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The effect of sodium sulfide on Synechococcus SP. PCC 7942 growth rate

After thoroughly examined the ability of sqr in Synechococcus SP. PCC 7002, we planned to conduct a series of similar experiments on Synechococcus SP. PCC 7942. Except for the cultivation medium, other growing conditions remained the same. Instinctively, the strain expressing sqr should grow better than the wile type strain.

DCMU concentration and cell growth

This experiment is similar to the second one of Synechococcus SP. PCC 7002 testing series. The main idea was to find the suitable DCMU concentration for Synechococcus SP. PCC 7942. As a matter of fact, both wild type and sqr expressing strain are used in the experiment.

Sulfide concentration and the growth of sqr expressing strain Synechococcus SP. PCC 7942

It was expected that SQR expressing strain and wild type counterpart would have different growth rate under the presence of sulfide compounds. Though sulfide is naturally toxic to Synechococcus SP. PCC 7942, the strain with sqr should be able to metabolize sulfide and therefore prosper. As the result, we analyze H2S amount to detect whether sqr gene work or not. Therefore, we perform Chemical microvolume turbidimetry method to detect H2S concentration (see Sulfur Oxide Terminator part)

Sulfide oxidation in Escherichia coli expressing sulfide-quinone reductase gene

Repots have it that Escherichia coli can express functional sulfide-quinone reductase (SQR). Therefore, we slightly adjusted the previous experiment and applied to the SQR gene from Synechococcus SP. PCC 7002. With methylene blue method, we would test the efficiency of SQR sulfide oxidation. Since such method involved in measurement of optical density, it is more appropriate to perform such experiment on colorless bacteria instead of engineered cyanobacteria strain.