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qPCR – CDFW White Abalone Samples (RLOv DNA helicase)

The samples that CDFW sent us earlier were previously checked for RLO presence with the withering syndrome qPCR assay.

Standard curve was from 20151106.

All samples were run in duplicate.

Master mix calcs are here; since I ran these with the other samples, the master mix used was part of the other project indicated in the spreadsheet (Google Sheet): 20170420 – qPCR RLOv DNA Helicase

Plate layout, cycling params, etc. can be found in the qPCR Report (see Results).

Baseline threshold was manually set to 580.5, as previously determined.

Results:

qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2017-04-20 07-50-18_CC009827.pdf
qPCR Data File (CFX): Sam_2017-04-20 07-50-18_CC009827.pcrd

Standard curve looks good and all samples provided come up positive for RLOv DNA helicase.

I’ve compiled the raw data of both the WSN qPCR and this in this Google Sheet: 20170420_CDFW_White_Ab_qPCR_summary

Here’s a summary table of the results (copy numbers are mean copies from qPCR replicates):

SAMPLE RLOV DNA HELICASE (COPIES) WSN1 (COPIES)
SF16-76_DG-1  165318.58 169.25
 SF16-76_DG-2  47839.81  20.70
 SF16-76_PE-1  1036697.17 633.75
 SF16-76_PE-2  46763.60  296.83
 SF17-17  117.29  2.16

NOTE: The WSN1 copies for SF17-17 is below the accepted detection limit of the qPCR assay (i.e. < 3 copies).

Will share my notebooks and spreadsheet with Blythe at CDFW.

Amplification Plots

Green = Standard Curve

Blue = Samples

Red = No template control

 

 

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Sample ID – Black Abalone DNA for RLOv qPCRs

Carolyn & Stan Langevin have agreed that the DNA helicase qPCR should be tested on 10 black abalone DNA extractions that fall into multiple levels of the Friedman Lab’s withering syndrome histology scoring.

Downloaded the (Google Sheet) Black Abalone: Expt 1 – WS & Phage as a CSV file. After downloading, I renamed the file (Black_Abalone.csv) to facilitate easier usage in the following steps.

Created a sqlite database using GitBash for Windows:
Change to directory where file is located:

$cd Downloads

Start sqlite:

$sqlite3

Tell sqlite that the field separator will be commas (i.e. CSV file):

sqlite>.separator ","

Import the CSV file and provide a name for the resulting database:

sqlite>.import Black_Abalone.csv BlackAbs

Set output display mode to column for easier reading:

sqlite>.mode column

Set output display to include column headers:

sqlite>.headers on

 

To select all the samples that have scores of 0 in both PE and DG RLO fields (screen cap does not show entire output list):

 

To select all the samples that have scores of 1 in both PE and DG RLO fields:

 

To select all the samples that have scores of 2 in both PE and DG RLO fields:

 

Here are the full set of results in a table

RLO/RLOv 0 RLO/RLOv 1 RLO/RLOv 2
06:5-03 06:5-35A 06:5-31
06:5-04 06:50-08 06:5-32B
06:5-08 06:50-10 06:6-46
06:5-09 06:6-32 06:6-49
06:5-10 06:6-39 08:3-05
06:5-11 06:6-42 08:3-07
06:5-14 06:6-44 08:3-15
06:5-16 06:6-52 08:3-16
06:5-18 06:6-54
06:5-20 07:12-18
06:5-21 08:3-08
06:5-22 08:3-10
06:5-24
06:5-30
06:50-04
06:50-05
06:50-11
06:50-12
06:50-13
06:50-15
06:50-16
06:6-01
06:6-02
06:6-03
06:6-05
06:6-08
06:6-11
06:6-12
06:6-13
06:6-15
06:6-16
06:6-17
06:6-18
06:6-20
06:6-21
06:6-22
06:6-23
06:6-24
06:6-25
06:6-26
06:6-27
06:6-28
07:12-01
07:12-02
07:12-03
07:12-04
07:12-05
07:12-06
07:12-07
07:12-09
07:12-10
07:12-13
07:12-19
08:3-01
08:3-02
08:3-03
08:3-04
08:3-13
08:4-01
08:4-02
08:4-03
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08:4-19
08:4-20
08:4-21
08:4-22
08:4-23
08:4-24
08:4-25
08:5-06

Will select just 10 of those in the RLO/RLOv 0 column for use in qPCR.

