Team:Queens Canada/ChimeriQ/Results


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ChimeriQ - Results

As the goal of our project was to create chimeric flagella, the majority of our results were based around the creation of flagella with various inserts. In order to do so, we needed to make a mechanism by which we could easily create this chimeric primers. In doing so, we were able to create the part K781000 . This is the complete flagellin coding sequence with biobrick standard cut sites removed, under the promoter R0010 and RBS B0034. This part can be used to over express the flagellin monomer. PCR overlap extension will make an insertion at the annotated site, given that the insert is in the appropriate format. The resulting chimera will express protein immediately after the PCR reaction is transformed.

The majority of our results fell under this section of our work as we were able to create both the RFP-FliC Insertion and deletion chimeras. These parts were successfully characterized and determined to show expression of the red fluorescent protein from J04500. As can be seen below, there appears to be less detectable fluorescence in cell cultures expressing the different types of chimeras. This result can be expected for a number of possible reasons.

  • The chimeric protein may not be as stable as the free RFP.
  • The RFP may be polymerizing in flagella, resulting in a quenching effect as the fluorescent light may be absorbed by other RFP molecules arranged in close proximity.
  • The flagellin domains may hinder proper folding of the RFP. This may be why the more constrained deletion variant is showing less expression compared to the insertion variant, which has more flexibility.
  • Fig. 4 The motility assay for the K781001 construct compared against controls expressing no flagellin construct and a non-chimeric flagellin construct.
    Fig. 2: TOP10 E. coli expressing J04450, the RFP insertion chimeric flagellin (K781001) and the RFP deletion chimeric flagellin (K781006).
    Fig. 3: The fluorescence spectra of TOP10 E. coli cells expressing the RFP flagellin insertion K781001 and deletion K781006 constructs compared against J04450, the corresponding RFP control.