Optimized Blue Chromoprotein
This is the original blue chromoprotein sequence ( BBa_K592009 ) that has been codon-optimized. The codon-optimized blue chromoprotein containing the strong promoter and RBS sequence from BBa_K608002 has been made a basic part. Normally, the original BBa_K592009 blue chromoprotein part is unstable due to numerous mutations in its sequence, caused by the high metabolic burden expressed on the cell. Codon optimization involves exchanging certain codons for ones that have known to be more translationally efficient in a certain species while retaining the same sequence of amino acids. It can potentially improve the originally unstable blue chromoprotein to function more efficiently in E. coli, therefore creating a lower metabolic burden on the cells in which it is expressed in. The blue color from the codon-optimized blue chromoprotein is expected to be maintained for a longer period of time than the original part, making it a good candidate as a biosensor for things like toxins, such as lead.
To attempt to improve the stability of the original blue chromoprotein, a digestion was performed on the BBa_K608002 vector and the codon-optimized blue chromoprotein, which was ordered as a gBlock from the Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) website. Upon digestion of these parts and conducting gel extraction, a ligation reaction was used to join our codon-optimized blue chromoprotein part with the BBa_K608002 vector. Following the purification of the ligation, E. coli transformation was done via electroporation which yielded one phenotypically blue colony, shown below in Figure 1. This colony was then inoculated into liquid media to make an overnight culture, shown in Figure 2, which maintained a blue phenotype.
Figure 1. Transformation plate of the K608002 vector and codon optimized blue chromoprotein ligation reaction.
Figure 2. Overnight culture made from inoculated colony on transformation plate in Figure 1. Liquid culture shows blue phenotype.
In comparison to the original blue chromoprotein sequence in BBa_K592009, our sequenced codon-optimized blue chromoprotein contained fewer mutations.
- 10COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 12Illegal NheI site found at 7
Illegal NheI site found at 30
- 21Illegal BglII site found at 694
- 23COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 25COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 1000COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- Sleight et al. Journal of Biological Engineering 4(12) 1-20 (2010)