CheY/CheZ + split fLuc
Purpose of the Biobrick
This construct aimed to test the efficiency of split Firefly luciferase, by performing a complementation assay using the chemotaxis associated proteins CheY and CheZ in E.Coli.
Experiment: CheY CheZ complementation assay
CheY and CheZ are two proteins involved in the bacterial chemotaxis pathway. It has been shown by split luciferase complementation assay that these two proteins are not interacting in presence of chemoattractant, but start to interact (CheZ being the phosphatase of CheY) in absence of chemoattractant or presence of chemorepellent. Based on the work of Waldor Laboratory, we wanted to redo and adapt the experiment to test our own splits.
To proceed to this complementation assay, we built a construct to test split Firefly Luciferase.The CheY was fused to the N-terminal part of the split, while the CheZ was fused to the C-terminal part. We used the full luciferase (BBa_K1486022) as positive controls and the non-fused splits (BBa_K1486021) as a negative control.
As shown in the graph below, we couldn't really observe a high signal for our complementation assay. However, the signal being higher than the blanks, it is an encouraging sign that the split luciferase can be used for other experiments of this kind. A possible explanation for these results is that arabinose being a chemoattractant, we might need to do more wash steps with PBS to get rid of the arabinose before taking the measurements. Moreover, CheY and CheZ being endogenously expressed in bacteria, the edogenous proteins could interfere with our fusion proteins and weaken our signal. This complementation assay should be tested with CheY/CheZ knock out strains, as it was done in Waldor Laboratory.
- fLuc ( http://parts.igem.org/Part:BBa_K1486016 )
- fLuc ( http://parts.igem.org/Part:BBa_K1486017 )
- Arabinose promoter + fLuc + fLuc( http://parts.igem.org/Part:BBa_K1486018 )
Luker KE, Smith MC, Luker GD, Gammon ST, Piwnica-Worms H, Piwnica-Worms D., (August 17, 2004), Kinetics of regulated protein-protein interactions revealed with firefly luciferase complementation imaging in cells and living animals
Sequence and Features
- 10Illegal PstI site found at 1497
- 12Illegal NheI site found at 1205
Illegal PstI site found at 1497
- 21Illegal BglII site found at 2101
Illegal BamHI site found at 1144
- 23Illegal PstI site found at 1497
- 25Illegal PstI site found at 1497
Illegal AgeI site found at 979
- 1000Illegal PstI site found at 1497