I was able to track down the boxes where are these DNAs were stored (see images below).

Boxes that were not labeled with accession numbers of the samples contained therein are now labeled.

Boxes that contained samples that belonged in other boxers were transferred to the appropriate box.

All boxes were located, and returned, to the big -20C in 240 on Lisa’s shelf.

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Abalone Sampling – Post-esophagus & Digestive Gland

Helped Ava sample 162 red abalone (Haliotis rufescens).

Accession numbers 15:11-1 through 15:11-162

  • Animals were weighed.
  • Took one post-esophagus sample and one digestive gland sample for histology, placed in histology cassette; three animals per cassette.
  • Took one post-esophagus sample in 95% ethanol for qPCR
  • Shells were labeled and retained for post-sampling weighing/measurements.

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Abalone Sampling – Post-esophagus & Digestive Gland

Helped Ava sample 74 red abalone (Haliotis rufescens).

Accession numbers 15:10-1 through 15:10-74

  • Animals were weighed.

  • Took one post-esophagus sample and one digestive gland sample for histology, placed in histology cassette; three animals per cassette.

  • Took one post-esophagus sample in 95% ethanol for qPCR

  • Shells were labeled and retained for post-sampling weighing/measurements.

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Abalone Sampling – Post-esophageal & Digestive Gland Tissues

Ava sent up abalone for sampling from California for tissue sampling. Here’s the summary of how things went.

  • Animal temps @ -8.0C when opened at lab
  •  ~120 animals sampled
  •  Only 1 dead animal found- Additional dead abalone included in shipment were NOT sampled; too dead
  • Started @ ~11AM, finished at 5:15PM (3 people dissecting, 1 person weighing)
  • All mesh bags were saved and are in a 10% bleach solution over night in sink in 236
  • Histo cassettes put in Davidson’s over night; need to be transferred to 70% EtOH tomorrow
  • Histo cassette layout: animal #1 upper left, animal #2 upper right, animal #3 lower left
  • Tubes for 15:9 sampling have labels applied
  • Histo cassettes for 15:9 sampling have NOT been labelled
  • Empty shells have been labelled and saved; will need to be weighed/measured later

 

 

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Differential Centrifugation – Isolation of Ricketssia from Red Abalone Post-Esophegus Tissue

Post-esphagus (PE) tissue was isolated from one control abalone (12:6-1; 0.077g PE) and three “hot” abalone (11:8-8, -9, -10; 0.1606g PE, 0.126g PE, 0.1205g PE) by Lisa. Control abalone PE was homogenized in 0.5mL TriReagent and stored @ -80C. The three “hot” abalone PE were individually homogenized in ice cold 5mL of 1x Tris Sucrose Buffer (TSB). pH = 7.4 until the entire tissue was fully homogenized, including the difficult connective tissue.

Samples were transferred to 15mL conical tubes and spun at 250g for 10mins @ 4C. The supe was transferred to a 30% Percoll-TSB gradient. The pellet was placed into 1mL TriReagent, vortexed and stored @ -80C (Hot PE Pellet). 25uL from the pellet and the supe were saved for qPCR analysis.

The gradient was spun at 25000g for 2hrs at 4C in a Sorvall T21 centrifuge in a SL-50T rotor with the “SoftSpin” setting on and the brake turned off.

Below is a link to a slide show of the sample at various stages of preparation, including images of what the gradient looked like after the final spin.

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