Samples Received – Pinto Abalone DNased RNA from UC-Irvine

Received DNased pinto abalone RNA from Alyssa Braciszewski at UC-Irvine. These are subset of the samples I sent her back in February.

Here’s the samples list provided by Alyssa (Google Sheet): shipment to UW of RNA samples.xlsx

The samples need to be confirmed to be free if residual RLO gDNA via qPCR. If they are clean, then will proceed to making cDNA, using provided reagents.

Reagents were stored in door of -20C in FSH 240.

Samples were stored in the provided box in the “new” -80C in FSH 235.

DNA Quantification – RLO viability DNased RNA

I previously DNased RNA I isolated from water filters that were part of the RLO viability experiment that Lisa and the Capstone students are conducting. I checked for residual gDNA carryover via qPCR and all of the samples that were intended for dosing the abalone came up positive. It’s likely due to such a high quantity of algae that was co-filtered with the potential RLOs, leading to over-saturation of the RNAzol with DNA, resulting in the gDNA carryover.

In turn, I think the DNase treatment was insufficient for the quantity of carryover DNA.

I am planning on re-DNasing those samples, but want to quantify any residual DNA present to make sure that the samples aren’t still too concentrated for the DNase.

Samples were quantified using the Robert Lab Qubit 3.0 and the Qubit dsHS reagents (high sensitivity), using 1uL of sample.


Residual DNA is still present, but at levels that are well below the maximum that the DNase treatment (10ug) can handle. I will redo the DNase treatment on these samples. Spreadsheet is linked, and embedded below, with sample concentrations.

Spreadsheet (Google Sheet): 20170424_filter_rna_dna_quant

qPCR – Capstone RLO Viability DNased RNA

Need to verify that the DNased RNA I made previously does not have any detectable gDNA present.

Ran the withering syndrome qPCR assay on the DNased RNA.

Standard curve was p18RK7 from 20161128.

All samples were run in duplicate. As such, the number of samples required to qPCR runs.

Master mix calcs are here (Google Sheet): 20170406_qPCR_WSN1_capstone

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

Baseline threshold was manually set to 580, as previously determined by Lisa.


qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2017-04-06 10-01-23_CC009827.pdf
qPCR Data File (CFX96): Sam_2017-04-06 10-01-23_CC009827.pcrd

qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2017-04-06 11-36-53_CC009827_capstone_RLO_viability_WSN1.pdf
qPCR Data File (CFX96): Sam_2017-04-06 11-36-53_CC009827_capstone_RLO_viability_WSN1.pcrd

Well, some samples came up positive for residual DNA. The samples that came up positive are all three dilutions of the RLO used for initial infection of the abalone.

This makes things interesting to deal with. Seeing that no other samples have detectable DNA suggests that those samples are fine to move forward with for reverse transcription. However, it’s unlikely that the DNase treatment only worked on a subset of a samples, since it was distributed via a master mix.

Regardless, there isn’t any additional RNA to work with. So, I’ll put the samples that came up positive through a second round of DNase treatment. Addtionally, I may dilute them slightly to avoid complications from accumulation of too much DNase buffer, due to leftover buffer from the first round…

Amplification Plots from Sam_2017-04-06 10-01-23_CC009827.pcrd

Green = p18RK7 standards
Blue = samples
Red = No template control


Standard Curve from Sam_2017-04-06 10-01-23_CC009827.pcrd



Amplification Plots from Sam_2017-04-06 11-36-53_CC009827_capstone_RLO_viability_WSN1.pcrd



Standard Curve from Sam_2017-04-06 11-36-53_CC009827_capstone_RLO_viability_WSN1.pcrd

DNase Treatment – Abalone Water Filters for RLO Viability

The RNA I isolated earlier today was subjected to DNase treatment using the Turbo DNA-free Kit (Invitrogen), following the manufacturer’s standard protocol.

After DNase inactivation treatment, the RNA was transferred (recovered ~19uL from each samples)  to a clear, low-profile PCR plate.

The plate layout is here (Google Sheet): 20170309_RLO_viability_DNased_RNA_plate_layout

The samples will be subjected to qPCR to assess the presence/absence of residual gDNA. The plate of DNased RNA was stored @ -80C in the original box that the water filters were stored in.

An overview of the experiment and the various treatments are viewable in the “Viability Trial 2″ tab of Lisa’s spreadsheet (Google Sheet): RLO Viability & ID50

Reverse Transcription – Water Filter DNased RNA (from 20161207)

Performed reverse transcription on the DNased RNA samples that I verified were free of detectable RLO DNA (20161207).

