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AustinDay 22:36, 23 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Western worked, but there doesn't seem to be any hemoglobin. My guess is that the heme expression is just too damn strong and the hemoglobin expression isn't on (as it should be). The previous western had more hemoglobin just because those were actually induced. For some reason though, I can't get these plasmids into BLR strains. wtf?

AustinDay 18:49, 22 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Gel lanes:
    • Ladder
    • .05 g/dl HbA
    • .015 g/dl HbA
    • .005 g/dl HbA
    • PetDUET
    • I716354
    • I716356
    • I716374
    • I716375
    • I716376
    • I716377
    • I716380
    • I716381
    • I716378
    • I716379

AustinDay 01:11, 22 October 2007 (EDT)

  • The past few days I've been transforming and culturing in order to backup the biobricks parts to send to the registry. There was a batch of contaminated plates recently that I think I used to make the previous backup, so we've got to indicate that the previous -80 stocks I put in are bad. This contamination problem might have also contributed to the colors of the cultures I grew up. The next batch I made new plates and took extra care to keep them uncontaminated.
  • I am also testing a theory that because AMP never actually kills the cells at the concentration we're using them at, and that there are always background cells in the culture, that the time of incubation of the cultures may be affecting the purity of the culture, and therefore the color. I decided to try to test this by incubating two cultures with very different amounts of AMP in them. One of them is at the concentration we normally use and one is at 10X that.

AustinDay 17:39, 19 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Why aren't these colors consistent? I dunno, but in any case, I'm going to use the I716375 clone because it looks the most red. It's strange that it is a different shade of red than all of the other ones, but the analytical gel confirms that it has the hemoglobin cassette.
  • Lanes for western:
  • 1: Ladder
  • 2: HbA .01g/dL
  • 3: HbA .005g/dL
  • 4: HbA .001g/dL
  • 5: I716356D
  • 6: I716375D
  • 7: I716377D
  • 8: I716379D
  • 9: I716381D
  • 10: I716356B
  • 11: I716375B
  • 12: I716379B
  • 13: I716377B
  • 14: I716381B
  • 15: petDUET

AustinDay 14:51, 17 October 2007 (EDT)

  • I716378: Light pink
  • 375: Relatively dark
  • 390: Relatively dark
  • 374: Relatively dark
  • 053: white
  • petDUET: looks mid-log
  • 377: white
  • 379: relative dark
  • 356: white
  • 055: white
  • 054: white
  • 354: white
  • 388: white
  • Test constructs looks darker than yesterday. (Iron was added to them and allowed to grow overnight)
  • 375 looked really red yesterday. Transform a bunch of those plates. (re transform, maybe restreak, probably not, will find out if that has an adverse effect on the cultures later today)

AustinDay 19:35, 15 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Basic parts that I have alreayd transformed.
    • I716269
    • I716390
    • I716379
    • I716374
    • I716379
    • I716019
    • I716354
    • I716378
    • I716375
    • I716388
    • I716356

Still need:

  • I716053
  • I716054
  • I716055

  • Need for the gel. (Soluble and insoluble fractions)
  • Hemoglobin: I716356
  • Heme: I716390
  • Hemoglobin + Heme: I716375
  • Hemoglobin + Heme + AHSP: I716379
  • Hemoglobin + Heme + SodC/KatG: I716381
  • Hemoglobin + Heme + Cytochromes: I716377
  • Ladder

13 lanes

AustinDay 19:29, 15 October 2007 (EDT)

Experiment Setups: Measure Concentration on a gel

   * I716354: Hemoglobin
   * I716374: Hemoglobin + Heme
   * I716378: Hemoglobin + Heme + AHSP 

Visual Effect:

   * I716376 vs I716375

AustinDay 14:41, 11 October 2007 (EDT)

  • To do:
    • Send sequencing for potential cytochrome constructs. (g00101)
    • Send sequencing for potential 280+276+277 constructs. (g00101)
    • Check the large culture and pellet.
    • Start next construct assuming cytochrome is correct and the 380+276+277 is questionable.
      • Digest entire miniprep of I716376 and I716377 (BamI/XhoI)
      • Digest entire miniprep of I716269-TT.
    • Add the cytochromes to the 380+276+277 constructs.
      • Digest 380+276+277 and 381+276+277 (Bam/Xho)
      • Digest I716019 (Bgl/Xho)
    • Transform 276+277 into righty. (might be already done)
    • Transform 269-TT into lefty. (might be already done)
    • Make more LB Agar and LB.

    • probably won't get much farther than doing the digest. Put in freezer for later if that happens. If possible, gel purify.
    • Retransform many plates of I716374 and I716375. (Or make more mini prep of them)
    • Retransform many plates of I716376+377.

AustinDay 23:31, 10 October 2007 (EDT)

  • It seems that the amount of air and the number of generations has an effect on the darkness of the hemoglobin cultures. Need to find some container with lots of surface area and scrape a lot of plates into it.
  • Need to verify the constructs: 380+276+277, 381+276+277, 376 and 377.
  • For 380 and 381s just mentioned: Digest AlwnI, (Should see 5 bands for correct, 4 for not correct, the extra appearing around ~1500)
  • For 376 and 377 just mentioned: Digest BglI, (Should see 6 bands for bad, 7 for correct, extra band appearing around ~1754)
  • Results: The 376 and 377 digests look fine. The 380 and 381's look really funky.

  • Plan:
  • Sequence the I716376 and 377 clones 1 and 3 to verify that the cytochromes are in.
  • Sequence a clone from the questionable 381+276+277 minipreps.
  • Argh! It's not making sense! I picked some colonies from the I716376 and 377 transformation plate and grew them up. They were dark. I miniprepped two of them and replated them. I scraped those plates and pelleted it, and they were just barely pink, almost not red at all. What's going on?
  • I'll try seeding another culture using that white retransformation just for kicks, there has to be something else going on?

AustinDay 16:30, 7 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Mini prepped I716019R, 269R, 2 x 276+277R, 374L, 375L, 380 2 and 3L, and 381 2,3,5R
  • 374, 375, 019, and 269 are just restocks. The others need to be analytically digested.
  • 380 and 381 can be digested with BsaI. Bands are ~8000(7400)/~3000 (NEB3)
  • 276/277 are probably correct, but can be checked with BsaI ~500/~1100/~2000 (NEB3)

AustinDay 13:46, 5 October 2007 (EDT)

  • I re-plated a 374 colony and grew it up. The pellet seemed to be the right "blackish" color, but the culture looked a bit lighter. As long as the pellet is to my liking, it's all good though.
  • Of the 376 colonies, #1 and 2 weren't correct. #3 had something cut out with Nde1 and Xho. It should have been the alpha subunit and the cytochromes, but it was between 3000-4000, whereas the expected size is 2000. So that must be wrong, but I don't know what else it could be. I'll have to try this construction again...
  • To do: Digest I716019R and I716374/5, make I716376/377. Do this in parallel with the constructs made today. (colonies to be picked tomorrow morning).


The next time you want to do a time consuming procedure, I'll help out and then drive you home. :)

AustinDay 16:50, 3 October 2007 (EDT)

  • The only non-white constructs obtained were:
    • 378 #1 (very slightly brown)
    • 378 #2
    • 378 #3 (Darkest)
    • 379 #1
    • 379 #2
    • 379 #3 (Darkest)
  • However, the 376 colonies on the plate were the darkest. Not sure why, but I'll miniprep them anyways and see what they are.
  • Analytical digests:
    • I716269-TT: AlwnI/BglI/XhoI (1424/1325 if correct, 1424/1190 if wrong)
    • 267-277: EcoRI/XhoI (2052/1570 if correct, 2052/1034 if wrong)
    • 376: BglI
    • 378: AlwnI/BglI
    • 379: AlwnI


  • This means that I only potentially have the 267-277 cassette, and 2 attached AHSP, one to each mutant. It's good that it's the AHSP, but it's worrisome that the other won't clone. (Or miniprep for that matter.) The cytochrome seems to be toxic because the minipreps didn't give me anything, but the colonies on the plate were red. I'm hoping that the sequencing for the 269 comes back correct. I'm still worried that somehow I picked a construct out of the library that was incorrect (didn't have the katG).

AustinDay 14:13, 26 September 2007 (EDT)

  • The colonies are a lot less red now. The previous construct with just the hemoglobin and heme gave a really red culture. After adding either the cytochromes or the sodC/katG parts, it seems as though the addition has made it lighter. The darkest culture was that from 374/375 plates.
  • But on second thought...the majority of these colonies turned out to be the parent vector, which looks like 374. If it were the added part making these cultures lighter, then why didn't these parents look like 374 (darker)?? It must be because of another factor that those cultures were darker. But why?? WhYY??!!
  • 376: Looks lighter than 377, 380 or 381.

AustinDay 12:11, 24 September 2007 (EDT)

  • analytical gel from yesterday:


  • Lanes are:
  • I716374/5 H4 #2 I716374
  • I716374/5 H4 #3 I716375
  • I716375/4 H4 #3 I716375
  • I716374 H3 #1 Wrong
  • I716382 H3 #1 Right
  • I716382 H3 #2 Right
  • I716374 H3 #2 I716375
  • I716374 H3 #3 I716375
  • I716382 H4 #1 Right
  • I716382 H4 #2 Right

  • I716374 Expected: 4746/1322/1120/549/264/104/57
  • I716375 Expected: 5313/1322/1120/549/264/104/57
  • I716382 Expected: 6568/2340/1322/549/264/104
  • The parent vectors for each construct has only 3 bands. The fact that all of these have more than 3 suggests that they aren't the parent, at least.
  • All of the mini prepped colonies showed heme expression.

  • I'm going to go ahead and use, for the next steps...
    • I716374/5 H4 #2 (potential 374)
    • I716374/5 H4 #3 (Potential 375)
    • I716374 H3 #2 (potential 374)
    • I716375 H3 #4
  • I'm putting 019 and 269 into each of those vectors.

AustinDay 19:05, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Some of the 374 and 375 colonies turned really red. Much more red than the hemABCD alone. The only difference between the two is that the hem genes were attached to the hemoglobin genes. I'm not exactly sure if the increased redness is a good thing. The cells aren't induced, and I don't think the hemoglobin cassette could express enough to make that much of a difference. I don't think I overgrew them, but these guys are pretty damn red. I'll mini prep them to do analyticals and make sure that everything is as it should be. I'll also pellet some of the white colonies.
  • The pbacB constructs which should have had attached hemABCD genes are about the same redness as the heme genes alone in the 9145 plasmid in DH10B. This is expected.

