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Project Description/Abstract

It was found that methylated nucleotides change incorporation of modified nucleotides used for DNA sequencing [1, 2]. This makes it possible to destinguish between methylated and unmethylated sites in DNA by sequencing. The goal of this project is to find if it is also possible to quantify this to find out how much of the DNA is methylated. This is a common question usually answered with Southern Blot experiments which are quite workintensive. To see if there is a correlation of peak intensity with the degree of methylation the first step is to sequence defined mixtures of plasmids from an E. coli dam- strain with plasmids from a dam+ strain that were also methylated in vitro. For the first experiments I used plasmid pGATC [3] that containes a GATC cluster with numerous methylation sites. Complete in vitro methylation of the dam+ pGATC was checked by digestion with HphI which is sensitive to methylation (2.10.2008).

Strains and Plasmids

  • MOR2 ALO14(delta oriC1071, hfr::ilv, asnA::Tn10,asnB) lacZ:Tn5 km, tet
  • ALO14 lacZ:Tn5 tet Box:O21
  • ALO1826 ALO14/pOC24 #1 Ref. MGG162, 269-275 (1978) amp Box:R41
  • ALO1829 ALO1826dam13::Tn9. Constr ALO1826XP1(ALO348) Sel amp, cam Box:R43

Future Plans

  • Use the method to analyse methylation of oriC on the minichromosome (plasmid with chromosomal origin):
  1. Purify minichromosome (pOC24) from dam+ (ALO1826) and dam- (ALO1829) strains (see strainlist above and [4])
  • methylation in different strains could be interesting:
    • Dam-overproduction
    • seqA deletion, over-production, under-production
    • synchronized cells
    • DnaA-over and underproduction (deletion)

Method for Plasmid Isolation

  • When isolating plasmids that should be analysed regarding there methylation state it is important to stopp Dam methylase as fast as possible after taking samples. The following method is adapted from [5]:
  1. Grow cells to OD600 of ~0.3


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  1. Error fetching PMID 16091626: [Bart-2005]
  2. Error fetching PMID 9580708: [Rao-1998]
  3. Error fetching PMID 18835566: [Bach-2008]
  4. Error fetching PMID 12505992: [Skarstad-2003]
  5. Error fetching PMID 1697508: [Campbell-1990]
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