Combined 17μL DNased RNA + 0.5μL random primers (Promega; Cat: C1181) in 0.2mL PCR tubes.

NOTE: The 17μL was virtually all of the sample volume recovered from DNasing. As such, the DNased RNA will not be quantified.

Incubated DNased RNA and primer mix in PTC-200 thermal cycler (MJ Research) at 70C for 5mins w/heated lid, then immediately placed on ice.

Created master mix of following components:

5x MMLV RT BUFFER 5 14 70
10mM dNTPS (Promega) 1.25 14 17.5
MMLV RT (Promega) 0.5 14 7

Added 6.75 of master mix to each and mixed by pipetting.

Incubated PTC-200 thermal cycler (MJ Research) @ 37C for 1hr (no heated lid), followed by 95C for 3mins (heated lid). Samples were transferred to 0.5mL snap cap tubes and labelled with “cDNA” and the corresponding sample name. Samples will be stored in my -20C box.

UPDATE 20170830 Lisa has moved these samples to a -20C box dedicated to RLO Viability cDNA.

qPCR – DNased RNA from Abalone Water Filters (from earlier today)

Prior to creating cDNA, need to verify that the DNased RNA from earlier today doesn’t contain any detectable RLO DNA.

Master mix calcs (Google Sheet): 20161128 – qPCR Water Filter DNased RNA

All samples were run in duplicate. Plate layout, cycling params, etc. are in the qPCR Report (see Results below).

Standard curve was the p18RK7 curve made on 20161128.

Baseline threshold was manually set to 580, as previously determined by Lisa for this assay.

qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2016-12-07 09-10-07_CC009827.pdf
qPCR File (CFX96):Sam_2016-12-07 09-10-07_CC009827.pcrd

Standard curve looks good.

No samples amplified. This suggests that there is no detectable DNA in any of the DNased RNA samples. Will proceed with making cDNA.



Reverse Transcription – Withering Syndrome DNased RNA

Performed reverse transcription with 307ng of each DNased withering syndrome RNA from earlier today using Promega reagents (M-MLV, random primers) according to the manufacturer’s recommendations in the M-MLV product insert.

Reverse transcription calcs are here: 20150318 – WS Viability cDNA Calcs

Incubated DNased RNA/primer mixture @ 70C for 5mins. Placed immediately on ice. Added M-MLV master mix to each sample, incubated @ 37C 1hr and held at 4C in thermalcycler.

qPCR – DNased Withering Syndrome RNA

Ran qPCR on DNased withering syndrome RNA to verify there’s no residual gDNA, prior to performing reverse transciption.

Master mix calcs are here: 20150318 – qPCR WSN DNased RNA Test

Used 1μL of template. This was based on using 17.5μL of DNased RNA in the reverse transcription reaction. Each sample was ~20ng/μL which results in ~350ng DNased RNA in a 25μL reverse transcription reaction (350ng/25μL = 14ng/μL). So, using 1μL in the qPCR reaction roughly approximates the amount of DNased RNA one will encounter when running qPCRs with the cDNA.

Positive control was the 3e6 p18RK7 standard curve sample from 20120731.

All samples were run in duplicate.

See qPCR Report (see Results) for plate layout, cycling params, etc.


qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2015-03-18 14-22-39_CC009827.pdf
qPCR Data File (CFX96): Sam_2015-03-18 14-22-39_CC009827.pcrd

The only reaction that amplified was the positive control. The DNased RNA does not have any amplifiable gDNA. Will proceed to reverse transcription.

DNase – Withering Syndrome RNA

Withering syndrome RNA, extracted from water filters, was confirmed via qPCR to contain detectable quantities of withering syndrome DNA. Before proceeding to make cDNA, residual gDNA carryover from the RNA extraction needs to be removed.

Performed DNase treatment with the Turbo DNA-free Kit (Ambion/Life Technologies), following the rigorous. Used 10μL of each of the following template RNA:

  • Day 0-1
  • Day 3-1
  • Day 7-1
  • Day 11-1

Reactions were performed in a volume of 50μL. Used 1μL of DNase for the first 30mins @ 37C and then added an additional 1μL of DNase for the final 30mins @ 37C. Samples were inactivated according to the manufacturer’s protocol and spec’d on the Roberts Lab NanoDrop1000.


Yields are consistent. The OD260/280 values are still poor (didn’t expect them to change, though). Will qPCR to verify removal of gDNA.