AustinDay 19:37, 22 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Grew up a bunch of colonies from the stuff I made yesterday.
  • The negative plates fo rhte pbacb construct had a lot of colonies, as well as the negative plate from the hemABCD part. I'm doubtful that any of the colonies on the actual plates are the product... I still grew some up to perhaps do any analytical digest on them. I'm going to have to remake that. I wonder what was wrong though...each construct had easily identifiable bands. They were well separated and easily cut out. mmmm....
  • I also grew up the hem attached to the hemoglobin petDUET cassette and the version. (I716374 and 375)
  • I also grew up the hem attached to the hemoglobin and antioxidant cassette. (368 and 369)

AustinDay 23:57, 20 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Mini prepped the 4 clones of the T7-hema/b/c/d-TT from kristin's plate. Clone #3 was the darkest. #2 looked white. #4 was second.
  • I did a test digest on the I716368 and I716369 parts. (petDUET hemoglobins with antioxidants and cytochromes). The bands appear to be correct. (Shown below) Expected size ~5600. Band looks slightly larger. But if you look on the actual gel, it's pretty close.


  • I also transformed the 354 and 356 plasmids into lefty straight into culture so I can mini prep them tomorrow and add the heme to them. I'm also going to put the heme cassette into the BAC. I believe I should transform that into the pir116 strain. When the part is inserted, one of the origins is removed. The R6K origin is left, and I believe that is why a pir116 strain is used.

AustinDay 14:15, 19 September 2007 (EDT)

  • So those plates we poured seem suspicious. A few reports of nothing growing on them, one from myself. Not sure what it could be. Put 5g ampilicin salt into 50ml of millipore water. 500ul into 500ml of freshly prepared, not too hot LB Agar. Poured. Let sit 2-3 days on the bench.
  • I used the gel purification products from yesterday which didn't work, possibly because of bad plates, and religated and transformed them. (These are going to be the 362+019 and 364 + 019).
  • I'm suspicious of the bands used for the transformations though. I suspect that the transformations aren't going to work because the gels had extra bands which seemed to be partially cut plasmid. But the digestion went for 2 hours. Maybe I messed up the conditions? In any case, I'm going to set up the digests for this transformation again overnight and come back and either cheer or do them again in the morning.
  • I also inserted the T7-hemA/B cassettes into the pBACb plasmid.

  • Also wanted to organize further what the different hemoglobin constructs should be.
    • Hemoglobin: Gel needed to show that expression level is low without heme genes. Demonstrate soluble vs insoluble hemoglobin.
    • Hemoglobin + heme: Gel needed to show that expression level is high with heme genes. Note color change. Demonstrate soluble vs insoluble hemoglobin.
    • Hemoglobin + heme + cytochromes: To show color change due to reduction of heme centers.
    • Hemoglobin + heme + AHSP: Need to demonstrate that hemoglobin is stabilized. (Insoluble vs soluble portions on a gel)
    • Hemoglobin + heme + sodC/KatG: Need to demonstrate that the cell is in better condition. (OD Measurements?)
    • Hemoglobin + heme + sodC/katG + cytochromes + AHSP: Complete cassette without metAP
    • Hemoglobin + heme + sodC/katG + cytochromes + AHSP + metAP: Complete cassette. PO2 should be slightly different than previous.

AustinDay 14:40, 17 September 2007 (EDT)

  • So I'm new to the 1,2,3 method and I didn't pre-transform my plasmids into the right strains. I did that for AHSP and cytochromes today so I can verify the sod/kat insertion and add the cytochromes tomorrow by sequencing.
  • I also finished the pBacb plasmid stuffs. I'm assuming that's correct because of the color change.

AustinDay 18:40, 15 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Picked colonies of the 362/364 and pcon-hem colonies.
  • mini prepped the pBACb and I716436 cultures. (The 364 culture to give back to sam. Contained the pcon promoter)
  • What to do ... what to do...
  • The problem right now is with the heme genes. Turning them on = kills the cells. The current strategy seems to be trying out weaker and weaker promoters. First the T7 variants, and now pCON. I want to be trying more things in parallel, but what else to try...?
    • I could be trying to use weaker promoters than the pCON. But what is weaker? And what do we have? I need to ask someone...
    • Weaker promoters might eventually stop being red, then I won't have a

AustinDay 23:34, 14 September 2007 (EDT)

  • I picked a colony of the pBACb.
  • I also ligated and transformed the 362 and 364 parts. (antioxidant insertions into the biobrick petDUET cassette)
  • Made a crapload of media and plates, YAY!

AustinDay 18:23, 13 September 2007 (EDT)

  • I grew up colonies of the righty and lefty colonies for inserting the sodC/katG genes into the petDUET hemoglobin cassette. (Righty for the antioxidants and lefty for the two hemoglobin constructs)
  • I also finished ligating and transforming the pBACb plasmid.

AustinDay 13:27, 11 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Been having a bit of trouble adding the sodC/katG genes to the petDUET hemoglobin construct. I've tried twice already doing a Bam/Xho, Bgl/Xho insertion. I can't do dbbs because there is no secondary enzyme that isnt' internal to the sodC/katG genes. I'm currently attempting to digest the dbbs pcr product with Eco/bam bgl/xho, ligate them, gel purify, then paste the band that represents the ligated product into a 9145 vector e/x.
  • I'm going to try the 123 method next. This is getting a bit troublesome.
  • Once I get a chance, I'll start adding the cytochrome genes to the hem cassette, without the sodC added first. In fact, I should probably create all the constructs with the hemoglobin genes first so we can compare them as they're added.
  • Need hem genes before cytochromes.
  • Need hemoglobin genes before anything.
  • Need SodC/katG before hem genes.
  • Need AHSP at the end.
  • Order: Hemoglobin + SodC/katG + Hem genes + Cytochromes + AHSP

AustinDay 21:22, 8 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Planning for the next protein gel. (All petDUET constructs)
    • Hemoglobin
    • Hemoglobin + sodC/katG
    • Hemoglobin + sodC/katG + cytochrome b5/b5 reductase
    • Hemoglobin + sodC/katG + cytochrome b5/b5 reductase + AHSP
    • Hemoglobin + sodC/katG + cytochrome b5/b5 reductase + AHSP + hemA/hemB/hemC/hemD
    • Negative
    • + Hemoglobin

AustinDay 15:08, 7 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Okay, first priority. Put the hem genes with the alternative T7 promoters into a construct and test it. I have the hem with the T7's in a cassette. I need to paste them into a construct today. The test only needs to have the hemoglobin and heme, in fact, just the hemoglobin would probably work. I'll do that in parallel as well. (Transofmr the hem cassette into BLR and subclone into the biobricked petDUET plasmid.

  • Observations of induction:
    • Growing up a culture and seeding it into another culture a day later and inducing results in white cells.
    • I tried seeding a culture from a 2 day old initial culture without inducing, but still got white culture.
    • It seems that the cells are dying even without being induced.

AustinDay 19:34, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Just figured out that (because the ladder was so dilute) that the I716362 and 364 clones I picked were all parent. I'm going to redo the transformation/ligation for those parts and see what happens.

AustinDay 02:22, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Just testing:

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row 1, cell 1 row 1, cell 2 row 1, cell 3
row 2, cell 1 row 2, cell 2 row 2, cell 3

AustinDay 15:58, 4 September 2007 (EDT)

  • To do:
    • Grow up some of the XXX358 and XXX360 clones and try inducing them. Probably will have to wait till tomorrow to do that because there isn't enough time today. Growing up in shaker
    • Subclone in the nexy part (cytochromes) (Put off adding the hem genes until maybe kristin will have a better version.) Make sure to add the hem genes last because we will probably modify that T7 promoter strength in the case that stuff is still toxic even with the antioxidant enzymes. Digest started: Digest Cytochrome cassette with bgl2/Xho and the XXX362/364 clones with BamHI/Xho to add the cytochrome cassettes
      Going to hold off on the addition of the weakened promoter parts with hem until I test if the antioxidants help tomorrow
    • If the basically biobricked (XXX358/XXX360) parts will die, try the different strength promoters on the hem genes instead.

AustinDay 04:01, 2 September 2007 (EDT)

  • I transformed the potentially good clones of the hemoglobin cassettes + sodC/katG into BLR. I also grew up many more colonies of the bad clones and the potentially good ones.
  • Digested the new clones and did an analytical gel.


  • The results for good clones should be:
    • I716358 (First 6 lanes): 7605/2054 (If right, transform into BLR)
    • I716360 (Next 4 lanes): 8031/2054 (If right, transform into BLR)
    • I716362 (Next 5 lanes): 4228/2048 (If right, save to add hem genes and cytochrome)
    • I716364 (Next 5 lanes): 4795/2048 (If right, save to add hem genes and cytochrome)
    • I716365 (Next 4 lanes): 4275/2048 (If right, save to add hem genes and cytochrome)
    • I716366/377 (Next 4 lanes, 2 66 and 2 67): 2283/2063 (If right, save to insert into the petDUET construct, if kristin doesn't have the ABC ready yet)

Lane Assignments:

  • Lanes 1-6: I716358 #1,2,3,6 were good
  • Lane 7: Ladder
  • Lanes 8-11: I716360 #1, 3,4 were good
  • Lanes 12, 14-16: I716362 All parent
  • Lanes 13: Ladder
  • Lane 17,18, 20-23: I716364 All parent
  • Lane 19: Ladder
  • Lane 24-27, 29: I716365 Clones all bad
  • Lane 28: Ladder
  • Lane 30-32: I716366 All clones potentially good
  • Lane 32-34: I716367 All clones potentially good

AustinDay 15:36, 1 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Grew up those clones, a lot of them were bad. I did a colony pcr on some more clones.

AustinDay 20:59, 28 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Found shirts. Yellow Ones. They will be awesome.
  • Transformed in the sodC/katG into th corresponding vectors (biobricked cassettes and the petDUET cassettes)

AustinDay 17:54, 23 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Things to be done next:
    • Get estimates on pins and shirts and boxes/candy.
    • Add accessory genes to the biobricked petDUET constructs.
    • Change the T7 promoter on the hem genes so that it's weaker. (Contact kristin for that)
    • Add the SOD/KAT genes to the non-petDUET hemoglobin cassette.
  • Note about shirts:
    • pique shirts are kind of rough and look and feel like elementary school uniforms.
    • 100% polyester shirts feel thin and kind of cheap.
    • izod shirts are pretty nice, even the non micro pique ones. Similar to interweaved shirts. (They were polyester/cotton blends)
    • Most Cotton/polyester shirts felt soft and strong (~20% polyester was best, 40% polyester felt cheap)
    • interweaved shirts are much softer than pique, but feel a bit thin and easily torn.
    • Couldn't find the kind of shirt chris was talking about, but my conclusion is that any decent shirt that has a ~20% polyester ~80% cotton blend might be best. This is consistent with the shirt chris mentioned, as that is also a polyester and cotton blend.

