Biomolecular Breadboards:Preliminary Data
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Plasmid Expression of GFP
Using pBEST-OR2-OR1-Pr-UTR1-deGFP-T500, a plasmid enhanced for GFP expression, the biomolecular breadboard is able to express mass at equal concentrations to comparable bacteriophage in-vitro systems (J. Shin and V. Noireaux, 2010).
Expression of plasmids can be optimized by concentration.
Figure 1. eGFP expression as a function of plasmid DNA template. Plasmid DNA pBEST-OR2-OR1-Pr-UTR1-eGFP-T500 is varied by concentration.
Protecting Linear DNA from Exonuclease-Mediated Degradation
Current standards for circuit design utilize plasmids for DNA template, which require time-consuming subcloning steps. However, circuits based on linear DNA require only PCR assembly or gene synthesis, which drastically decreases preparation time. As a purely extract-derived system, our biomolecular breadboard exhibits exonuclease activity which degrades linear DNA. We are developing multiple technologies to protect linear DNA from exonuclease degradation. These include:
- Protecting linear DNA using noncoding segments
- Inhibiting RecBCD exonuclease with gamS
- Adding thiosulfate bonds to 5' ends
Figure 2: Exonuclease protection using non-coding DNA. Linear DNA templates, 2nM, are derived from plasmid DNA pBEST-OR2-OR1-Pr-UTR1-eGFP-Del6-229-T500 with varying amounts of noncoding DNA surrounding the coding sequence.
Figure 3. (left) GamS from lambda phage, an inhibitor of RecBCD complex, inhibits template DNA degradation. Linear DNA templates, 2nM, are derived from plasmid DNA pBEST-OR2-OR1-Pr-UTR1-eGFP-Del6-229-T500. GamS supplied at 3uM concentration. (right) Simulation results based on a simple ODE model.
Figure 5. Thiosulfate bonds protect against 5' exonuclease degradation. Linear DNA templates, 2nM, are derived from plasmid DNA pBEST-OR2-OR1-Pr-UTR1-eGFP-Del6-229-T500. 5 thiosulfate bonds are present at each 5' end. GamS supplied at 3uM concentration.