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P(3HB) production by E.coli & Confirmation of P(3HB)

To synthesize P(3HB) by E.coli, we transformed E.coli JM109 with the constructed pha C1-A-B1 part on pSB1C3 (BBa_K934001). E.coli JM109 is used to synthesize P(3HB), because it tends to have a high density accumulation of P(3HB) ). As a negative control, we transformed E.coli JM109 with PlasI-gfp on pSB1C3.

4-1 Confirmation of P(3HB) synthesized on colonies

We observed the accumulation of P(3HB) in the E.coli colonies on Nile red positive medium under UV. Nile red has been widely used to stain colonies and distinguish between PHA-accumulating and non-accumulating colonies. Nile red in the agar medium doesn’t affect the growth of the cells, and the accumulation of PHAs in the colonies can be directly monitored([3][4][5] ). We cultured the transformant on LB agar medium plates with Nile red. After several days, colonies storing P(3HB) were stained orange by Nile red when observed under UV. This result indicates that transformant synthesized and stored P(3HB). Fig2-2-4-1 is the photographs of E.coli colonies on Nile red positive medium taken under UV. The orange colonies in Fig2-2-4-1A show that the accumulated P(3HB) in cells was stained by Nile red. This result indicates that part BBa_K934001 synthesized P(3HB). Fig2-2-4-1B is the photograph of negative control cells. In this figure we observed that there were no remarkable colored colonies. Fig2-2-4-1-2 shows the difference between cells storing P(3HB) and those not storing P(3HB) on one plate. The cells in blue rectangle area are the cells with P(3HB) synthesis gene and the cells in green rectangle area are the cells with PlasI-gfp gene as a negative control. Using the cells storing P(3HB), we drew a rose silhouette on the LB agar plate containing Nile red (Fig2-2-4-1-3).[Protocol]

Fig2-2-4-1-1A: E.coli JM109 colonies with BBa_K934001 gene, PHB accumulation
Fig2-2-4-1-1B: E.coli JM109 colonies with PlasI-gfp gene, no P(3HB) accumulation
Fig2-2-4-1-2, Difference between cells storing P(3HB) and cells not storing P(3HB).
Blue rectangle: with BBa_K934001 gene, PHB accumulation.
Green rectangle: with PlasI-gfp gene, no PHB accumulation

4-2 Confirmation of P(3HB) accumulated in cells

To confirm the accumulation condition of P(3HB) in E.coli with a microscope, we stained the P(3HB) with Nile blue A reagent. Nile blue A is also used to detect the existence of P(3HB) and has no toxicity to the cells([5]). Before the observation, we stained the dried cells with Nile blue A solution. We then took photographs of the sample under fluorescence microscope. Fig2-2-4-2-1 is the photograph of dried E.coli (with pha C1-A-B1 gene) cells dyed with Nile blue A solution taken by fluorescence microscope. The fluorescent areas in Fig2-2-4-2-1A are the accumulated P(3HB) in the cells. This result also indicates that part BBa_K934001 synthesized P(3HB). In the photograph of negative control (Fig2-2-4-2-1B), no remarkable fluorescent area was observed.[Protocol]

Fig2-2-4-2-1A, E.coli JM109 dried cells with P(3HB) accumulation stained by Nile blue A Fig2-2-4-2-1B, E.coli JM109 dried cells without P(3HB) accumulation stained by Nile blue A

Construction of pha-C1-A-B1 in Biobrick format

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Fig1,construction of phaC1-A-B1

To construct a part that meets Biobrick format, we have modified the phaC1-A-B1 operon not to contain forbidden restriction enzyme sites. First, we cloned the wild type gene phaC1-A-B1 from R.eutropha H16 by using PCR and inserted the gene into pSB1C3. However, wild type phaC1-A-B1 gene sequence contains one NotI and three PstI recognition sites that are not allowed in Biobrick format. To get phaC1-A-B1 sequence without these recognition sites, we ordered the chemically synthesized DNA from IDT/MBL. In this chemically synthesized DNA, coding is optimized for E.coli. We used restriction enzyme XbaI (on pSB1C3) and BsrGI (on phaC1-A-B1) to insert sequence. That is to say, we got Poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] synthesizing gene in Biobrick format (BBa_K934001).

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A .P(3HB) production on colonies and preparation before confirmation with Nile red under UV

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1 Preparation of LB agar medium plate containing Nile red and Glucose

1.1 Autoclave a LB agar(final 40g/L) solution at 120 ° C

1.2 After the autoclave, add Chloramphenicol(final 25ug/ml), Nile red and glucose(final 20g/L) to the LB agar solution when it cools down.

1.3 Make LB agar medium plates with the mixture.

2 Transformation of E.coli strain JM109 with pSB1C3 plasmid containing phaC1-A-B1 into strain JM109

2.1 Thaw the competent cells JM109 at 4° C

2.2 Add the target DNA 3ul into 1.5ml tube, then add in 50ul the thawed competent cells.

2.3 Put the tube into ice for 15mins

2.4 42° C,30secs, heatshock

2.5 Add 160ul of SOC into the tube

2.6 Incubate the the cells at 37° C for 30mins

2.7 Spread the resulting culture on LB agar medium plate with a large cone rod.

2.8 Incubate the plate at 37° C for 36hrs then cells the plate into 4° C room for 2-3 days.

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B.P(3HB) production in cells and preparation before the confirmation with Nile blue A

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1 Production of PHB

1.1 Acquire one colony of the transformed strains (JM109) with a platinum loop

1.2 Culture the colony in LB solution for 16hrs at 37 ° C

1.3 Measure LB medium (final 2.5%) and add it to each Erlenmeyer flask inside clean bench.

1.4 Add distilled water(final 95%) to each Erlenmeyer flask and cover the flasks with four-folded aluminum foil.

1.5 Set all flasks into autoclave

1.6 Add Chloramphenicol(final 25ug/ml) and glucose solution (50%) (final 20g/L) after the medium is completely cooled.

1.7 Add the solution of cultured cells into each flasks and shaking culture with air permeable lids at 37 ° C for 96 hours.

Fig2. air permeable lids

2 Preparation before the confirmation (with Nile blue A) under fluorescent microscope

2.1 Collection of PHBs in JM109

2.1.1 Weigh empty 50ml falcon tube without lid and make a record.

2.1.2 Add some culture solution into each tube.

2.1.3 Set the tubes into centrifuge and make sure that the label faces outside.

2.1.4 4 ° C, 5000G, 10mins in centrifuge.

2.1.5 Remove the supernatant with electric pipettor then add culture solution and set in centrifuge again.

2.1.6 After adding all the culture solution and setting in centrifuge, remove the supernatant and add water, set in centrifuge again.

2.1.7 Remove the supernatant and add a little amount of water

2.1.8 Cover the tubes with double layers of parafilms and fully freeze them.

2.2 Freeze drying (lyophilization)

2.2.1 Poke several holes on the tubes’ parafilm with toothpick.

2.2.2 Set the tubes on the freeze drying machine.

2.2.3 Freeze dry for 3 days.

2.3 Stain PHB accumulated dried cells with Nile blue A before observation

2.3.1 Acquire dried cells after freeze drying

2.3.2 Put a small amount of cells on the slide glass

2.3.3 Add water on the cells and heat the slide glass immobilize the cells

2.3.4 Stain the cells with 1% Nile blue A solution (water) for 8 minutes

2.3.5 Wash excess Nile blue A with 8% acetic acid solution

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