AustinDay 16:17, 23 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Sequencing came back: (There appears to be a tube switch, I can't tell if it's on my end or their end)
    • Both ADHE clones appear to have the gene! Finally...
    • The best all around mutant appears to be perfect!
    • There seems to be a good unmodified hemoglobin clone in one of those tubes, not sure which one...There also appears to be a questionable second best mutant (but probably good). Although there is another second best mutant clone that looks better.
    • The I716092 part got a really bad read. You can see pieces of both alpha and beta, so it's probably good, but it'd be nice to get a better read on that one.
  • They said they're going to redo the bad ones.
  • Next step with the ADHE clones: Figure out an assay and do it.
  • Next step with biobricked petDUET hemoglobin cassettes. Start the construction of all of the accessory genes, but we need to verify the activity of it before we get too far in. I can add the hem genes today.

AustinDay 18:19, 22 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Here's an analytical I ran today to determine the sequencing.


  • Lane 1: Ladder
  • Lane 2: I716353 #1 Looks right Going to sequence.
  • Lane 3: I716353 #2 Looks right Going to sequence.
  • Lane 4: I716354 2-1 #1 Missing 1402 band, WRONG
  • Lane 5: I716354 2-1 #2 Looks correct Going to sequence.
  • Lane 6: I716356 1-1 Wrong
  • Lane 7: I716356 1-2 Looks correct, but the bands are ~on top of each maybe not... Going to sequence.
  • Lane 8: I716357 1-1 Looks correct Going to sequence.
  • Lane 9: I716357 2-1 Looks correct Going to sequence.
  • Lane 10: Ladder
  • Lane 11: Ladder
  • I also pulled out this really long white hair on my arm. I swear, it must be like 5 times longer than all of the others. I'll see how long it takes for it to grow back.

AustinDay 12:46, 21 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Recently, I've done a retransformation of the ADHE part scaled up by 3. I only got 2 colonies on that plate... There was nothing on the negative control, so I picked them, although I'll still plan for another method of cloning that part in.
  • I've finished the final quickchange on the petDUET hemoglobin cassettes and I've picked colonies. I'll screen and sequence them today, hopefully, if they grow up in time.
  • So there was a problem with the induced biobricked hemoglobin-hem-cytochrome cassette. It's probably the cytochrome cassette that is being toxic. I've doing a test today to see if the cells are dying when induced with the cytochrome cassette. I'm also going to paste in the sodC and ketG genes to see if that'll help. All these attempts are just for testing, because the actual construct will use the petDUET biobricked cassette.
  • Still to do today:
    • Digest the I716096 and add the cytochrome cassette.
    • Digest the sodc/katg part and add it to the hemoglobin/cytochrome/hem cassettes.
    • Induce the I716351 and I716099 cultures and compare to the uninduced.

AustinDay 01:38, 20 August 2007 (EDT)

  • To do:
    • Digest the mini preps of the S3 of the quickchanged petDUET cassettes. If they all check out, pcr out the cassette and paste into a 9145 plasmid. (Digest the 9145-1144 plasmid in parallel after the pcr for the ADHE gene)

AustinDay 20:20, 18 August 2007 (EDT)

  • All of the ADHE plates have less colonies than the controls. (Only very slightly for the petDUET plates and significantly for the 9145 plates)
  • The I716099 and 351 cultures that I induced and let grow at 30 degrees overnight looked....only slightly more pinkish than the control. This is disturbing, considering that I seeded them with significantly dark reddish looking colonies. WTF man?



AustinDay 16:05, 17 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Picked 4 more I716098 colonies because the previously picked colonies all looked white.
  • Picked 4 colonies of each of the mutants that were the S3 of the biobricking of the petDUET cassette.
  • Still need to try another transformation of the I716353 part. (ADHE)

AustinDay 21:29, 15 August 2007 (EDT)

  • To do for tomorrow:
    • Digest the quickchanges with DpnI, transform, and plate.
    • Check sequencing.
    • Pick colonies of the 351 and 99 parts in BLR.
    • Start the quickchange on the 92 part.

AustinDay 19:08, 14 August 2007 (EDT)

  • To do for tomorrow:
    • Mini prep and take the I716092 construct and do the the first step in the quickchange reactions. (Sequence it also) Redid the quickchange, I realized I used the wrong oligos. The analytical gel I did on them showed that the I716093 #2 part was wrong, so I didn't include that one.
    • Check the sequencing results for the I716351 part and the I716353 part. Sequencing didn't come in yet
    • Make the 096 and 098 parts again. (The digests went overnight)
    • Make the 099 (Check the cultures) and 351 parts again. (So long as the sequencing came back negative)
  • Gel of the I716099 clones, the I716092 clone, and the I716351 clone.


  • Lane 1: Ladder
  • Lane 2: I716099 E/X #1 Wrong
  • Lane 3: I716099 E/X #2 Lots of uncut, but looks correct
  • Lane 4: I716099 E/X #3 Lots of uncut, but looks correct
  • Lane 5: I716099 E/X #4 Lots of uncut, but looks correct
  • Lane 6: I716099 E/X #5 Correct
  • Lane 7: I716092 E/X #3 Correct
  • Lane 8: I716351 E/X #2 Correct

AustinDay 21:55, 13 August 2007 (EDT)

  • To do for tomorrow:
    • Sequence the I716351 part. It looks correct, but suspiciously so (it's not brown) Done
    • Pick colonies of the I716353 and I716092 parts. (Did a colony pcr)

*** Colony PCR gel is here for I716092:


* Lane #4 (clone #3) looks good. Lane 1 has a product, but it's the single alpha subunit size. The other has both.

    • Mini prep the cultures in the fridge of the second quickchange step and do the third. Done
  • The gel of restriction digests show that they all quickchanged correctly, but that one of the plasmids is smaller than it should be.


  • The constructs are very close in size, except for that one in lane 5.
  • The lanes that aren't obviously ladders go from left to right: I716091 #1 / I716091 #2 / I716093 #1 / I716093 #2 / I716094 #1 / I716094 #2.

AustinDay 15:00, 13 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Gel from the I716088 colony PCR:


  • Lanes 1 and 4 look good.
  • I took both clones 1 and 4 from the cpcr plate and mixed them into a culture. I digested that with Nde/Bgl2 to prepare for the insertion of the 84 pcr product of the di-alpha part. This should complete the I716092 part.
  • I also digested the petDUET plasmid with NdeI/Xho and transformed in the ADHE part.
  • I did an analytical gel on the 353 part from the previous transformation of the ADHE part. (Results below)
  • I also did an analytical gel on the I716351 and I716099 parts to see if the cytochrome cassette was inserted, or if the hem cassette was missing or something. (Just to figure out what's going on) Results below.


  • Lane 1: Ladder
  • Lane 2: petDUET (N/X) (Correct, as far as I can tell)
  • Lane 3: I716088 (N/Bg) Dirty, but correct
  • Lane 4: I716099 (E/X) Wrong, looks like a blank insert (without the hem genes), which makes sense
  • Lane 5: I716351 #1 (N/X) Dirty, but looks correct
  • Lane 6: I716353 #1 (E/X) Wrong
  • Lane 7: I716353 #2 (E/X) Dirty, but looks correct
  • Lane 8: Ladder

  • So I transformed the I716092 part and the I716353 part today.
  • The cultures of the S2 quickchange petDUET cassettes are growing up in the incubator. I'll put them in the fridge before I leave because they're almost done and I wouldn't be able to do the next step in time.

AustinDay 21:40, 12 August 2007 (EDT)

  • To do tomorrow:
    • Send the I716351 and I716099 parts for sequencing to find out what's up with the cytochrome insertion.
    • Pick colonies of the quickchanged colonies and sequence. Do the next quickchange if there is time.
    • Mini prep the petDUET culture and continue to insert the ADHE gene. (NdeI/Xho, NOT Bgl2/Xho)
    • Check colony pcr for correct I716088 bands. Grow up the corresponding colonies on the plates.

AustinDay 22:14, 11 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Yesterday I started the first step of the quickchange to biobrick the petDUET cassette. I proceeded with the second step today.
  • To do tomorrow:
    • Digest the second quickchange step with DpnI and transform. (Done)
    • Run a gel to verify the size of the I716092 part from the digest left overnight. (Done, it was wrong: As a result, I'm rescreening some of the I716088 colonies I used to make the I716092 part. I'm also redoing the pcr that leads to the construction of the I716092 part)
    • Miniprep and digest the petDUET grow up to insert ADHE into. (I experimented by miniprepping off a plate. It was really dirty so I just grew up another one for tomorrow)

AustinDay 22:02, 9 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Ran the western. Here's the gel.


  • Note: The concentrations for the positive controls were made, then 100ul of that concentration was added to 180ul of SDS+Dtt solution.
  • It looks like I716091/3/4 are expressing, as well as the biobricked versions, although it seems as though they are expressing less.
  • There seems to be something going on in the 30kb region. That would be the band size for the di-alpha fusion product, and it's definitely darker for those samples that are supposed to have them. But the positive controls have those bands in addition to two other heavier bands. Wtf? Maybe the proteins weren't fully denatured or something. I'll assume that something went wrong with the denaturation and concentrate on the bands from the samples.
  • It's going to be hard to estimate the concentration of the samples because even the lowest concentration positive control looks oversaturated. If I had to guess I would say that our concentration is still like....2-3 orders of magnitude, or possibly more, than the physiological concentration (the 15g/dl positive control) Chris suggests that I should do just a plain coomassie gel on the samples and see if I can get any bands.
  • Bottom line:
    • Hemoglobin is present and being expressed, but there are unknown bands of high weight that I can't account for. I did overload them though...)
    • The dialpha fusion product looks correct and is being expressed for the samples that are supposed. There also seems to be a less bright band for the samples that shouldn't have it. Not sure what's causing that.
    • Another gel should be run, probably just a comassie stained gel, now that we know that hemoglobin is in there.
    • The next gel should include samples of the biobricked petDUET cassette, along with the hem genes.

