Not Released
Experience: Works
Not Used
Get This Part
Composite

Part:BBa_K1149002

Designed by: Margarita Kopniczky   Group: iGEM13_Imperial_College   (2013-09-13)

pelB-EstCS2-his expression (GFP reporter)

Introduction

This part expresses a plastic degradation enzyme and sfGFP under the control of arabinose inducible promoter.

The enzyme is the estCS2 from BBa_K892012 previous biobrick by Washington 2012 team, that encodes carboxylesterase that breaks down ester bonds in polyurethane. We have added a pelB seretion tag to the enzyme so that it can be secreted extacellularly. We also added a 6xHistidine tag for Western blotting and protein purification purposes.

PUR degradation by esterase: PUR_esterase_theoretical_pathway_2.jpg

PUR Esterase enzyme activity

Cell lysate assay

Since the PUR Esterases were not secreted, initially the cells were lysed to obtain crude cell extracts in order to test whether the enzymes are active. The Western Blot results showed that the constructs EstC2 BBa_K1149002, PueB BBa_K1149004 and PulA BBa_K1149006 were being expressed. The cultures expressing these three constructs were grown, lysed by sonication and utilised in a colourimetric assay with the substrate analog para-Nitrophenyl butyrate. The data shows that PUR Esterase EstC2 BBa_K1149002 is definitely active.

para-Nitrophenyl butyrate (p-NP) is commonly used to indicate an enzyme’s esterase activity. The enzyme cleaves the ester bond and releases the 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), thus causing a colour change from colourless to yellow and an increased absorbance at wavelength 405 nm.



para-Nitrophenyl butyrate is cleaved by Esterases to release 4-Nitrophenol. This is accompanied by an increase in absorbance at 405 nm. Figure adapted from TU Darmstadt 2012 iGEM



The assay was run in the Eppendorf BioSpectrometer was used to automatically read the absorbance of the reaction mixture every 30 seconds. The concentration of 4-Nitrophenol produced from the reaction was calculated using the Beer-Lambert Law; the extinction coefficient of 4-NP is 18,000 M-1 cm-1 at 405 nm. [1]

The results below show the concentration of 4-NP produced by the three different PUR esterases and compare them to the Empty Vector and Substrate alone as negative controls.


The increase in absorbance that accompanies the cleavage of para-Nitrophenyl butyrate by PUR Esterase EstC2. Figure by Imperial College London iGEM 2013
The concentration of 4-Nitrophenol released by PUR Esterase EstC2 activity. Empty Vector and Substrate alone were used as negative controls. Figure by Imperial College London iGEM 2013

The above graphs clearly show that PUR Esterase EstC2 is active and cleaving p-NP. The recorded concentrations of 4-NP, in the presence of this PUR Esterase, are much greater than with the Empty Vector or the Substrate alone. Is PUR Esterase EstC2 active? Yes!


Growth Curves

Our PUR-ESTCS2 construct contains sfGFP within an operon and therefore fluorescence can be utilised to determine if expression is being induced by addition of Arabinose.

450px-ESTCS2.png

ETSCS2 growth assay. E. coli (MG1655) transformed with ESTCS2 BBa_K1149002 were grown with either 0 μM or 6 μM Arabinose to induce ESTC2 and sfGFP expression. The growth curves appear very similar, which is confirmed by a two-tailed t-test p-value = 0.8118, thus no reason to say that there is any growth inhibition. Growth was at 37°C in LB with shaking. Error bars are SEM, n=4. Figure made by Imperial College London 2013 iGEM.

450px-ESTCS2_fluor.png

ETSCS2 induction assay. E. coli (MG1655) transformed with ESTCS2 BBa_K1149002 were grown with either 0uM or 6uM Arabinose to induce ESTC2 and sfGFP expression. Induction by Arabinose produces a strong response, with induced transformants fluorescing more. Growth was at 37°C in LB with shaking. Error bars are SEM, n=4. Figure made by Imperial College London 2013 iGEM.

Conclusion: There is no growth inhibition caused by induction, but initially fluorescence from induction is elevated in PUR-ESTCS2.

References:

A novel family VII esterase with industrial potential from compost metagenomic library. Microbial Cell Factories 2011

Sequence and Features


Assembly Compatibility:
  • 10
    COMPATIBLE WITH RFC[10]
  • 12
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[12]
    Illegal NheI site found at 125
  • 21
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[21]
    Illegal BamHI site found at 65
    Illegal BamHI site found at 692
  • 23
    COMPATIBLE WITH RFC[23]
  • 25
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[25]
    Illegal NgoMIV site found at 210
    Illegal NgoMIV site found at 958
    Illegal NgoMIV site found at 1192
    Illegal AgeI site found at 2131
  • 1000
    INCOMPATIBLE WITH RFC[1000]
    Illegal BsaI site found at 1006


[edit]
Categories
//cds/biosynthesis
Parameters
None