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Time course experiment with Spinach and FAP

The two figures below are plots of the experimental data from the time course experiments. The figures compare the fluorescence of the mutant promoters with the wild-type promoter, when either 3,5-difluoro-4-hydroxybenzylidene imidazolinone (DFHBI) or Malachite Green (MG) is added. As both DFHBI and MG are dyes that bind to RNA and protein specifically, there is a positive correlation between the fluorescence values and the amount of RNA and protein being produced in the cells.
Note that the fluorescence numbers plotted are divided by the OD600 readings to account for the different cell densities. Please refer to the Time-Lapse protocol in the Protocols page for the full experimental details.
For both the Spinach-DFHBI and FAP-MG plots, we see an increasing trend of the fluorescence values across all promoters. This makes sense, as we do expect the amount of RNA (Spinach) transcripted and protein (FAP) translated to increase with time.

Comparing the different promoters within the FAP-MG plot, the fluorescence level of Mutant I is increasing much more rapidly than the rest, indicating that this promoter significantly increases the translational rate of the cell.
Mutant II closely parallels the wild type fluorescence level, being only slightly lower in magnitude. Mutant III's fluorescence level increases very rapidly at first, but seems to be leveling off after an hour. This may indicate that the cell's peak translational rate has already been achieved.

Comparing the different promoters within the Spinach-DFHBI plot, Mutant I closely parallels the wild-type promoter in terms of magnitude and slope. Mutant II has significantly lower fluorescence levels with time, indicating a slower transcriptional rate with time. Mutant III seems to be increasing at an accelerating rate as compared to the wild-type, and reaches a significantly higher fluorescence level at the end of the time course experiment.

Dosage curves of Spinach and FAP with their respective dyes

Dosage curves for both MG and DFHBI were obtained to determine whether the dissociation constant (Kd) values matched those found in literature, and also to determine the maximum saturation dose. The experiment was carried out according to the Dosage curve protocol in the Protocols page. <\p>

The measured Kd is close to the published value of 320nM [1] for one of the similar FAPs, which verifies that we were truly measuring the fluorescence of the FAP-MG construct and that FAP was successfully expressed by our construct.

The measured Kd for the Spinach-DFHBI complex is 537nM [2]. Our measured Kd is around a 100 times smaller in magnitude.
[1] Szent-Gyorgyi, Christopher, Brigitte A. Schmidt, Yehuda Creeger, Gregory W. Fisher, Kelly L. Zakel, Sally Adler, James A J. Fitzpatrick, Carol A. Woolford, Qi Yan, Kalin V. Vasilev, Peter B. Berget, Marcel P. Bruchez, Jonathan W. Jarvik, and Alan Waggoner. "Fluorogen-activating Single-chain Antibodies for Imaging Cell Surface Proteins." Nature Biotechnology 26.2 (2007): 235-40. Print.
[2] Paige, J. S., K. Y. Wu, and S. R. Jaffrey. "RNA Mimics of Green Fluorescent Protein." Science 333.6042 (2011): 642-46. Print. What the figure is ploting significant results Brief summary of methodology