AustinDay 14:04, 8 August 2007 (EDT)

  • I tried to weigh out .03g of hemoglobin, but a lot of it stuck to the spatula and to the plate. I guess the best estimate is that I left ~.05g behind. (conservative estimate), making the tube I have .025g of hemoglobin.
  • Oh yeah, and I ran the western. Gotta go to the lake and Bbq though, so I'll post them up later.

AustinDay 16:36, 7 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Samples for western.
    • Lane 1: petDUET
    • Lane 2: BLR
    • Lane 3: + 5g/dl
    • Lane 4: + 1g/dl
    • Lane 5: + .1g/dl
    • Lane 6: I716091
    • Lane 7: I716092
    • Lane 8: I716093
    • Lane 9: I716094
    • Lane 10: Ladder
    • Lane 11: I716083
    • Lane 12: I716085
    • Lane 13: I716086
    • Lane 14: Hanna's Sample 1
    • Lane 15: Hanna's Sample 2
  • I'm should be able to run the western tomorrow, (finally). With the corresponding lanes.
  • I cloned the hemoglobin cassette with the hema/hemb genes for the I716095/7 clones. The gel verified the size of the cut band, and I got a dark brown phenotype. The next step where I attach the cytochrome cassette didn't result in colored cultures. I put those aside because they should at least be dark, if not red. I'll grow some more up tonight, but I'll also redo the construction. I'm not sure what these could be unless it were the parent vector from the cytochrome cassette digestion. I'll redigest that and run the gel extra long before I cut the band.
  • I've been having a bit of trouble with the ADHE cloning. The pcr product is very faint. I'll make another genomic mini prep of a grow up of TG1 cells tomorrow.

AustinDay 04:44, 4 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Alright, new plan. Biobricks doesn't seem to work with the heme expression assay. I'll run it again in parallel with the petDUET constructs, but if that shows that the biobricked version aren't working, then I'm going to put them aside and biobrick the petDUET constructs.
  • To biobrick the petDUET construct, I'm going to need to knock out an Ecor1, BglII, and a XhoI site, then get the oligos to pcr out the part and add the proper flanking restriction sites.

AustinDay 14:25, 3 August 2007 (EDT)

  • The analytical gel on the I716088 clones said that the #2 clone is good, so I took that to the next step to create the petDUET construct for best yield. (I716092)
  • I digested the cytochrome cassette for insertion into the 4 mutant hemoglobin cassettes in biobricks format. I ligated and transformed those. For the I716083 (unmodified hemoglobin) I didn't have a pool, so I digested a single clone of that, for the I716084/5/6, I had pools, so I went ahead and used them for the construction. I figure the one single clone is a backup in case the pools fail horribly so that I can still test the cytochromes with the hem genes for monday. Now that I think about it though, I'm going to follow up with single clones of I716084/5/6, I'll digest those overnight, along with another aliquot of the cytochrome cassette.
  • As of now, the western is planned for monday/tuesday and will include the biobricks as well as the petDUET of the hemoglobin expressing cassettes with supplemented hemin, as well as the biobricks construct with the hem and cytochrome cassettes.
  • I'm redoing all of these because this was the gel I got today...
  • Ran a gel of the one 92, 99, and 100 (I716XXX) parts.


  • Lane 1: Ladder
  • Lane 2: I716092 2-1
  • Lane 3: I716099 1-1
  • Lane 4: I716099 1-2
  • Lane 5: I716099 1-3
  • Lane 6: I71609100 1-1
  • Lane 7: I71609100 1-2
  • Lane 8: I71609100 1-3
  • Lane 9: I71609100 1-4
  • Lane 10: I71609100 2-1
  • Lane 11: I71609100 2-2
  • Lane 12: I71609100 2-3
  • Lane 13: Ladder

AustinDay 14:50, 2 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Didn't update yesterday, was kinda busy. Here's the report for yesterday:
  • I grew up in equal volumes and equal starting amounts of the I716091/93/94, induced and added hemin at ~mid log and grew for 3 more hours then harvested. I pelleted them and the control looked significantly lighter than the others. I suppose that's the first sign of goodness. The iptg concentration was ~.5mM and the hemin concentration was ~.34mM. (Note: The hemin was a solution with .0205g hemin in .5ml DMSO, and the IPTG is at 1M, I added 30ul of hemin solution and 3ul of IPTG to 5ml of culture)
  • I also took the construction of the heme+cytochrome+hemoglobin cassette to the next step.

AustinDay 23:24, 30 July 2007 (EDT)


  • Here is the gel from the clones I picked from what should be the complete petDUET cassette. Here are the lanes and results.
    • Lane 1: Ladder
    • Lane 2: I716091 #1 Expected ~500, Correct
    • Lane 3: I716091 #2 Expected ~500, Correct
    • Lane 4: I716091 #3 Expected ~500, Correct
    • Lane 5: I716091 #4 Expected ~500, Correct
    • Lane 6: I716093 #1-1 Expected ~1000, Wrong
    • Lane 7: I716093 #1-2 Expected ~1000, Wrong
    • Lane 8: I716093 #2-1 Expected ~1000, Correct
    • Lane 9: I716093 #2-2 Expected ~1000, Correct
    • Lane 10: I716094 #1 Expected ~500, Wrong
    • Lane 11: I716094 #2 Expected ~500, Wrong
    • Lane 12: I716094 #3 Expected ~500, Correct
    • Lane 13: I716094 #4 Expected ~500, Correct
    • Lane 14: Ladder
  • So I took the I716091 #1, I716083 #2-1, and I716094 #3 clones, sequenced them as best I could (because one has a double alpha subunit) and I transformed them into petDUET.
  • Also took kristin's hemA/B construct and I'm going to add that into my cassette. I'm hypothesizing that the heme biosynthesis bottleneck is significant and could be contributing to the lack of color. that I think about it, the antibodies should still bind to the misfolded hemoglobin proteins even if there weren't enough heme. mmm...

AustinDay 19:17, 29 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I grew up Madhvi's colonies, the DH10B's in LB and the others in Cam.
  • I grew up 4 of each type of clone of I716091/3/4 (petDUET cassette)
  • I've miniprepped the colonies I grew up yesterday of the petDUET beta insertions. I'm hoping to digest them and ligate and transform them today. I'll send things for sequencing tomorrow.
  • I've tried a few programs that look at mRNA secondary structure. But I'm not sure how to identify termination hairpins or detremental secondary structures. For transcription termination, I imagine I can look at various types of terminators, some of which must work by hairpin formation. However, I'm not sure how to identify what kind of secondary structure would stop translation.
  • Update from previous entries: I only got one more good colony that is a I716090 type. I'm redoing the pcr digestion for all of them, in case the ones that seemed good were bad. I think I may have forgot to add DpnI when I digested it the first time, which explains the very low yield.

AustinDay 19:07, 28 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I did the digest for the petDUET beta insertion plasmids. Turns out that the yield is pretty low. Here's the analytical gel.

Lane 1: Ladder
Lane 2: I716087 #1 Correct
Lane 3: I716087 #2 Wrong
Lane 4: I716088 #1 Wrong
Lane 5: I716088 #2 Wrong
Lane 6: I716089 #1 Correct
Lane 7: I716089 #2 Correct
Lane 8: I716090 #1 Correct
Lane 9: I716090 #2 Wrong
Lane 10: Ladder

  • This analytical gel digested the portions around the beta subunit, so there should be a band at ~500, which there is for I716087 #1, I716089 #1 and #2, and Possibly for I716090 #1. (Gotta look closely, very faint) I digested those with NdeI/BglII and cut them out. I ligated them with the corresponding alpha subunit already digested previously.
  • I grew up more colonies of the parts that didn't have a band at ~500. I'll mini those and do another gel on them tomorrow, basically trail behind the good parts today by one day. I'll sequence a bunch of these guys on monday becuase quintara doesn't work on weekends.

  • And here are the results of the 96 well assay. (Not good...)
  • Smaller plate (Control row is the top one)


  • Larger plate (Control row is the bottom one)


  • The 96 well plate showed no colonies that looked significantly different from the controls. Not the best outcome...
  • So these were transformed from a sequenced plasmid that was confirmed to have the correct cassette to express hemoglobin into BLR strain and plated. The plate appeared to have a good number of colonies. These colonies were picked and used in the 96 well plate assay. Possibilities for incorrectness?

    • Secondary structure is forming somewhere in the cassette and is prevent its transcription/translation.
      • To test a possible secondary structure complication due to the biobricks format, the next attempt if this is the case is to put the parts into the petDUET plasmid and test expression there. If there is significantly more expression in petDUET, then that would indicate that it's a problem with the biobricks format or the parts other than the hemoglobin subunits that I am using. If there is still a problem in the petDUET plasmid, it may be because of a secondary structure consideration within in the subunits themselves. I'll see if I can find any online programs that might be able to test this hypothesis out in the meantime.

    • Hemoglobin is being expressed, but at levels too low to detect by eye in a pellet, possibly due to a bottleneck in the heme biosynthesis pathway or possible toxicity issues.
      • To test this possibility, I should include a strain with and without the heme genes from Kristin on a protein gel. This is the only way to distinguish the redness being from heme, from actual hemoglobin. I'm surprised if this were the problem because I did add extra heme and iron to the induction solution I used for the 96 well assay, so I would bet against this possibility. As for the gel, I'll pick some more colonies from the plate which I used for the 96 well assay. (I'll also do an analyt ical digest in the meantime to make sure that they have the right sized cassettes, which would be a strong indicator that they have the correct cassette.)
      • I don't think that toxicity is the problem here. I've previously grown up an induced colony in a previous 96 well plate, plated that, then grew that up in media, and the cassette was still perfect. So I don't think the cells are dying.

  • My best guess is that there is something wrong with the secondary structure, but that seems like such a bad excuse to me, not sure why, but I don't like it. I'll see if I can verify that secondary structure prediction using some programs online though.

AustinDay 12:10, 27 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I grew up 2 96 well plates of the various mutants that should have the hemoglobin cassette in BLR. Induced after 3 hours and left in the 37.


  • I also grew up 3 of each of the beta insertions of the petDUET plasmid. I miniprepped them and digested them overnight.
  • Induction solution for this round:

160 ul IPTG 1M
100ul of iron
7ml lb
3.75ml hemin (filtered)
Add ~50 ul to each (About .75 mM)

AustinDay 14:02, 26 July 2007 (EDT)


  • Lane 1: I716085 cpcr #6 Good
  • Lane 2: Ladder
  • Lane 3: petDUET Good
  • Lane 4: I716058 Good
  • Lane 5: I716084 Good enough
  • Lane 6: I716085 cpcr #1 Good
  • Lane 7: I716085 cpcr #2 Good
  • Lane 8: I716085 cpcr #3 Bad
  • Lane 9: I716085 cpcr #4 Good
  • Lane 10: I716085 cpcr #5 Good
  • Lane 11: Ladder
  • So it appears as though I can't do a colony pcr. Great. In any case, there are multiple good hits and I'll choose 2 of them to sequence.
  • I cut out the correct sized band for the petDUET, I716085, and I716084 plasmids. I'll take those on to the next step.
  • I also transformed the hemoglobin cassettes into the BLR strains and plated them (instead of going straight to culture like last time, mistake!)

