IGEM:IMPERIAL/2007/Projects/Hrp System/Systems/Hrp Device 1/TestingValidation/ProtocolpLac
Preparing the Over night Cultures
- Inoculate 5ml of M9 minimal media containing 40 μg/mL Ampicillin with 10μl of stored culture containing pLac test construct.
- Incubate at 37°C for overnight in a shaker.
- Allows selected growth of E.coli with vector
- Incubate M9 Amp Media 37o
- Remove the overnight culture from incubator and measure Optical Density at 600nm (O.D.600) of a 4ml sample. Click here for technique on spectrometer.
- Calculate the volume of culture needed to give a O.D.600 in a 10ml volume, use simple calculate:
volume culture = (0.1/O.D.600)*10ml
- With the calculated volume of culture add pre-warmed M9 media to make total volume of 10ml
- Return the 10ml culture to the incubator and incubate at 37oC for 2 hours.
- The purpose of inoculating a new media is because over night E.coli will go into the stationary phase, but by inoculating a new medium we are returned cells to the exponential phase
- Whilst the cultures are incubating prepare the standard dilutions of IPTG.(PROCESS)
2 hours Incubation
- Remove culture and measure O.D.600.
- Calculate the volume of culture needed to give a O.D.600 in a 15ml volume, use simple calculate:
volume culture = (0.1/O.D.600)*15ml
- With the calculated volume of culture add pre-warmed M9 media to make total volume of 15ml
- Spin the 15ml culture in a centrifuge for 10 mins at 300 to 2000g minutes(check). Cells will form a pellet in the bottom of the tube.
- Carefully remove the liquid in the tube (supernatant) to leave just the pellet.
- Re-suspend the cells in 15ml of prewarmed M9 Amp and gentle vortex.
- This is to supply fresh media, ensures the cultures remain in the exponential phase
Fluorometer Plate Reader
- Retrieve the Plate
- Remove 200μL of the culture from the 15ml into 10 wells.
- Pipette samples into a 96 well plate
- Add 2μL of pre-prepared IPTG solutions to relevant well (Follow schematic)
- In addition want the following control wells:
- 200μl of growth medium.
- Cultures without vector.
- A 200μL culture with 2μL of 1mM IPTG
- Place into the fluorometer and set time intervals to relevant settings to give 50 time points.