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DNA Quantification – Acropora cervicornis (Staghorn coral) DNA from Javier Casariego (FIU)

DNA samples received yesterday were quantified using the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 to improve quantification accuracy (samples provided by Javier were quantified via NanoDrop, which generally overestimates DNA concentration) prior to performing methylation assessment.

Quantification was performed using the dsDNA Broad Range Kit.

Used 1uL of each sample.

Results:

Three samples are too dilute for immediate use in the MethylFlash Methylated DNA Quantification Kit (Colorimetric) – max sample volume is 8uL. Will have to concentrate them (will likely use SpeedVac to prevent sample loss).

Values were added to the spreadsheet provided by Javier (Google Sheet): A.cervicornis_DNA_Extractions(May_2017).xlsx

Qubit output file (Google Sheet): 20170510_qubit_A_cervicornis_DNA

 

DNA Isolation – Geoduck gDNA for Illumina-initiated Sequencing Project

We were previously approached by Cindy Lawley (Illumina Market Development) for possible participation in an Illumina product development project, in which they wanted to have some geoduck tissue and DNA on-hand in case Illumina green-lighted the use of geoduck for testing out the new sequencing platform on non-model organisms. Well, guess what, Illumina has give the green light for sequencing our geoduck! However, they need at least 4μg of gDNA, so I’m isolating more.

Isolated DNA from ctenidia tissue from the same Panopea generosa individual used for the BGI sequencing efforts. Tissue was collected by Brent & Steven on 20150811.

Used the E.Z.N.A. Mollusc Kit (Omega) to isolate DNA from five separate ~60mg pieces of ctenidia tissue according to the manufacturer’s protocol, with the following changes:

  • Samples were homogenized with plastic, disposable pestle in 350μL of ML1 Buffer
  • Incubated homogenate at 60C for 1hr
  • No optional steps were used
  • Performed three rounds of 24:1 chloroform:IAA treatment
  • Eluted each in 50μL of Elution Buffer and pooled into a single sample

Quantified the DNA using the Qubit dsDNA BR Kit (Invitrogen). Used 1μL of DNA sample.

Concentration = 162ng/μL (Quant data is here [Google Sheet]: 20170105_gDNA_geoduck_qubit_quant

Yield is great (total = ~32μg).

Evaluated gDNA quality (i.e. integrity) by running 162ng (1μL) of sample on 0.8% agarose, low-TAE gel stained with ethidium bromide.

Used 5μL of O’GeneRuler DNA Ladder Mix (ThermoFisher).

 

Results:

 

 

DNA looks good: bright high molecular weight band, minimal smearing, and minimal RNA carryover (seen as more intense “smear” at ~500bp).

Will send off 10μg (they only requested 4μg) so that they have extra to work with in case they come across any issues.

DNA Isolation – Ostrea lurida DNA for PacBio Sequencing

In an attempt to improve upon the partial genome assembly we received from BGI, we will be sending DNA to the UW PacBio core facility for additional sequencing.

Isolated DNA from mantle tissue from the same Ostrea lurida individual used for the BGI sequencing efforts. Tissue was collected by Brent & Steven on 20150812.

Used the E.Z.N.A. Mollusc Kit (Omega) to isolate DNA from two separate 50mg pieces of mantle tissue according to the manufacturer’s protocol, with the following changes:

  • Samples were homogenized with plastic, disposable pestle in 350μL of ML1 Buffer
  • Incubated homogenate at 60C for 1.5hrs
  • No optional steps were used
  • Performed three rounds of 24:1 chloroform:IAA treatment
  • Eluted each in 50μL of Elution Buffer and pooled into a single sample

Quantified the DNA using the Qubit dsDNA BR Kit (Invitrogen). Used 1μL of DNA sample.

Concentration = 326ng/μL (Quant data is here [Google Sheet]: 20161214_gDNA_Olurida_qubit_quant

Yield is good and we have more than enough (~5μg is required for sequencing) to proceed with sequencing.

Evaluated gDNA quality (i.e. integrity) by running ~500ng (1.5μL) of sample on 0.8% agarose, low-TAE gel stained with ethidium bromide.

Used 5μL of O’GeneRuler DNA Ladder Mix (ThermoFisher).

Results:

 

 

Overall, the gel looks OK. A fair amount of smearing, but a strong, high molecular weight band is present. The intensity of the smearing is likely due to the fact that the gel is overloaded for this particular well size. If I had used a broader comb and/or loaded less DNA, the band would be more defined and the smearing would be less prominent.

Will submit sample to the UW PacBio facility tomorrow!