AustinDay 21:55, 25 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I attempted 2 colony PCRs on a total of 15 clones picked from the I716085 plate to try to get another good plasmid to sequence. Something was wrong though because none of the colonies gave bands. I followed the protocol and double checked the program, but still nothing. For some reason I didn't really trust that, so I grew up a few colonies and miniprepped them. I didn't have enough time to run a gel, but I have the digestions for tomorrow morning ready.
  • On the BLR hemoglobin cassette front, I grew up 4 cultures in the 37 shaker and 4 cultures in the 30 degree shaker until mid log, induced with a solution of iron, hemin, and IPTG, and I'm letting those go overnight. The clones are I716083, I716084, I716086, and 9145-1092 (a negative control). These are single clones with numbers associated with them. Hopefully this will show a phenotype. If not, I'll have to rely on putting them into the petDUET plasmid.
  • That petDUET plasmid actually did grow yesterday, on the plate and in culture. I did a digest on that, but I didn't like how the digestion came out. Since the I716058 pcr (to add the restriction sites to insert the various parts into the petDUET plasmid) looked like it was the wrong part, I figure I must have switched something where. The bands weren't even the close or the right sizes. Since I'm redoing the pcr with the other I716058 clone, I"m also going to redo the petDUET digestion and the I716084 digest because I didn't like how they looked.

AustinDay 04:11, 24 July 2007 (EDT)

  • The sequencing says that there is at least one good clone for each construct except for I716085, I'm going to do a colony pcr on 5 more clones from that plate and sequence the promising colonies.
  • The oligos for the RBS library construction came in, but I suppose I should characterize a working plasmid before trying to tune it, so I'm going to delay that pcr for a little bit.
  • I'm going to transform what appear to be the good plasmids into cultures and see if I can detect phenotypes under different growth conditions (Temperature, induction times, etc...) I'll use a plain BLR strain with 9145-1092 as the negative control.
  • Got oligos for the petDUET insertion. However, the 1ul of plasmid that I transformed into culture...wasn't growing after 5 or 6 hours. I'm not sure what went wrong, I was just a transformation. I also did a bunch of other transofrmations into culture using the same media. The antibiotic is correct, as far as it is labeled. I did a little test to make sure it is the correct antibiotic.

AustinDay 15:48, 23 July 2007 (EDT)

  • Did an analytical gel on those cultures I was playing around with. (previously induced, but brown for some reason), as well as the naive cultures in DH10B. Let's check this out:


  • The lanes and results are:
    • Ladder
    • I716084 #1z (Grown from the plate of the induced 96 well plate; grew brownish): Expected 2063/1522, Observed: Dark band ~2000 / light band ~1400 / light band ~500;
      Conclusion: Wrong dude
    • I716086 #1z (Grown from the plate of the induced 96 well plate): Expected: 2063/1096, Observed: Medium dark band at ~3000 / Dark band at ~2000 / very light band at ~1750 / medium dark band at ~1100;
      Conclusion: Partially cut, but mostly correct. Unexplained band at ~1750
    • I716086 #2z (Grown from the plate of the induced 96 well plate; grew brownish): Expected: 2063/1096, Observed: Medium dark band at ~3000 / Dark band at ~2000 / very light band at ~1750 / medium dark band at ~1100;
      Conclusion: Partially cut, but mostly correct. Unexplained band at ~1750
    • I716083 #1 Naive: Expected: 2063/1096 Observed: Very dark band at ~2500 / Very dark band at ~2000 / medium dark band at ~1100;
      Conclusion: Correct, but with an odd amount of uncut plasmid.
    • I716083 #2 Naive: Expected: 2063/1096 Observed: Very dark band at ~2500 / Very dark band at ~2000 / medium dark band at ~1100;
      Conclusion: Correct, but with an odd amount of uncut plasmid.
    • I716083 #3 Naive: Expected: 2063/1096 Observed: Dark band at ~2100 / dark band at ~1100
      Conclusion: Correct
    • I716083 #4 Naive: Expected: 2063/1096 Observed: Very light band at ~2900 / Dark band at ~2100 / dark band at ~1100
      Conclusion: Correct, but with a slight amount of single cut plasmid
    • I716084 #1 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Very light band at ~3500 / Dark band at ~2000 / Dark band at ~1500
      Conclusion: slightly partially cut, but looks correct
    • I716084 #2 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Medium dark band at ~3500 / Dark band at ~2000 / Dark band at ~1500
      Conclusion: Significant is partially cut, but looks otherwise correct
    • I716084 #3 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: light band at ~3500 / Dark band at ~2000 / Dark band at ~1500
      Conclusion: Little partially cut, but looks correct
    • I716084 #4 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Medium dark band at ~3500 / Dark band at ~2000 / Dark band at ~1500
      Conclusion: Some is partially cut, but looks correct
    • Ladder:
    • I716085 #1 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Light band at ~3500 / Very dark band at ~2000 / Very dark band at ~ 1500
      Conclusion: Some singly cut, but mostly correct
    • I716085 #2 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Very Dark band at ~2000 / Very light band at ~1300
      Conclusion: Sadly, incorrect
    • I716085 #3 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Very dark band at ~2000 / Very light band at ~1400
      Conclusion: Damn wrong
    • I716085 #4 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1522 Observed: Very dark band at ~2500 / Very dark band at ~2000 / Very light band at ~ 1300
      Conclusion: Frikin wrong dude
    • I716086 #1 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1096 Observed: Very light band at ~3000 / Very dark band at ~2000 / Very dark band at ~1100
      Conclusion: Slight singly cut, but mostly correct
    • I716086 #2 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1096 Observed: Dark band at ~3000 / Dark band at ~2000 / Dark band at ~1100
      Conclusion: Significant singly cut, but probably correct
    • I716086 #3 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1096 Observed: light band at ~3000 / Very dark band at ~2000 / Very dark band at ~1100
      Conclusion: Some singly cut, but mostly correct
    • I716086 #4 Naive: Expected: 2063 / 1096 Observed: Dark band at ~3000 / Very dark band at ~2000 / Very dark band at ~1100
      Conclusion: Significant singly cut, but probably correct
    • Blank:
    • Ladder:

  • Overall conclusions: I716083 #3 and #4 look promising, I716084 #1 and #3 look promising, I716085 #1 looks promising, and I716086 #1 and #3 look promising. I'll also sequence that one that I (thought) I saw a significant phenotype with (I716086 #2z).
  • That is all, good day.

AustinDay 20:19, 21 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I also did a bit of price checking for accessory items for the jamboree thingie:
(Logo embroidery only)
Polo shirts: 10-25 bucks
T shirts: 8-15 bucks
Hoodies: ~30 bucks
Hoodies: ~31 bucks each
Hoodies: Many options, mid 30s and up. (Some look very nice)
~16 t shirts 3 colors front only
~36 for hoodies, embroidered
hoodies ~35-38 bucks
~ 26 for hoodies
~ 30 and up for hoodies
t-shirts ~11 and up
ties: ~27 and up
~15 for shirts
shirts: ~11-15
Shirts: ~15
~11 bucks, 3 colors, front *
~21 bucks for hoodies, 3 colors, 7.5 oz *?


Pricing: Cloisonne 100 200 300 500 750 1000 2000 3000 5000 10000

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1.75" $3.13 $2.61 $2.12 $1.66 $1.49 $1.42 $1.36 $1.18 $1.04 $1.01
2" $3.35 $2.83 $2.34 $1.87 $1.70 $1.64 $1.56 $1.39 $1.25 $1.22
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AustinDay 16:11, 21 July 2007 (EDT)

  • Okay... so I think I've been slacking on the notebook a little these past few days because I came in today to 6 culture tubes that I don't remember growing up or where they came from. Fun. Two of them are reddish brown, but they're probably RFP. (update: they're probably just overgrown) I'm not sure how to tell the different between the two at this point. I compared regular cultures to the heme cultures that kristin have to the red tubes that I found, but they all look fluorescent under UV light. Eh...
  • I retransformed what should be the complete hemoglobin cassettes for I716084/5/6. I'm going to pick a few colonies from each plate today and see if I can get an intact cassette.
  • I also redid the ligation/transformation for the I716083 part, I got more colonies than the second try (this is the third), but still there were very few. Whatever, I'll grow some up and hopefully get an intact cassette. I'm not going to worry about the rbs diversity anymore since I can do that IE pcr method to introduce them into cassettes. (I don't know why I didn't think to do that earlier, it sounds much easier). I already ordered the oligos to do that. The only problem is again that there are two annealing points for the alpha subunit primers, but I included an annealing region on the other end of the oligo that will increase it's tendency to anneal to the correct region. I'll still get two bands, but like the other try with a similar oligo, the good sized band is cuttable.
  • Oh wait, I remember where those mystery cultures were from. They were from the restreaks of promising colonies fro the 96 well plate. some of them are brownish? RFP? Let's find out. (The 4:1 and 6:1 z clones were the darkest)


  • Here's the analytical gel of the colonies I ran. 4:1 was brown and so was 6:2. (Digest was BglII/XhoI) The lanes are
    • Marker:
    • I716084 #1z
    • I716084 #2z
    • I716085 #1z
    • I716085 #2z
    • I716086 #1z
    • I716086 #2z
  • Kind of strange that lanes 3/4 would represent each other and 2/5 would also. Maybe I got a tube switched somewhere? In any case, there seem to be three different types of plasmids present. There is the one that has

a ~2000 and ~500 sized fragments. There is one that has ~2000 and ~1500 sized fragments. And there is one that has ~3000, ~2100, and ~1200 sized fragments.

