Team:NTNU Trondheim/Experiments and Results


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Bacterial Anti-Cancer-Kamikaze

Modelling Stochastic simulations of the genetic circuit


Experiments and results

To make a genetic circuit releasing colicin as a response to a low oxygen level and a high lactate level, we needed several biobricks. For a detailed list of all biobricks present in our construct, see the biobricks page. A sketch showing our final construct built from all the necessary biobricks is also given below:

Most of the biobricks we decided to use was already present in the registry, but we also needed biobricks with certain properties that was not present in the registry. These we had to make ourselves. The new bricks we made, that we also characterized, are the following; a protein coding brick for colicin E1, a YFP-generator, a regulative LacI-generator, which is also an improvement of an already existing biobrick, the lld promotor + RBS from E.coli, and the lld promotor + RBS from C.glutamicum.

This page will focus on the biobricks we have made, how we made them, and how we have characterized them to show that they work.

lld promoter + RBS from E.coli (<partinfo>BBa_K822000</partinfo>)

The two criteria we wanted fulfilled to initiate lysis and subsequent release of colicin were a low oxygen level and a high lactate level. A promoter activated by low oxygen level was already present in the registry (microaerobic Vgb promoter, <partinfo>BBa_K561001</partinfo>), but we found no suitable lactate induced promoter. Therefore, we decided to convert the promotor regulating the lldPRD operon in E.coli into a biobrick, and to use this biobrick in our project [1].

The primers used to amplify the sequence are given below:

Primer Sequence
Plld EcR fwd GTTTCTTCGAATTCGCGGCCGCTTCTAGAGcacattcctataggccgagtaaggt
Plld EcR rev GTTTCTTCCTGCAGCGGCCGCTACTAGTAtgcaggtctcctggagtccacgc

The capitalized letters of the primer sequences corresponds to the biobrick prefix and suffix. As template, we used the E.coli K12 genome sequence provided by the NCBI nucleotide database [2]. These primers in combination with the genome from E.coli K12 MG1655, yielded a biobrick consisting of the lld promoter including RBS (We called this brick Plld EcR, Ec because it is amplified from E.coli, R because it contains RBS).

We did not have sufficient time to test the Plld EcR biobrick, but it was sent to sequencing in the official shipping plasmid, pSB1C3, and the sequencing result had a 100 % match with the theoretical sequence of the amplified Plld + RBS sequence in pSB1C3.

ldhA promoter + RBS from C.glutamicum (<partinfo>BBa_K822001</partinfo>)

We also amplified the ldhA promoter from Corynebacterium glutamicum. This has similar properties as the lld promoter from E.coli, so this promoter was also a candidate to possibly being used as the lactate inducable promoter in our project. The ldhA promoter was amplified using the genome of C.glutamicum ER#### as template, and the primers below:

Primer Sequence
Plld CgR rev GTTTCTTCCTGCAGCGGCCGCTACTAGTAggtgacctcttctctgaaacgg

The promoter has not been properly characterized, but also this was sent to sequencing, and had a 100 % match with the theoretical sequence.

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