Team:Aberdeen Scotland/Parts/ 2009


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Our characterisation of existing BioBrick BBa_K542009

pLacI Regulated AG43


To verify Assembly Standard 10 compliance


Escherichia coli bacterial culture containing plasmids BBa_K542009 (coding region of Ag43 only), was inoculated overnight in LB-chloramphenicol medium in a shaking water bath at 370C. Plasmid mini preps were conducted with a Qiagen plasmid mini prep kit. Single and double restriction digests were carried out accordingly:

Restriction digests with EcoRI, XbaI, SpeI and PstI was performed to linearize the vector and to confirm the existence of unique restriction sites, as required by the iGEM biobrick Assembly standard 10 rules. Double restriction digests with EcoRI plus PstI and XbaI plus SpeI were performed to separate the BBa_K542009 insert from the pSB1C3 plasmid backbone. Digests were incubated at 370C for 2 hours and analysed by gel electrophoresis. Theoretical maps were used to calculate the expected sizes of the fragments and to compare them against the gel electrophoresis results.


Fig.1    Gel electrophoresis on standard restriction digests of BBa_K542009

Restriction digests were separated on a 0.8% agarose gel. Lane 1; NEB 1 kb size standards ladder, Lane 2; uncut plasmid, Lanes 3-6; plasmid cut with either EcoRI, XbaI, SpeI or PstI respectively, Lane 7; plasmid cut with EcoRI+PstI, Lane 8; plasmid cut with XbaI+SpeI.

Fig.2    Fragment sizes resulted from standard restriction digests on BBa_K542009.


The gel results for the pSB1C3- BBa_K542009 construct suggested that the sequence has a deletion of approximately 1.2 kb, when compared to the theoretical map. Additionally, this Biobrick contains an extra XbaI site. Thus we conclude that the BioBrick BBa_K542009 originally deposited with iGEM did not meet assembly standard 10.
Based on the results mentioned above, pSB1C3- BBa_K759001 has been chosen as the subject for removal of the PstI sites to ensure that an Ag43 BioBrick is created that meets Assembly Standard 10 requirements (see the RFC10 compatible version of this Biobrick created by 2014 iGEM Aberdeen team:BBa_K1352000)