    • The ones with the ~500 sized fragments may be a single beta or alpha subunit plasmid. I'm not sure if a single subunit would give a phenotype... assuming that the promoter is intact. The ~1500 fragments seem to resemble a complete beta/di-alpha cassette. The ~1200 fragment in the last two lanes could be representative of the correct construct for the I716086 part, which would be mutant variants of the alpha and beta subunits. I feel that I should redigest these suckers before I send some for sequencing just because it looks like a lane got switched or something... I'll also retransform the I716086 #2 plasmid to see if I can get that dark phenotype again. (I'll also retransform the second to last lane and the I716083 #1 plasmid, in case I actually switch a tube somewhere)

AustinDay 15:22, 20 July 2007 (EDT)

  • It's not a good day for hemoglobin.
  • The clones I picked straight from the I716084/5/6 plates and sequenced came back either mixed or without the genes. I don't know who's fault that is, so I did an analytical digest with either BglII/XhoI or EcoRI/BamHI.


  • Lane assignments:
    • Ladder: (Starting from top left)
    • I716084 library (The library transformed into the BLR strain)
    • I716085 library (The library transformed into the BLR strain)
    • I716085 library (The library transformed into the BLR strain)
    • All the other non-ladder lanes are various clones of I716084/5/6 plasmids transformed into the BLR strain. (All of them look really crappy)

AustinDay 18:52, 19 July 2007 (EDT)

  • So I did a 96 well plate of a bunch of the mutants that should be expressing hemoglobin. The sequencing verified that there is a promoter on them. The pellets were slightly discolored, but I'm not sure if that was due to the hemin I added or if it changed color on its own.
  • I'm going to try growing up some of the darker clones in 5ml cultures without adding hemin to see if they are actually changing color. If they are in fact a different color, then I'm going to try to do a nother 96 well plate with only adding IPTG and then choosing the darker clones from that (without hemin). I'll isolate those clones and characterize them. I'll then use that to go ahead with adding the other parts and running the protein gels to quantify the hemoglobin.

AustinDay 00:47, 18 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I put the I716084/85/86 plasmids into the BLR strains so we may see red tomorrow! S%!t! About time! (BTW: The I716071 transformation from yesterday worked like a charm.)
  • I also am lagging behind one day trying to get the I716071 pool to the same stage as the other mutants.

AustinDay 19:14, 16 July 2007 (EDT)

  • Grew up the I716071/74/75/76 pools. There were only 4 colonies on the I716071 plate, so I redid that ligation and transformation. I used 4.5ul of the fragments instead of 2, so hopefully that'll do it. I imagine that it's something else I did wrong becuase 4 is kind of a low number. I also used a 200ul of cells instead of 90. (update, after ~7 hours with TG1 cells, I can't really see any colonies. $*%&...) But at least the gel for the others looks good. I didn't want to take a picture or else I'd fry my DNA.
  • As for the 74/75/76 parts, I got a decent number of colonies, so I'm taking those ahead and putting T7 promoters in front of them. (I716105). This is the wildtype and should be the strongest that we have.
  • I also told the peoples making the accessory genes (AHSP, cytochrome stuffs, hem stuffs) To make complete cassettes so that I can include them without reduced expression. (Apparently having them all under the same operon reduces the expression of the genes near the end? Sure, why not.)

AustinDay 15:00, 14 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I took the weekend off suckas!! But I got sequencing back and all of the beta portions are good. One had a silent point mutation, but that may have been there already and I just forgot to update the sequence file. I did that just now though. I took those beta portions along with the corresponding alpha pieces to form the I716071/74/75/76 composite parts. Once I can confirm that those libraries are good, I'll take that in many directions. One of which will be to attach a T7 promoter right away and test the expression with nothing else. I'll also see if I can get those other parts (AHSP, cytochrome b5 and b5 reductase, and the hemA/B/C/D genes in front of their own T7 promoters, but I'll be able to do that in parallel with putting a T7 in front of my own part.) Then I can take my part and add each of those other parts I just mentioned individually and see the effect on yield or color. Once I can get basic characterization and verify that the parts are in fact doing something, I'll start to add more until I have a complete cassette. Somewhere in there I'll have to run a protein gel with the hemoglobin antibodies. I'll wait until I get a good number of interesting phenotypes to fill up the 15 lanes of the gel.
  • That is all, good day to you
  • Oh yea, I also tried that new oligo I got to get the di-alpha amplification product. The band was significantly brighter, but there was still 2 there and they were pretty close. I tried my best, but I'm afraid there will still be significant background. Hopefully I'll still be able to get a good sequencing read.

AustinDay 14:44, 11 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I think I figured out partially why some of the things failed. when doing the PCR on the di-alpha fusions, I forgot to take into account that the oligos for the alpha subunit will anneal to two different spots, creating less of the fragment I want (the di-alpha amplification product) and much more of the single alpha product. I ordered an oligos to solve this problem, but in the meantime, I'm going to try to cut out only the di-alpha band by doing a verrrry careful gel. We'll see how that works out.
  • Okay, the gel seemed to cut out relatively clean, I also ligated and transformed the I716080, I716081, and I716082 parts. I'll paste them together with the alpha subunits tomorrow. But I'll make sure to take it slow and do a lot of colony pcrs and analytic gels. (No more rushing through things...)

AustinDay 22:03, 9 July 2007 (EDT)

  • No red yet... DAMN!! I'm not sure what was wrong. I'm was going to sequence them, but there was some mini prepping complications...involving Mr. Yu. Anyway, I grew up those cultures again so I can mini prep them tomorrow and I also started the PCR that attaches the rbs library to the alpha and beta parts. (I'm starting over again, but I'm going to be much more careful.)
  • When I say "starting over", I mean just from the first step of the libraries. I think I may have forgot to digest with DpnI during some PCRing. I doubt that was the main problem, but I've been through the construct and it seems sound. A lot depends on any sequencing results I get back, and/or the colony PCR I will run on them tomorrow if the sequencing doesn't give me anything useful.

AustinDay 17:27, 8 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I got colonies for all of the plates, but there weren't very many for the I716084 or I716085 constructs. I suspect that it might be because the bands were very hard to see and I may not have a very high concentration of those two parts going into the ligation. I'm going to try it again with more of the insert.
  • I grew up 5 clones of each of the cassettes which potentially can express hemoglobin. I'm gong to grow them up to about mid log at 37, then add IPTG, hemin, and FeCl3 and move them to the 30 degree room overnight. Hopefully they will be somewhat different color in the morning. (Hopefully a dark chocolate color)
  • I made up a little "induction " solution, made from 125ul 1M IPTG, 100ul of ~50mM FeCl3, and 100ul of hemin. (Unknown concentration). This will make a concentration of IPTG that is ~.5mM when 4.5 of this solution is added to 5ml of culture.
  • I also made another one with 125ul 1M IPTG, 25ul FeCl3, and 10ul of Hemin. (Because the other one was too dark, didn't like it.) I'll use this mixture for the first try.

AustinDay 04:25, 7 July 2007 (EDT)

  • Okay, so yesterday I verified my sequencing and everything seemed to be alright. I completed the constructs for the three cassettes (beta / alpha) for the unmodified, highest yield, adn two best mutants.
  • We're going to go in at 2am today and scrape and grow up colonies for tomorrow. Horray!

AustinDay 21:28, 5 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I grew up the library pools of the I716080/81/82 parts and minied them and set up the PCR for the next step to construct the cassette with rbs-apha-rbs-beta, without scar sites and unmutated and 3 mutant varieties. These should give the unmodified hemoglobin, the highest yield mutant, and the two best candidates for actual use as a blood substitute.
  • Quintara doesn't work on the weekends or on holidays, what lazy asses. I'm two steps into a construction and I don't even know if the first part is correct or not. I've been carrying along 3 clones of the providence beta mutant, so one of them better be correct of I'm going to be pissed.
  • That is all, good day.

AustinDay 11:55, 4 July 2007 (EDT)

  • Grew up I716077/8/9 colonies.
  • Mini prepped the Providence single mutant betas for sequencing.
  • Mini prepped the I716077/8/9 and sequenced them.
  • Made parts I716080, 81, and 82.

AustinDay 12:56, 3 July 2007 (EDT)

  • So I figured out another thing I was doing wrong... It involved making construction files in the past and then not using them to make the part, then going back to that construction file and trying it 4 times until I figured out it was wrong. Anyway, I fixed that, and this transformation to make the providence beta mutant should damn well work.
  • I finally got my sequencing back from quintara, 3 out of 5 were correct. So I finally have both di-alpha fusions. All I need is this providence mutant to proceed with making all of the mutants for the protein gel. I hope some of those constructions turn red, or else I'll have to rethink the approach...
  • The lanes I'm going to run in the next western are planned to be:

  • (1)Ladder
  • (2)Positive (+) control (Commercial hemoglobin, known concentration; yet to be determined)
  • (3)Positive (+) control (Commercial hemoglobin, known concentration; yet to be determined)
  • (4)Positive (+) control (Commercial hemoglobin, known concentration; yet to be determined)
  • (5)Positive (+) control (My nose blood, to compare to the actual concentration of blood hemoglobin); Supernatent
  • (6)Negative (-) control with 1092 (terminator) plasmid; Pellet
  • (7)Negative (-) control with 1092 (terminator) plasmid; Supernatent
  • (8)9145-I716071: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-beta-rbs lib-alpha (Unmodified everything); Pellet
  • (9)9145-I716071: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-beta-rbs lib-alpha (Unmodified everything); Supernatent
  • (10)9145-I716074: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-beta 1X mutant, providence (Lys82Asp) - rbs lib - unmutated di-alpha- (Best Yield); Pellet
  • (11)9145-I716074: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-beta 1X mutant, providence (Lys82Asp) - rbs lib - unmutated di-alpha- (Best Yield); Supernatent
  • (12)9145-I716075: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-beta 2X mutant, providence (Lys82Asp) and Presbyterian (Asn108Lys)-rbs lib - unmutated di alpha - (Best all around); Pellet
  • (13)9145-I716075: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-beta 2X mutant, providence (Lys82Asp) and Presbyterian (Asn108Lys)-rbs lib - unmutated di alpha - (Best all around); Supernatent
  • (14)9145-I716076: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-1X mutant beta, presbyterian (Asn108Lys)-rbs lib-2X mutant alpha (L29F and V96W) (Second best all around); Pellet
  • (15) 9145-I716076: pTrc-rbs lib-(NO SCAR)-1X mutant beta, presbyterian (Asn108Lys)-rbs lib-2X mutant alpha (L29F and V96W) (Second best all around); Supernatent

AustinDay 12:45, 2 July 2007 (EDT)

  • I plated the providence digest this morning, I'll pick colonies in about 8 hours.
  • Current status on the alpha and beta for the new rbs construction:

Unmodified di-alpha: Have
2x di-alpha: Awaiting sequencing results
Have all betas except the providence 1x mutant.

