Sanger Sequencing – pCR2.1/OsHV-1 ORF117 Sequencing Data

Received the Sanger sequencing data back from Genewiz for the samples I submitted last week.

AB1 files were downloaded as a zip file and stored in the Friedman Lab server: backupordie/lab/sequencing_data/Sanger/

Files were analyzed using Geneious 10.2.3.

Geneious analysis was exported (compatible with version 6.0 and up) and saved to the Friedman Lab server:



After vector ID and trimming, all sequences from both colonies were aligned, resulting in an 867bp contig. The size of this contig jives perfectly with the bright PCR band at ~1000bp I saw when screening the two colonies (the ~1000bp includes 300bp of vector sequence from using the M13 primers).


The alignment above shows that there were no gaps in the sequencing between the two sequencing primers (M13 forward and M13 reverse). I point this out because the insert in this plasmid was supposed to be the full-length OsHV-1 ORF117 (which is ~1300bp), as described in: Detection of undescribed ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) specimens from Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas. Martenot et al. 2015. As the sequencing shows, that is not what is cloned in this vector.

To determine what was actually cloned in this vector, I performed a BLASTx against the nr database, using the consensus sequence generated from the alignment above:


BLASTx generated a total of six matches, five of which match OsHV-1 ORF117 (the hypothetical and RING finger proteins listed above actually have alternate accession numbers that all point to ORF117). However, notice in the one alignment example provided at the bottom of the above image, the Query (i.e. our consensus sequence) only starts aligning at nucleotide 109 and matches up with the NCBI OsHV-1 ORF117 beginning at amino acid 158.

The results clearly show that the insert in this vector is OsHV-1 ORF117, but it is not the entire thing. To confirm this, I aligned the consensus sequence to the OsHV-1 genome (GenBank: AY509253.2) using Geneious:


In the image above, I have zoomed into the region in which our sequencing consensus aligned within the OsHV-1 genome. In order to see in more detail, please click on the image above. There are two noticeable things in this alignment:

  1. The insert we sequenced doesn’t span the entire ORF117 coding sequence (the yellow annotation in the image above).

  2. There’s a significant amount of sequence mismatch (112bp; indicated by black hash marks) between the sequenced insert and the OsHV-1 ORF117 genomic sequence from GenBank, at the 5′ end of the insert.

Will pass this info along to Carolyn and Tim to see how they want to proceed.

Sanger Sequencing Submission – pCR2.1/Clam RLO clones

After the previous round of sequencing analysis, decided to sequence a couple of additional clones from each of the three groups: 16s, EHR, EUB. Submitted ~500ng (3μL) of clones #2 & #3 (C2 & C3) from each group to GENEWIZ for Sanger sequencing (Order #: 10-291940235). Each clone was sequenced from each direction with M13F (-21) and M13R primers for a total of 12 sequencing reactions:

  1. SW01 16s_C2_01-M13F(-21)
  2. SW02 16s_C2_02-M13R
  3. SW03 16s_C3_01-M13F(-21)
  4. SW04 16s_C3_02-M13R
  5. SW05 EHR_C2_01-M13F(-21)
  6. SW06 EHR_C2_02-M13R
  7. SW07 EHR_C3_01-M13F(-21)
  8. SW08 EHR_C3_02-M13R
  9. SW09 EUB_C2_01-M13F(-21)
  10. SW10 EUB_C2_02-M13R
  11. SW11 EUB_C3_01-M13F(-21)
  12. SW12 EUB_C3_02-M13R

Plasmid Isolation – Clam RLO 16s, EHR, & EUB clones

Prepared 1x LB + 50μg/mL ampicillin. Aliquoted 5mL of LB-Amp50 liquid media to 18 15mL conical tubes. Used the restreaked plates created 20150207 and used sterile pipette tips to select each of the six positive colonies from each cloning reaction and inoculate 5mL of LB-Amp50 liquid media. Tubes were incubated O/N @ 37C on a rocker.

All cultures grew. Three milliliters from each culture were used to isolate plasmid DNA using the QIAprep Spin Mini Kit (Qiagen). Samples were eluted with 50μL Buffer EB.

Frozen bacterial stocks were made from each of the six clones, using 500μL of each bacterial culture + 500μL of sterile, 50% glycerol in 2mL screw cap tubes.

Bacterial stocks and plasmid preps were labelled in the following fashion:

  • pCR2.1/Clam RLO 16s C1 – C6
  • pCR2.1/Clam RLO EHR C1 – C6
  • pCR2.1/Clam RLO EUB C1 – C6

where “C#” indicates the clone number. The bacterial stocks were stored @ -80C in the following box “Clones Box 2″:


Plasmid preps were quantified on the Roberts Lab NanoDrop1000.


Spreadsheet: 20150305_ClamRLO_miniprep_ODs

After speaking with Carolyn, she decided she wanted to sequence one clone from each group. Submitted ~500ng of clone #1 (C1) from each group to GENEWIZ for Sanger sequencing (Order #: 10-290123409). Each clone was sequenced from each direction with M13F (-21) and M13R primers for a total of 6 sequencing reactions:

1       SW01    16s_01-M13F(-21)
2       SW02    16s_02-M13R
3       SW03    EHR_01-M13F(-21)
4       SW04    EHR_02-M13R
5       SW05    EUB_01-M13F(-21)
6       SW06    EUB_02-M13R