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Monday (24.09.12)

Congo Red Assay
Curli charcaterisation

Congo red binding assay, Preparation of Congo red supplemented agar: Congo Red Dye Coomassie brilliant blue dye G-250 LB Agar (No salt)

Plates subsequently streaked. Uptake of red pigment indicative of amyloid fiber expression.

Wednesday (26.09.12)

Aim – We would like to determine if our curli producing BBa_K729018 is capable of producing shear resistant biofilms.

1) Cells are grown overnight in 10ml of LB media at 37˚C, 200rpm.

a) BBa_K729006
b) W3110 Control

2) Shake flasks are inoculated with 5 ml of cells into LB media (100ml)

a) Shake flasks contain pre-sterilised polycarbonate discs

3) Shake flasks are run at 37˚C, 200rpm, for 7 hours.

4) Shake flasks are run at 30˚C, 50rpm, for 14 hours.

5) PC discs are removed from flasks, dried, and stained with crystal violet.

6) Discs are sheared with the small scale shear device, using water as the buffer. Rotaion speed varies from 50rpm to 700rpm.

7) Critical shear radius is measured from diameter of shear resistant area.

Conclusion - Our transformed cells are producing shear resistant biofilm, with double the shear resistance of untransformed biofilms, indicating that our BioBrick is working as intended and is capable of producing shear resistant curliated biofilms.