  • Goal: pTRC-No Scar-rbs-beta-rbs-alpha-TT:

Generalized dbbs strategy:

Digest 9145-bca1092 (Bgl2/EcoR1, 2206/3, Larger)
Digest (Alpha variant) (BamH1/EcoR1, ?/?, ?)
Product is Biobrick Part #.

PCR CA1150/CA1099R on Part #. (? Bp)
Digest (Bsa1/Bgl2) and ligate with beta portion.

PCR CA1154F/G00101 on (Beta variant) (? Bp)
Digest (Bgl2/Xho1) and sub into pTRC (Bgl2/Xho1)
Product is Biobrick Part *.

PCR CA1150F/D58 on Part *.
Digest (Bsa1/BamH1) and ligate with alpha portion.

  • There was a mismarking in the construction files regarding the oligos for the mutants... I fixed it, but it caused a lot of pain in the meantime.

AustinDay 12:28, 2 July 2007 (EDT)

  • Yesterday I redid the quickchange to make the single mutant of beta "providence". I left the digestion overnight in the pcr machine because the last bus left at 8:05. (Damn bus!!)
  • I also miniprepped and sequenced the potential 2X mutant di-alpha fusions. (Hurry quintara!!)

AustinDay 16:52, 30 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Yesterday I basically redid the PCR for the ADtemp2 part, I also did a colony pcr to try to find some of the good 2X di-alpha fusions. There was one that was off by a point deletion in the sequencing, I think I can probably find a good one in there also.
  • Today I redid the ADtemp1 step and digested it overnight (in the PCR machine).
  • I grew up the likely candidates for the di-alpha fusion 2X mutant based on the colony PCR.

AustinDay 01:15, 28 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Okay, I redid the ADtemp2 transformation from the first step. Hopefully it'll work this time.
  • I re-transformed some mini preps that were important and/or were running low so that I can replace them. I don't really trust the clonesaver cards because of some of the things people on random message boards have said. I'll still use them, but I'll definitely have another backup.
  • I mini prepped and sent for sequencing, the di-alpha fusion (mutant and unmodified), as well as the single beta providence mutation.
  • I'll start making the correct mutants to see if I can get a good yield soon. These things better start turning red soon.

AustinDay 11:30, 26 June 2007 (EDT)

  • I got very few colonies on both the ADtemp2 and the I716070 plate, it makes me think that the same thing was wrong with both. I grew up 4 of the colonies from the I716070 plate, but since the ADtemp2 plate is supposed to be a library, and I did a gel of the ADtemp1 pcr product, it makes me think that it might be the ptrc digestion I used, in addition to whatever else went wrong. In any case, I'm making a fresh ptrc digest and I'm going to reuse the pcr product, because I'm fairly certain that it's correct.
  • I'm finishing up the quickchange to make the providence mutant, transforming that once the DpnI digestion is done.
  • I'm also remaking the 092 and 053 digests, in case all 4 of the colonies I grew up were bad, which might be the case since I got so few colonies.
  • Hemoglobin antibodies came in today!

  • Planning for the best hemoglobin mutants: (More organized)
  • Best yield mutant: Di-alpha globin / providence (beta-Lys82Asp)
  • Best all around: Di-alpha / Providence (beta-Lys82Asp) / Presbyterian (Asn108Lys)
  • Second best all around: Presbyterian (Asn108Lys) /alpha-L29F / alpha V96W

  • Alpha subunit mutants:

Unmodified di-alpha fusion: I716068 (Need to make)
Alpha with L29F and V96W: I716062 (Have)

  • Beta subunit mutants:

Providence (beta-Lys82Asp): I716072 (Getting today)
Providence (beta-Lys82Asp) + Presbyterian (Asn108Lys): I716063 (Have)
Presbyterian (Asn108Lys): I716059 (Have)

AustinDay 15:06, 25 June 2007 (EDT)

  • I completed up to the plating of the ADtemp2 part for the making of the pTrc-rbs-beta part, which will be joined with the ADtemp5 part (-rbs-alpha-TT) later.
  • I made the alpha-TT part today and transformed it into colonies.
  • I started the second portion of the quickchange method for the creation of the providence mutation.
  • Still waiting on the oligos for the di-alpha fusion creation.
  • I figure at this point that I should make as many of the mutants and the "good" rbs library as I can so that when we get the HbA and antibodies, I can have some cultures that actually show a meaningful amount of hemoglobin. This would require that I also take the mutant alpha and beta basic parts and run a pcr on them with the oligos that chris made to avoid the scar site between the RBS and the part. Once I get the di-alpha fusion made, I'll do that with that. Once this quickchange is done, I can start that procedure for the mutants.

  • So the goals for tomorrow:

finish the quickchange and plate that ASAP, use TG1s
Grow up the alpha-TT part and the ADtemp2 part.
Miniprep and sequence the two colonies I picked of the 2X mutants.
Wait for the beta mutant to make colonies, then grow some up overnight. Same for the alpha-TT
See if you can get a copy of the AHSP on a different antibiotic marker plasmid.

AustinDay 15:32, 24 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Just planning out my method of attack for the next few days.
  • Add description of mutants (providence etc...)
  • "Providence(asp) mutation" (ßLys-82 -> Asp): Increases soluble output
  • "Presbyterian mutation" (Asn-108 -> Lys) in beta-globin: Reduces oxygen affinity to a level comparable to erythrocytes. Decreases soluble output.

  • Organize next set of experiments:
  • To increase soluble output:
  • Higher hemin concentration (final concentration used here was .63 for high end and .34 for low end) gave ~ 8% higher soluble protein.
  • 28 degrees fermentation gave higher soluble protein than 30 degree fermentation. By ~6%.
  • Di-alpha globin alone, compared with wild type beta and presbyterian , gave slightly higher soluble protein.
  • Providence mutation increased soluble protein by ~9.5% with the presbyterian and 8% without.

  • Best yield: Highest soluble protein configuration was di-alpha globin + providence mutation - presbyterian mutation.
  • Best P50/yield combination: (Needs AHSP in order to have significant yield) Providence + Presbyterian + di-alpha linkage: P50 = 44. % Soluble = 17.5. % Total = 35.7
  • Good Auto-oxidation, unknown yield, P50 = 34. Presbyterian + aL29f + aV96W

  • Second tier attempts:
  • b-N108D in place of presbyterian increase the P50 more than presbyterian. (For those with that mutation, try it out)
  • Combination of surface modifications to increase P50 by 3x: Try using these in place of presbyterian.
  • Val1 -> Met:
  • His2 -> deleted
  • Thr4 -> Ile
  • Pro5 -> Ala
  • Ala 76 -> Lys

(There are also many other mutations that will increase P50, yield is most important at this point)

  • Try providence + di-alpha linkage + some surface mods.
  • Get AHSP in there.

  • Details of incubation and induction: (Baxter paper)
  • On a pUC high copy number origin of replicaiton.
  • Plasmid under a Ptac promoter.
  • 15ug of tetracycline per ml
  • Expression was induced by adding IPTG at concentrations between 10 and 200uM.
  • Expression was induced during log phase. (OD 1/3 of final) (Final was ~30)
  • Grown at 37 for 12-24 hours.
  • Hemin was added every 3 hours after induction. (Although different concentrations didn't affect the cell densities.

  • They added human serum albumin in 50mM Tris pH 7.5, such that the concentration did not exceed 50uM. (In HSA, the hemin forms a 1:1 complex that has a well defined absorbance spectrum at 625 nm. (Look into paper on baxter paper) They were able to calculate the amount of hemin being taken up over time.

AustinDay 16:48, 22 June 2007 (EDT)

  • So we had the great flood today. Looks like a tornado went through the offices.
  • Digested, ligated, and transformed the I716067 part (added the promoter onto the 2X mutant hemoglobins)
  • Also ordered the oligos for the di-alpha hemoglobin 2X mutant fusion. I wonder when they would get in...?
  • I pretty much can't do anything else until we get the hemoglobin antibodies and commercial grade hemoglobin, at least in lab. I know Chris has been trying to locate a machine we could use to measure the P50, I suppose I could read up on how that is done.

AustinDay 20:24, 21 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Designed the oligos for the Di-alpha mutant fusion protein.
  • Scraped and grew up the I716067 (-rbs-2X mutant alpha-rbs-2X mutant beta)
  • Grew up 3 clones from the 20X dilution of 9145-1154 #1.
  • Still waiting for the hemoglobin and antibodies... then the real fun can start.

AustinDay 12:45, 20 June 2007 (EDT)

  • The sequencing came back and the first 1154 part was a dud, the second was a failed read. This is a bit annoying. I'm going to make a 1000X dilution of the #1 clone and retransform it. The read came back correct for that one, although the gel wouldn't work... But perhaps there's still a good one it there someplace.
  • I also made mini preps of all of the chassis plasmids. (9104, 9106, 9023, and flu/inv)
  • I also digested and transformed the I716067 part (The joined rbs lib-beta-rbs lib-alpha 2X mutant part)
  • Did a protein gel of (ladder) (9145-1089 neg control) (I716061 #1) (I716061 #2) (I716061 #3) (I716061 #4) (I716061 #10) (I716061 #11) (I716061 #12) (I716061 #14) (9145-1089)

File:Protein Gel 6-20-07.jpg

  • It appears that there is a band at about 38KDa that is much darker on the I716061 clones and very light, but I believe detectable, on the 9145-1089 negatives. That paper that did a 15% SES gel got bands for hemoglobin at ~14 and 13 KDa. There are bands that are present on all of the lanes, however, there are two which are significantly darker than any of the others, and both of those are the I716061 clones. These are in the correct position (13-14 KDa). Maybe they are different levels of hemoglobin? Chris suggests that we run a higher percentage acrylamide gel next time to be able to resolve such small bands.

AustinDay 12:20, 19 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Grew up some of those I716065 and I716066 libraries.
  • Grew up 9106, 9104, 9203, and flu/inv so I can make more of the mini preps.
  • Ordered the hemoglobin and hemoglobin HRP conjugated primary antibody:

  • Grew up 14 clones from the I716061 plate for the SDS-PAGE gel we're hopefully going to do tomorrow.
  • Also sequenced 2 more clones of Chris' 1103-1154 part.

AustinDay 14:30, 18 June 2007 (EDT)

  • I digested, ligated, and transformed the 2X mutants (I716065 and I716066)
  • I grew up some more of the 1154 clones chris made the other day. The sequences weren't that nice, and one of them wouldn't come out in a digest gel.

Goals for tomorrow:

  • Grow up 2X mutant transformants in the morning.
  • Use the 1154 and 1150 parts and put em together.

