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May 2007

May 14

  1. Made the same as May 15, but did not use Type 1 (milliQ) H2O, so the solutions were discarded.

May 15

  1. Made 1M CaCl2, and glycerol/CaCl2 solutions
    1. 1M CaCl2 Solution: 100mL was made
      1. CaCl2 Dihydrate = 146.986 g/mol
      2. 100mL of 1M CaCl2 requires 14.699g CaCl2 Dihydrate
    2. Glycerol/CaCl2 Solution: 30mL was made
      1. 5.00mL of 60% glycerol solution
      2. 3.00mL of 1M CaCl2
      3. 22.00mL of Type 1 (milliQ) H2O

May 16

  1. Transformation of Cells:
    1. Transformed 1 vial of cells with Jun vector, and another vial with Fos vector (1uL of vector each); Sterile
    2. Used 400uL of LB (sterile) for each vial
    3. Incubated for 1 hour in shaker at 37C, then incubate overnight at 37C

May 30

  1. Test PCR Machine

June 2007

June 4

  1. Made Kanamycin plates
    1. 200mL of Agar
    2. 200mL of 2x LB
    3. 2mL of Kanamycin

June 20

Today: extract DNA from plates, transform, plate on amp plates.

I - Extraction of DNA from Plate (5M and 9G)

  1. Puncture foil with pippette tip
  2. Add 15uL of Type 1 water
  3. Remove all liquid (with DNA in solution)

II - Transformation of extracted DNA

  1. Chill cells on ice for 10 min
  2. Heat shock cells at 42°C for 30 sec
  3. Add DNA for cells
  4. Add 500uL of 42°C SOC medium to each vial
  5. Incubate on ice for 1 min
  6. Place in 37°C shaker incubator for 1h 30min
  7. Plate onto 4 separate amp plates
    1. 25uL R0062
    2. 25uL C0060
    3. 400uL R0062
    4. 300uL C0060
  8. Place into 37°C incubator at 3:55PM

Next: seed, miniprep and screen the DNA.

June 21

Checked colonies in the 37°C incubator. Well formed colonies were on each plate, so plates (all 4) were transferred to the small fridge (middle shelf on the right).

June 22

Today: miniprep DNA from July 20th transformation

I - Miniprep of Colonies from R25, R400, C25, C300 (indication the biobrick and the amount in uL that was plated)

  1. Transfer 1.5mL of cells suspended in LB into a microcentrifuge tube.
  2. Centrifuge for 2 min at max speed (14000 rpm)
  3. Remove supernatant with pipette and discard.
  4. Add 250uL of buffer P1 and 250uL of buffer P2
  5. Close and invert tubes 6 times
  6. Add 350 uL of buffer N3 (within 5 min of adding buffer P2)
  7. Close and invert 6 times
  8. Centrifuge for 10 min at 13000 rpm
  9. Carefully pipette off the supernatant into a Qiaprep spin column. NB: for sample R400 a large amount of supernatant was discarded. No reason, stupid move by Tim.
  10. Centrifuge spin column for 60 sec
  11. Discard flow-through
  12. Add 750uL of buffer PE
  13. Centifuge for 60 sec (max speed)
  14. Add 50uL of sterile water (of EB buffer could be used)
  15. Let stand for 1 min then centrifuge for 1 min
  16. Transfer flow-through to a new micro-centrifuge tube (one with a cap) with a pipette.
  17. Stored in -20°C freezer (green box labelled "Team 2")
  18. Remaining cells in LB stored in small fridge

Next: Screen the DNA.

June 26

Today: Screen of R0062 and C0060 from July 20th transformation

I - For R0062 add:
1.5uL of buffer 2
1.5uL of 10X BSA
3uL mini-prepped DNA
1uL of XmnI
1uL of XbaI
7uL of sterile water
Total volume = 15uL

II - For C0060
Same as above but no XbaI and 8uL water

Let both sit in 37°C water bath for 1h 40 min (From 3:30PM to 5:10PM)

III - Gel electrophoresis

  1. Add 12uL of water to each R25, R400, C25, C300
  2. Add 3uL of respective digested DNA
  3. Add 1.66uL of loading dye
  4. Gel contains:
    1. Ladder (5uL)
    2. R25 uncut
    3. R25 cut
    4. R400 uncut
    5. R400 cut
    6. C25 uncut
    7. C25 cut
    8. C300 uncut
    9. C300 cut
  5. The remaining uncut mini-prepped DNA was stored in the pink "Team 1" box.

Next: Interpret the screen and proceed to midi-prep or reseed.

June 28

Today: Reseeding of R0062

I - Reseeding of R0062

  1. Prepare 6 culture tubes with 2.5mL of sterile water and 2.5 mL of LB medium
  2. Add 5uL of 1000X Amp to 5 of the tubes (no antibiotic added to the control)
  3. 3 seedings from R25, 2 seedings from R400
  4. At 4:00PM the seedings were placed in the 37°C shaker incubator (in styrofoam pieces wedged inbetween clamps.
  5. Plates returned to fridge

Next: Miniprep and screen the re-seed.

