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<partinfo>BBa_R0062 AddReview 4</partinfo> ETH Zurich 2014


Characterization of the promoter's basal leakiness to LuxR in the absence of 3OC6-HSL

The amount of regulator LuxR (BBa_C0062) in the system was shown to influence the pLuxR promoter's basal expression or leakiness. By using the three different constitutive promoters BBa_J23100, BBa_J23109, and BBa_J23111 for the production of LuxR we have measured this effect in terms of fluorescence.

Background information

We used an E. coli TOP10 strain transformed with two medium copy plasmids (about 15 to 20 copies per plasmid and cell). The first plasmid contained the commonly used p15A origin of replication, a kanamycin resistance gene, and promoter pLuxR (BBa_R0062) followed by RBS (BBa_B0034) and superfolder green fluorescent protein (sfGFP). In general, for spacer and terminator sequences the parts BBa_B0040 and BBa_B0015 were used, respectively. The second plasmid contained the pBR322 origin (pMB1), which yields a stable two-plasmid system together with p15A, an ampicillin resistance gene, and one of three promoters chosen from the Anderson promoter collection followed by luxR (BBa_C0062). The detailed regulator construct design and full sequences (piG0041, piG0046, piG0047) are available here.

Experimental Set-Up

The above described E. coli TOP10 strain was grown overnight in Lysogeny Broth (LB) containing kanamycin (50 μg/mL) and ampicillin (200 μg/mL) to an OD600 of about 1.5 (37 degrees Celsius, 220 rpm). As a reference, a preculture of the same strain lacking the sfGFP gene was included for each assay. The cultures were then diluted 1:40 in fresh LB containing the appropriate antibiotics and measured in microtiter plate format on 96-well plates (200 μL culture volume) for 10 h at 37 degrees Celsius with a Tecan infinite M200 PRO plate reader (optical density measured at 600 nm; fluorescence with an excitation wavelength of 488 nm and an emission wavelength of 530 nm).

Modeling leakiness


Characterization of the promoter's sensitivity to 3OC6-HSL depending on LuxR concentration

Background information

Systems considered

Modeling promoter's sensitivity


Characterization of two-level crosstalk on the promoter

Background information

System considered

Modeling crosstalk

First-order crosstalk

First Level crosstalk: LuxR binds to different HSL and activates the promoter

ETH Zurich 1crosstalkPlux.png

Second Level crosstalk: other regulatory proteins, like LasR, bind to their natural HSL substrate and activates the promoter

ETH Zurich 2crosstalkPlux.png

Second order crosstalk: Combination of both cross-talk levels

Other regulatory proteins, like LasR, bind to different HSL and activates the promoter

ETH Zurich 3crosstalkPlux.png