DNA Quantification – Coral DNA from Jose M. Eirin-Lopez (Florida International University)

Quantified the DNA we received from Jose on 20160615 using the Qubit 3.0 Flouorometer (ThermoFisher) with the dsDNA Broad Range (BR) Kit according to the manufacturer’s protocol. Used 1μL of each sample.

Results are here (Google Sheet): Coral_DNA_QubitData_2016-06-30_08-45-56.xls

Here is a table of sample concentrations:

Sample Concentration(ng/μL)
H1 1 52.4
H1 5 34
H1 6 13
H1 8 22
H1 10 39
H1 12 52.4
H5 1 14.7
H5 5 20.8
H5 6 54
H5 8 18.4
H5 10 46.6
H5 12 29.8
H24 1 16.2
H24 5 25
H24 6 20.2
H24 8 22
H24 10 22
H24 12 30.6

 

Will proceed with DNA methylation assessment.

Illumina Methylation Library Quantification – BS-seq Oly/C.gigas Libraries

Re-quantified the libraries that were completed yesterday using the Qubit3.0 dsDNA HS (high sensitivity) assay because the library concentrations were too low for the normal broad range kit.

Results:

Qubit Quants and Library Normalization Calcs: 20151222_qubit_illumina_methylation_libraries

SAMPLE CONCENTRATION (ng/μL)
1NF11 2.42
1NF15 1.88
1NF16 2.74
1NF17 2.54
2NF5 2.72
2NF6 2.44
2NF7 2.38
2NF8 1.88
M2 2.18
M3 2.56
NF2_6 2.5
NF_18 2.66

 

Things look pretty good. The TruSeq DNA Methylation Library Kit (Illumina) suggests that the libraries produced should end up with concentrations >3ng/μL, but we have plenty of DNA here to make a pool for running on the HiSeq2500.

DNA Isolation – Oly gDNA for BS-seq

Need DNA to prep our own libraries for bisulfite-treated high-throughput sequencing (BS-seq).

Isolated gDNA from the following tissue samples stored in RNAlater (tissue was not weighed) using DNAzol:

2NF1
2NF2
2NF3
2NF4
2NF5
2NF6
2NF7
2NF8
1NF11
1NF12
1NF13
1NF14
1NF15
1NF16
1NF17
1NF18

The sample coding breaks down as follows (see the project wiki for a full explanation):

2NF#

2 = Oysters outplanted in Fidalgo Bay

NF = Broodstock originated in Fidalgo Bay

# = Sample number

1NF#

1 = Oysters outplanted in Oyster Bay

NF = Broodstock originated in Fidalgo Bay

# = Sample number

 

DNA was isolated in the following manner:

  • Homogenized tissues in 500μL of DNAzol (Molecular Research Center; MRC).
  • Added additional 500μL of DNAzol.
  • Added 10μL of RNase A (10mg/mL, ThermoFisher); incubated 10mins @ RT.
  • Added 300μL of chloroform and mixed moderately fast by hand.
  • Incubated 5mins @ RT.
  • Centrifuged 12,000g, 10mins, RT.
  • Transferred aqueous phase to clean tube.
  • Added 500μL of 100% EtOH and mixed by inversion.
  • Pelleted DNA 5,000g, 5mins @ RT.
  • Performed 3 washes w/70% EtOH.
  • Dried pellet 3mins.
  • Resuspended in 100μL of Buffer EB (Qiagen).
  • Centrifuged 12,000g, 10mins, RT to pellet insoluble material.
  • Transferred supe to clean tube.

The samples were quantified using the Qubit dsDNA BR reagents (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s protocol and used 1μL of sample for measurement.

Results:

Qubit data (Google Sheet): 20151216_Oly_gDNA_qubit_quants

SAMPLE CONCENTRATION (ng/μL)
2NF1 76.4
2NF2 175
2NF3 690
2NF4 11.7
2NF5 142
2NF6 244
2NF7 25
2NF8 456
1NF11 182
1NF12 432
1NF13 155
1NF14 21
1NF15 244
1NF16 112
1NF17 25.2
1NF18 278

 

Will run samples on gel tomorrow to evaluate gDNA integrity.

DNA Isolation – Olympia Oyster Outer Mantle gDNA

Isolated additional gDNA for the genome sequencing. To try to improve the quality (260/280 & 260/230 ratios) of the gDNA, I added a chloroform step after the initial tissue homogenization.

Used 123mg of Ostrea lurida outer mantle collected by Brent & Steven on 20150812.