June 29

Today: Digest and screen the re-seed from June 28th

I - Digest using same procedure as June 26th

  1. DNA was removed from the water bath at 4:35PM

II - Gel electrophoresis

  1. Gel contains
    1. Ladder (5uL)
    2. 400A
    3. 400B
    4. 25A
    5. 25B
    6. 25C
  2. Gel turned on at 5:02PM. 100V set for 40 min with variable current.
  3. Picture saved as "June 29 R400A R400B R25ABC"

Next: Interpret the gel and plan appropriate course of action.

July 2007

July 5

Today: Digest and screen R and C from July 4th midiprep

I - Digest Volumes
1.5uL 10X buffer
0.5uL suspended DNA (less than usual b/c midiprep is more conc.)
1uL EcoRI
12uL water
Total volume - 15uL

At 11:52AM tubes were placed in a 26.2°C water bath that was on its way up to 37°C.

II - Spectrophotometric DNA quantification

  1. Dilute DNA by a factor of 1000 (i.e. 1uL of DNA in 999uL of water). Mix by tapping.
  2. Reference (at 260 nm) a quartz cuvette that has been rinsed and filled with water.
  3. Rinse the cuvette with DNA solution.
  4. fill the cuvette and take an absorbance reading at 260 nm.
Results: A(R@260nm) = 0.022;    a(C@260nm) = 0.75

Calculation: [DNA] = 50 x (dilution factor) x (Absorbance at 260nm)
Therefore [R] = 1100 ng/uL; [C] = 4250 ng/uL

Next: Gel quantification and ligation

July 6

Today: Gel quatification of "I" and "R"

I - Gel quantification
Wells contain:
7uL water
1uL loading dye
2uL DNA (either the vector "R" or the insert "I")
Order of wells:

  1. Ladder (5uL)
  2. Insert
  3. Vector

The gel was run for 45 minutes.

July 11

Today: Transformation of ligation product (R+C)

I - Transformation

  1. Same procedure as June 20 except:
    1. All of ligation rpoduct was put into cell capsules
    2. Heat Shock was 2 min b/c they are Top 10 cells
  2. Plates were stored overnight in 37°C incubator.

Next: Seed and miniprep

July 12

Checked plates and there was no growth, so we have to set up a the ligation again.

July 17

Today: Plating of ligation and extra plasmid (to check the efficiency of transformation)

I - Plating

  1. Went to take cultures out at 2:30PM but the shaker had been turned off. So the shaker was turned back on and left to run for an additional 15 min.
  2. Tubes were removed from SI at 2:45PM and cells were plated on Amp plates.
    1. Control (R400) 25uL
    2. Control (R400) 300uL
    3. Ligation 25uL
    4. Ligation 250uL
  3. Stored in 37°C incubator over night

Next: Seed and miniprep

July 18

Today: Seeding of ligation plate (R0062 from July 17)

  1. Prepare 10 culture tubes
    1. 2.5mL sterile water
    2. 2.5mL LB medium
    3. 5uL Amp
  2. Seeds were only taken from the 25uL ligation plate. The 250uL plate was too full to distinguish colonies.
  3. Prepared two controls as well
    1. water and LB only
    2. Water + LB + Amp
  4. All tubes were placed in 37°C incubator at 4:05PM

Next: Miniprep and screen

July 19

Today: Miniprep of Ligated DNA (R0062 from July 17)

NOTE: After starting, Alex pointed out that due to the lack of ribosome binding site in our construct, what 
we are miniprepping is useless. We will keep going though to make sure that our ligations are working.

I - Miniprep

  1. Follow usual mini-prep protocol as per June 22.
  2. We had to wait before proceeding to the screening digest because there were no small tips autoclaved. Miniprepped DNA was left on benchtop for the 20 min that tips were autoclaving.

II - Screening Digest 5uL of mini-prepped DNA
1.5uL of buffer 2
1.5ul of 10X BSA
1uL of EcoRI
1uL SpeI
5uL sterile water

Gel contents:

  1. Ladder
  2. Culture A
  3. Culture B
  4. Culture C
  5. Culture D
  6. Culture E
  7. Culture F
  8. Culture G

Cultures H through J, we ran out of SpeI and so were not digested or run on the gel.

Results: We know how to ligate. YAY! Now we restart.

Next: Incorporate a RBS

July 20

Today: Extraction of B0034. I - Extraction of B0034.

  1. Pierce the foil top with a pipette.
  2. Extract the DNA with 15ul of sterile water.
  3. Transfer to a microcentrifuge labeled [B0034; 20/07/07; 15ul] and stored in pink "Team 1" box.

II - Tansformation

  1. Allow Top 10 cells to thaw on ice for 10 min. DNA was also placed in the ice bucket.
  2. Add 2uL of DNA to Top 10 cells.
  3. Incubate on ice for 30 min then heat shock at 42°C for 30 sec.
  4. Add 500uL of LB, 250uL SOC and ice for 1 min.
  5. Place in 37°C shaker incubator for 1 hour (started at 3:12PM)
  6. Plates put into 37°C incubator at 4:50PM
  7. Remaining cells placed in Team 1 freezer box; labelled "B0034 cells"