Overall, things are looking better than yesterday’s run: better reps, better efficiency and better R^2. Will move forward with beginning to validate this qPCR assay, as well as use for some other sample analysis that Carolyn has in mind (comparing RLOv vs. WS levels in abalone collected from wild sites in California).
The efficiency & R^2 values look pretty solid, but the spacing between the 300 copy (Cq ~ 32 in the amplification plot) and the 30 copy (Cq ~ 34 in the amplification plot) samples is a bit too tight for my liking. Additionally, the reps for the 3 copy sample are very poor.
Amplifcation plots and the standard curve best fit line looks really good. Efficiency is very close to 100% and the R^2 = 0.99. Additionally, virtually all of the replicates are very tight. This looks like it will be totally usable as a standard curve for developing a qPCR assay that targets the RLOv DNA helicase gene.
This curve is way wonky. Interestingly, the end-point fluroescence levels for this curve 5-fold lower than the DNA helicase curve. I’ll likely repeat this qPCR to see if these crappy results are repeatable. However, having a single qPCR assay (the DNA helicase standard curve) for RLOv detection/quantification might be sufficient, rendering a second qPCR assay unneeded.
Set up restriction digestions to linearize the pCR2.1/RLOv plasmids in preparation for ISH probes and qPCR standard curves. Used BamHI (NEB), since it doesn’t cut in any of the RLOv sequences and cuts one time in pCR2.1-TOPO (Invitrogen).
Vol for 1.5μg (μL)
H2O to 40μL
Digestion Master Mix
SINGLE REACTION (μL)
x 5.5 (μL)
10x Buffer 3.1 (NEB)
Add 10μL to each tube
Digests were incubated at 37C for 1hr in PTC-200 thermal cycler (MJ Research); no heated lid.
Ran 3μL of undigested plasmid and 10μL of linearized plasmid on 0.8% agarose 1x TBE gel stained w/EtBR.
Hyperladder I (Bioline)
U = Undigested; Bam = BamHI digest
Besides the funky way this gel ran, the digests look to be complete.
Will quantify remaining linearized plasmids with a dye-based method for accurate quantification and then proceed with the making ISH probes (membrane genes and tail fiber gene) or qPCR standard curves (DNA helicase and head-to-tail).
Each clone’s sequence matches that of the source sequence, so we’re good to go!
Will proceed with dye-based quantification of each plasmid. Will then proceed with developing ISH probes (membrane genes 1 & 2, tail fiber gene) or qPCR standard curves (DNA helicase, head-to-tail).
In the alignments below, the reference sequence is highlighted in light yellow. The two electropherograms are align below the reference. The grey line in the consensus sequence indicates any sequence disagreements by placement of a black mark at the position. However, the sequences all match, so there are no black marks in the regions between the identified vector sequences (red annotations below each electropherogram).