  • Homogenized in 500μL of DNAzol.
  • Added additional 500μL of DNAzol.
  • Centrifuged 12,000g, 10mins, @ RT.
  • Split supernatant equally into two tubes.
  • Added 500μL of chloroform and mixed moderately fast by hand.
  • Centrifuged 12,000g, 10mins, RT.
  • Combined aqueous phases from both tubes in a clean tube.
  • Added 500μL of 100% EtOH and mixed by inversion.
  • Spooled precipitated gDNA and transferred to clean tube.
  • Performed 3 washes w/70% EtOH.
  • Dried pellet 3mins.
  • Resuspended in 200μL of Buffer EB (Qiagen).
  • Centrifuged 10,000g, 5mins, RT to pellet insoluble material.
  • Transferred supe to clean tube.

DNA was quantified using two methods: NanoDrop1000 & Qubit 3.0 (ThermoFisher).

For the Qubit, the samples were quantified using the Qubit dsDNA BR reagents (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s protocol and used 1μL of sample for measurement.

Results:

Qubit Data (Google Sheet): 20151125_qubit_gDNA_geoduck_oly_quants

METHOD CONCENTRATION (ng/μL) TOTAL (μg)
Qubit 137 27.4
NanoDrop1000 295 59.0

 

Yield is solid. We should finally have sufficient quantities of gDNA to allow for BGI to proceed with the rest of the genome sequencing! Will run sample on gel to evaluate integrity and then send off to BGI.

The NanoDrop & Qubit numbers still aren’t close (as expected).

The addition of the chloroform step definitely helped improve the 260/280 OD ratio (see below). However, the addition of that step had no noticeable impact on the 260/230 OD ratios, which is a bit disappointing.

 

NanoDrop Absorbance Values & Plots

 

 

DNA Isolation – Geoduck Ctenidia gDNA

Isolated additional gDNA for the genome sequencing. In an attempt to obtain better yields, I used ctenidia (instead of adductor muscle). Additionally, to try to improve the quality (260/280 & 260/230 ratios) of the gDNA, I added a chloroform step after the initial tissue homogenization.

Used 190mg of Panopea generosa ctenidia collected by Brent & Steven on 20150811.

  • Homogenized in 500μL of DNAzol.
  • Added additional 500μL of DNAzol.
  • Centrifuged 12,000g, 10mins, @ RT.
  • Split supernatant equally into two tubes.
  • Added 500μL of chloroform and mixed moderately fast by hand.
  • Centrifuged 12,000g, 10mins, RT.
  • Combined aqueous phases from both tubes in a clean tube.
  • Added 500μL of 100% EtOH and mixed by inversion.
  • Spooled precipitated gDNA and transferred to clean tube.
  • Performed 3 washes w/70% EtOH.
  • Dried pellet 3mins.
  • Resuspended in 200μL of Buffer EB (Qiagen).
  • Centrifuged 10,000g, 5mins, RT to pellet insoluble material.
  • Transferred supe to clean tube.

DNA was quantified using two methods: NanoDrop1000 & Qubit 3.0 (ThermoFisher).

For the Qubit, the samples were quantified using the Qubit dsDNA BR reagents (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s protocol and used 1μL of sample for measurement.

Results:

Qubit Data (Google Sheet): 20151125_qubit_gDNA_geoduck_oly_quants

METHOD CONCENTRATION (ng/μL) TOTAL (μg)
Qubit 105 21.0
NanoDrop1000 173 34.6

 

Yield is definitely much, much better than adductor muscle! Should’ve switched to a different tissue a long time ago! We should finally have sufficient quantities of gDNA to allow for BGI to proceed with the rest of the genome sequencing! Will run sample on gel to evaluate integrity and then send off to BGI.

The NanoDrop & Qubit numbers still aren’t close (as expected).

The addition of the chloroform step definitely helped improve the 260/280 OD ratio (see below). However, the addition of that step had no noticeable impact on the 260/230 OD ratios, which is a bit disappointing.

 

NanoDrop Absorbance Values & Plots

 

Phenol-Chloroform DNA Cleanup – Geoduck gDNA

The gDNA I extracted on 20151104 didn’t look great on the NanoDrop so I decided to perform a phenol-chloroform cleanup to see if I could improve the NanoDrop1000 absorbance spectrum and, in turn, the quality of the gDNA.

