Generator

Part:BBa_K638301

Designed by: Matthew Jones   Group: iGEM11_Cambridge   (2011-09-19)

Arabinose inducible Reflectin A1-sfGFP fusion generator

E.coli transformed with this construct will produce a superfolder GFP (BBa_I746916) fused variant of Reflectin A1 under the control of the pBAD promoter, an arabinose inducible protein. There is currently (at the time of writing) no good assay for reflectin in vivo. However, this construct allows reflectin to be localised within the cell. This part has been used to view reflectin containing inclusion bodies in E.coli and the sfGFP retained its fluorescence despite the fusion. The Reflectin A1 gene is under the control of the pBAD promoter BBa_I0500, which is tightly controlled by two factors:

  • L-arabinose monosaccharide taken up by the cell from the medium, which acts as an inducer.
  • AraC protein included in the I0500 biobrick, which acts an a repressor.

Therefore, the araC-pBAD system offers regulatable control of gene expression in the presence of the inducer and highly repressed in the absence of the inducer. Read more about the pBAD and arabinose system in E.coli.


Sequence and Features

Assembly Compatibility:
  • 10
    COMPATIBLE WITH RFC[10]
  • 12
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[12]
    Illegal NheI site found at 1205
  • 21
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[21]
    Illegal BamHI site found at 1144
    Illegal BamHI site found at 1240
  • 23
    COMPATIBLE WITH RFC[23]
  • 25
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[25]
    Illegal AgeI site found at 979
  • 1000
    COMPATIBLE WITH RFC[1000]

Usage and Biology

Best used in an E. coli chassis such as strain BW27783, with constitutive expression of an Arabinose transporter. See our experience of pBAD for some issues with tuning expression levels.

Cambridge 2011 used this part to assess reflectin folding on different backbones.

From this confocal imaging, we recommend that reflectin be expressed on a low/med copy number backbone to allow protein folding to occur to give soluble protein. High copy number plasmids give inclusion bodies. Some inclusion bodies are also visible in the low copy construct, suggesting that some cells are expressing more fusion protein than others. See our experience of the pBAD promoter for a discussion of variations of induction within a population of cells.

Safety

The protein coding sequence for reflectin originally came from cells of an edible squid. There have been no reported safety issues for reflectins, so we do not anticipate the need for extra precautions when using this BioBrick part. See our safety page for more information.


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n/aArabinose inducible Reflectin A1-sfGFP fusion generator