AustinDay 21:09, 14 June 2007 (EDT)

  • I minied 2 of the Bca1154 and bca1150 parts that Chris made. I also minied 4 clones of the I716061 library (#2 looked the darkest, and #4 mini was diluted in 100 instead of 50ul.) I also minied 3 clones of the mutant hemoglobins. These mutations should finish up the presbyterian and providence mutation sets. I also sequenced all of them.

AustinDay 18:35, 13 June 2007 (EDT)

  • So I finished up the P1 and K1E assay and tried the serum resistance assay today for the talk on saturday.
  • I also grew up a few of the I716061 colonies. (They were the ones that should have the cassette with the P-trc-rbs-beta-rbs-alpha) They weren't red, but colony PCR confirmed that they have the correct size. I'm going to let the plate grow up some more and I'm going to grow up a few of them to sequence just to verify the sequence. I'm also going to look into figuring out that spec method of determining the concentration of Hb present.
  • I also picked 2 of chris' plates which have the pcon-rbs-alpha and pcon-rbs-beta.
  • Here's the pictures of the colony PCR thing I did for the I716061 colonies. The expected band size is 1182 bp.


AustinDay 20:06, 12 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Yesterday I transformed the pTRC-rbs-beta-rbs-alpha, but I stupidly choose the wrong restriction sites. Let's just leave that behind us. Anyway, I retransformed those those today, so hopefully we'll see bloody colonies tomorrow.
  • I also did the quickchange for the second set of mutations. I plated those today.

  • Note to self: Check Chris' plate for hemoglobin colonies (little red ones would be ideal) And put that large taped stack of plates into the mini fridge.
  • I colonies appear, pick some and grow em up. Will want to put in tandem like the format I'm working on if they work well.

AustinDay 16:16, 9 June 2007 (EDT)

  • I grew up 3 SODs and 3 Met-AP genes for Vai. I also put a bunch of plates into the fridge for some other peoples.
  • I minied 3 clones for the 2 hemoglobin subunit and sequenced them. I also minied the antibiotic-rbs library-hemoglobin subunit (unmutated) and digested them so that I can make that antibiotic-rbs-beta-rbs-alpha cassette.
  • I also minied the 9106 plasmid of Chris' because the other one I was using for the assays for the symposium data was running low. Those strains are having a hard time transforming. I still can't get any colonies to take up the flu/inv plasmid. I think it might be running low also. Not good.
  • I forgot what kind of media I grew up the p-tric transformants into yesterday. But I minied those also and made a digest before I realized that it might have been plain LB. I took a -80 stock of it and grew it up in AMP just in case.
  • I also transformed more of the 9104, 9106, flu/inv, and 9023 plasmids into DH10B. Just in case I get a low supply, considering that all of the flu/inv transformations failed last time.

AustinDay 13:43, 8 June 2007 (EDT)

  • The transformations of the I716056 and I716057 worked!!! I scraped em and started some cultures.
  • The first quickchange reaction seemed to work. I got some colonies. I still went forward with the second quickchange reaction in case somehow these aren't the right results. I grew up 3 of each.

AustinDay 20:02, 7 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Redid the digestion and ligations and transformations from yesterday. Which was remaking the I716055 and I716056 (alpha and beta subunits, unmutated, in front of the RBs library and different antibiotics)
  • I also realized that I added too much oligo to my quickchange reaction yesterday, so the transformation I did from that may not have worked. I'm redoing the PCR today and running it overnight. Hopefully either the one from yesterday would work, or the one I started again today will work.

AustinDay 15:12, 6 June 2007 (EDT)

  • The transformations all ... failed. Not sure why, but I did a lot of them yesterday and they all didn't really work. I'm guessing it's something that was consistently wrong, so I'm going to double check all the temperatures and reagents and try them again. I did the transformation this morning, so hopefully I can get some colonies and grow up the library tonight so that I don't really waste a day because of this.

AustinDay 15:17, 5 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Designed the oligos for the hemoglobin mutants. Here are my notes on the mutants:

Primary Mutants:
Wild Type Hemoglobin
PPDA: P50 = 44, yield = 17.5%
Presbyterian mutation (Increase P50): Beta: Asn-108 -> Lys
Providence mutation (Increase yield): Beta: Lys-82 -> Asp
Di-alpha fusion (Increase yeidl): Glycine? linker.
P2996: P50 = 34, yield “average”
Presbyterian mutation (Increase P50): Beta: Asn-108 -> Lys
αL29F (Decrease P50, decrease auto-oxidation)
αV96W (Increase P50, increase auto-oxidation)

Oligo design for the following mutations:
Lys AAG 14043.00 10.26 0.23
Lys AAA 46044.00 33.66 0.77

Asp GAT 44103.00 32.24 0.63
Asp GAC 26201.00 19.15 0.37

Di-alpha fusion: Oligos coming soon.

Phe TTT 30361.00 22.19 0.57
Phe TTC 22649.00 16.56 0.43

Trp TGG 20835.00 15.23 1.00

Secondary Mutants (Or mutations that would lead to them)
Alpha; VAL E11 -> Threonine: Increases P50 by 4x (to 25 torr). Due to stabilization of water molecule in distal heme pocket of decoy T-state. Increases auto-oxidation rate.

Beta; VAL E11 -> Threonine: Increases P50 by 2x (to 12 torr).

Alpha; V26T: 4x increase in P50. Lost cooperativity. (n = 1.1)

Beta; B67T: (n = 2.2) Slightly increased P50.

Combination of surface modifications to increase P50 by 3x:
o Val1 -> Met:
o His2 -> deleted
o Thr4 -> Ile
o Pro5 -> Ala
o Ala 76 -> Lys

βN108D, (In place of presbyterian) increases the P50 more than the presbyterian.

  • In other news: All but I716053 #1 came out white. That colony was red, so I didn't mini it. (parent vector)
  • I'm going to go on with the construction now with the RBs libraries from yesterday.
  • I used the #1 clone from each of the parts for the next digest/ligation/transformation round.
  • I transformed the colonies with the RBS library. I forgot to select for the secondary antibiotic, but Chris said I should just scrape the plate tomorrow and grow it all up in the antibiotic marker. Hopefully that'll do the trick.

AustinDay 13:25, 4 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Got a nice number of colonies on the synthetic gene biobrick transformations from yesterday. I grew up 2 of each.
  • I minied the RBS library parts (I716051 and I716052).

AustinDay 16:50, 3 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Made an EcoRI / XhoI digest of the synthetic genes and a digest of EcoRI and XhoI of the 9145 plasmid.
  • Here's the gel. Very pretty.


  • Took the small fragment from the synthetic genes and the larger fragment from the 9145 plasmid and ligated them together.

  • I think I'm going to name these new parts: I716053 (9186 + 9145), I716054 (9187 + 9145), I716055 (9188 + 9145). These names came to me in a dream. It was said they shall bring luck and prosperity to all who use them.
  • I grew up 2 colonies of the homogenized RBS pools. (The Kan and the Cmr pools)

Austinday 15:43, 2 June 2007 (PDT)

  • Okay, so since the 1121 part was bad, chris found a PCR product of it. I'm going to give that a try and see if it works.
  • I did the ligation and transformation for those. I named the parts Bad0001 (kan) and Bad0002 (Cmr). Plated and cooking for tomorrow.
  • Made digest of BglII and XhoI of the 3X concentrated 9145 plasmid miniprep. The total digest was equal to that of 14 regular digests. The gel is below:

Gel 6-2-07 one.jpg

  • Digested the DNA 2.0 plasmids with EcoR1 and XhoI. But...the gel looks funny. I may not have allowed enough time for the lyophilized DNA to redissolve... That's my best guess at least. (Update: Nope, I think I just overloaded the lanes)

Gel 6-2-07 two.jpg

  • I grew up some colonies of the DNA 2.0 parts so I'll give it another try tomorrow. (Chris told me that there is probably too much DNA and that if I ran it longer, it might have cleared up. You can kind of see that there might be a second band...sort of.)

Austinday 22:59, 30 May 2007 (PDT)

  • Okay, I repeated the digestion from yesterday, but got the same results. Here's the gel.

Gel 5-30-07.jpg

  • This time, I let it digest for well over an hour and mixed it half way through. I also ran the gel at a lower voltage than usual.
  • The bands for the 1122 lane was noticeably cleaner, but the 1121 lane was uncut.
  • I cut out the smaller band from the 1122 lane(because it's probably a higher yield than the previous gel), as well as the 1128 band. I figured that because the previous gel didn't cut completely, and because the 1128 pool smaller bands would have already ran off the gel, this second gel would have a more pure band than the first. I also cut out the region of the 1121 lane where the smaller band should be, although it looks as if nothing is there... I guess we'll have to remake that 1121 part.

Austinday 16:53, 29 May 2007 (PDT)

  • Sequencing of the pBca1101-Bca1128 RBS library resulted in 2 duplicate RBS's. #24 was identical to #3, and #5 was identical to #2 so I threw out #3 and #5.
  • I pooled together the bca1128 rbs's and the 1106 A and B rbs's as well as one other 1128 A rbs Chris had.
  • I digested those with EcoR1 and BglII to create the vectors to insert the antibiotic markers. After digestion, the pool looked good so I cut it out right away. The 1121 and 1122 (CmR and Kan) digestions didn't look correct.


  • The lanes are: Marker (Barely came out), 1121, 1122, and rbs pool (cut out)
  • 1121 has the right number of bands, but I can't exactly tell if the size of the smaller band is correct.
  • 1122 has the wrong number of bands. I'm not that experienced with picking out when a band is undigested plasmid, but even if that were the case for the third band, the smallest band looks much too small.
  • Anyway, I cut out the smallest bands from 1121 and 1122 and stored them for tomorrow. Maybe Chris will have something to add to my gelatinous adventures. 13:55, 25 May 2007 (PDT)

  • Preliminary ranking of RBS's picked from the library based on culture colors: (Bca1101 - Bca1128's in TG1)

Stronger --> Weaker
24, 1, 10, 18, 2, 3, 5, 9, 19, 4, 12, 11, 20, 21, 16, 13, 17, 7, 6, 15, 22, 14, 23
The first 7 are significantly more red than the rest.
# 11 was lost due to a tragic mini prepping accident. May it rest in peace.

AustinDay 16:38, 3 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Time to start some awesomeness.
  • Biobrick numbers: 051-100 Austin Day
  • The next few entries are cut and pasted from my Arkin Wiki because I started making entries on that before this wiki was set up.