  • Added an equal volume (500μL) of phenol:chloroform:isoamyl alcohol (25:24:1) to the DNA
  • Mixed by hand – moderate shaking
  • Centrifuged 2mins, 10,000g, RT
  • Transferred aqueous phase to clean tube and discarded interphase & organic phase
  • Added an equal volume (280μL) of chlforoform:isoamyl alcohol (24:1)
  • Mixed by hand – moderate shaking
  • Centrifuged 2mins, 10,000g, RT
  • Transferred aqueous phase (210μL) to clean tube
  • Added 0.1vols (21μL) of 3M sodium acetate (pH = 5.2)
  • Added 2vols (420μL) of 100% EtOH
  • Mixed by inversion
  • Incubated @ -20C, 1hr (probably not necessary since gDNA clearly precipitated out as soon as I mixed the sample)
  • Pelleted DNA by centrifuging 15mins, 12,000g, RT
  • Discarded supe
  • Washed pellet with 1000μL cold (-20C) 70% EtOH
  • Centrifuged 5mins, 12,000g, RT
  • Discarded supe
  • Repeated was steps three more times
  • Resuspended pellet in 100μL of Buffer EB (Qiagen)

DNA was quantified using two methods: NanoDrop1000 & QuantIT dsDNA BR Kit

For the Quant-IT kit, the samples were quantified using the QuantIT dsDNA BR Kit (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s protocol.

Standards were run in triplicate, samples were run in duplicate.

96-well black (opaque) plate was used.

Fluorescence was measured on the Seeb Lab’s Victor 1420 plate reader (Perkin Elmer).

Results:

METHOD CONCENTRATION (ng/μL) VOLUME (μL) YIELD (ng)
NanoDrop1000 371.83 100 37,183
Quant-IT 100.83 100 10,082

 

The NanoDrop1000 overestimates the concentration of the sample by 3.7x!

Regardless, the yield isn’t all that great (using yield from Quant-IT), which has generally been the case for all of the geoduck gDNA isolations I’ve performed. It would probably be prudent to try isolating gDNA from a different tissue to see if yields improve…

Will evaluate gDNA quality on a gel.

Fluorescence (Google Sheet): 20151124_geoduck_oly_gDNA_quants

 

NanoDrop1000 Measurements and Plots

The clean up procedure didn’t really seem to help with the geoduck sample, as we’re still seeing a significant amount of absorbance from 230 – 250nm.

Phenol-Chloroform DNA Cleanup – Olympia Oyster gDNA

The gDNA I extracted on 20151104 didn’t look great on the NanoDrop so I decided to perform a phenol-chloroform cleanup to see if I could improve the NanoDrop1000 absorbance spectrum and, in turn, the quality of the gDNA.

  • Added an equal volume (500μL) of phenol:chloroform:isoamyl alcohol (25:24:1) to the DNA
  • Mixed by hand – moderate shaking
  • Centrifuged 2mins, 10,000g, RT
  • Transferred aqueous phase to clean tube and discarded interphase & organic phase
  • Added an equal volume (380μL) of chlforoform:isoamyl alcohol (24:1)
  • Mixed by hand – moderate shaking
  • Centrifuged 2mins, 10,000g, RT
  • Transferred aqueous phase (320μL) to clean tube
  • Added 0.1vols (32μL) of 3M sodium acetate (pH = 5.2)
  • Added 2vols (640μL) of 100% EtOH
  • Mixed by inversion
  • Incubated @ -20C, 1hr (probably not necessary since gDNA clearly precipitated out as soon as I mixed the sample)
  • Pelleted DNA by centrifuging 15mins, 12,000g, RT
  • Discarded supe
  • Washed pellet with 1000μL cold (-20C) 70% EtOH
  • Centrifuged 5mins, 12,000g, RT
  • Discarded supe
  • Repeated was steps three more times
  • Resuspended pellet in 100μL of Buffer EB (Qiagen)

DNA was quantified using two methods: NanoDrop1000 & QuantIT dsDNA BR Kit

For the Quant-IT kit, the samples were quantified using the QuantIT dsDNA BR Kit (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s protocol.

Standards were run in triplicate, samples were run in duplicate.

96-well black (opaque) plate was used.

Fluorescence was measured on the Seeb Lab’s Victor 1420 plate reader (Perkin Elmer).

Results:

 

METHOD CONCENTRATION (ng/μL) VOLUME (μL) YIELD (ng)
NanoDrop1000 547.15 200 109,430
Quant-IT 74.26 200 14,851

 

The NanoDrop1000 overestimates the concentration of the sample by 7.4x! That’s really insane!

Regardless, this is a solid yield (using yield from Quant-IT) and, when combined with the other Ostrea lurida gDNA that I isolated today, should push the total amount of gDNA submitted to BGI over the required threshold.

Will evaluate gDNA quality on a gel.

Fluorescence (Google Sheet): 20151124_geoduck_oly_gDNA_quants

 

NanoDrop1000 Measurements and Plots

The clean up seems to have worked well, as the absorbance spectrum is much improved and nearly mirrors that of the Oly gDNA isolated with the Mollusc Kit.