RFP Coding Device
Team NRP-UEA_Norwich 2013 added an NdeI restriction site at the start of the RFP coding region of BBa_J04450 using mutagenesis. This was to allow either the promoter region or RFP gene to be excised and exchanged for a different promoter or gene and provide restriction sites for further cloning such as part BBa_K1041002.
Sequence and Features
- 10COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 12COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 21COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 23COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
- 25Illegal AgeI site found at 781
Illegal AgeI site found at 893
- 1000COMPATIBLE WITH RFC
Composite part of the following BioBricks:
- BBa_R0010: Promoter (lacI regulated)
- BBa_B0034: RBS (Elowitz 1999)
- BBa_E1010: Red Fluorescent Protein from Discosoma striata
- BBa_B0015: Double Terminator
This involved comparisons with the original Bba_J04450 biobrick by performing transformations, restriction digests BLAST analysis and Absorbance Spectroscopy. We also had our biobrick sequenced.
Parts BBa_K1041000 and BBa_J04450 were transformed into Alpha-Select competent E. coli cells and plated onto LB Agar plates which contained the antibiotic ampicillin. Both plates have colonies that appear red under natural light (Fig.1). Therefore the addition of an NdeI site has not affected the ability for the RFP gene to be transcribed and translated.
Parts Bba_K1041000 and Bba_J04450 were analysed by restriction digests and run on agarose gels. Both biobricks were cut with NdeI (Fig 2) and PvuII (Fig 3). Fig 2 shows that part Bba_K1041000 has an NdeI site and part Bba_J04450 does not as when both parts are cut with NdeI only part Bba_K1041000 produces a different size band in the gel compared to uncut DNA. Fig 3 shows that the rest of the DNA sequence in Bba_K1041000 is identical to Bba_J04450 as bands of the same sized are produced when the parts are cut with the enzyme PvuII.
An experiment was designed to compare the intensity of red produced by RFP in part Bba_K1041000 to that produced by Bba_J04450. Both parts were transformed into E. coli cells and spread on agar plates containing Chloramphenicol. A culture from each plate was used to inoculate a 10ml LB solution each and left to incubate overnight at 37 degrees C. After 24 hours of growth both cultures contained a red colour. The cultures were then analysed using Absorbance Spectroscopy (Fig 4), with the absorbance of the cultures being measured at a range of wavelengths from 450-800nm.
The biobrick was sent off to a company for sequencing (Figs 4,5,6). The data we received back showed the DNA was of good quality as strong chromatographic peaks were produced throughout analysis of the sample.
The data we received back from the sequencing company was aligned using BLAST with the expected DNA sequence. The sequencing with both the forward and reverse primers had over 97% matches with the expected DNA sequence (Figs 7,8). Deviations from the expected sequence were at the end of the useful sequencing data and combination of both sets of data confirmed a complete match with the expected sequence.