaining all RNA samples DNAse treatment was performed as follows: 5 ul of sample was supplemented with 1ul of 10x DNAse buffer, 3 ul of RNase-free water and 1ul of RNase-free DNase I from Fermentas
  7. Samples were incubated at 37oC for 30 minutes. After that time 1ul of EDTA was added to each sample.
  8. DNase was inactivated by heating in 65oC for 10 minutes.
  9. DNase treated RNA samples were divided in two. One half was used as a substrate for reverse transcription. The other halves were mixed together and used in -RT control reaction.
  10. Reverse transcription was performed using Maxima First Strand cDNA synthesis kit form Fermentas using manufacturer's instructions. Gene specific primer GFPqPCRr (TCGAAAGGGCAGATTGTG) was used.
  11. cDNA was diluted 50x and 1ul was used for qRT-PCR reaction. SYBR/ROX qPCR HotStart 2x Master Mix for Fermentas was used to perform the reaction with the following primers: GFPqPCRf (GATGACGGGAACTACAAGAC) and GFPqPCRr (TCGAAAGGGCAGATTGTG). ABI 7500 qPCR system was used. PCR program: 95oC for 10 minutes followed with 40 cycles of 95oC for 15s, 55oC for 30 s, 72oC for 40s. Reaction specificity was confirmed using melting curve analysis.


Following amplification curves were obtained:

After data analysis we have determined dynamic performance of J23100 and pT7:

Measured promoter strengths are as follows:

pT7 41,8pg RNA/minute/ug substrate DNA
J23100 13,1pg RNA/minute/ug substrate DNA