PCR – pCR2.1/OsHV-1_ORF117 Colony Screens

Screened five colonies from yesterday’s transformation via PCR using M13 primers.

I don’t have any sequence for the actual insert, so am relying on assessing empty vector vs vector with insert, based on PCR amplicon size.

Master mix calcs:

2x GoTaq Green Master Mix: 80uL
M13 forward: 4uL
M13 reverse: 4uL
H2O: 88uL

Added 20uL to each PCR tube.

Colonies were selected randomly, streaked on a new LB Amp100 plate with a sterile pipet tip, and then added to the PCR tube.

Cycling params:

1 cycle

95C – 10mins

30 cycles:

95C – 15s
55C – 15s
72C – 30s

1 cycle

72C – 5mins

PCR reactions were run on a 1% agarose 1xTBE gel + EtBr.

5uL of O’GeneRuler DNA Ladder Mix was loaded for sizing.

Results:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, these results are confusing. Immediate conclusion is that all colonies screened are empty, due to the small size of the amplicons produced (<100bp). However, looking at a vector map of pCR2.1 (the vector that the OsHV-1 ORF117 is supposedly cloned in), there are ~200bp between the M13 forward and M13 reverse primers. So, even an empty vector should produce an amplicon larger than what is seen on this gel.

I’ll contact Tim Green to see if he can provide any insight (and/or any actual sequence for OsHV-1 ORF117 so that I can order an insert specific primer to aid in confirmation).

PCR – RLOv In-situ Hybridization (ISH) Probes

Ran probe-labeling PCRs to use in in-situ hybridization (ISH) using the PCR DIG Probe Sysnthesis Kit (Roche). Generated PCR probes for using the following BamHI-linearized plasmids:

  • pCR2.1/RLOv_membrane_gene_1
  • pCR2.1/RLOv_membrane_gene_1
  • pCR2.1/RLOv_tail_fiber

The Roche protocol recommends using only 10pg of plasmid DNA for probe labelling. As such, all three probes were diluted 1:10,000. A 1:1000 (999μL H2O + 1μL of plasmid) was made first. Then a 1:10 dilution was made (90μL H2O + 10μL from 1:1000 dilution of plasmid).

Additionally, I ran half reactions to conserve kit components. Roche recommends 50μL reactions; I ran 25μL and scaled all components appropriately.

All reactions were set up on ice and run in 0.2mL strip-cap PCR tubes.

Reaction calculations are here (Google Sheet): 20151109 – RLOv ISH Probe PCRs

Cycling params:

  1. 95C – 5mins
  2. 95C – 15s
  3. 55C – 15s
  4. 72C – 30s
  5. Go to Step 2, repeat 39 times.
  6. 72C – 10mins

After the PCR, 5μL of each reaction was run on a gel.

Results:

Hyperladder I (Bioline)

PCR DIG probe labelling products run on 1.1% agarose 1x TBE gel stained w/EtBr. A ‘+’ indicates DIG reaction, while a ‘-‘ indicates no DIG in reaction.

Two reactions were run for each plasmid: one with the DIG label (indicated by a ‘+’) and one without (indicated by a ‘-‘). If the labeling was successful, the PCR products from those reactions containing DIG will be larger (i.e. migrate slower) than those without. That is exactly what we see in each of the three potential ISH targets.

So, we now have three ISH probes ready for action! Will proceed with making fresh ISH buffers and ISH.

Probes were transferred to 0.5mL snap cap tubes and stored in my -20C box.

PCR – RLOv Clones

Colony PCRs were performed on each of the transformations from 20151015 (RLOv_ DNA_helicase, RLOv_head_to_tail, RLOv_membrane_gene_1, RLOv_membrane_gene_2, RLOv_tail_to_fiber) to confirm successful ligations in plasmid pCR2.1 using the M13F/R vector primers.

Colonies were picked form the transformation plates with pipette tips, re-streaked on a secondary, gridded, numbered LBAmp100+x-gal plate and then used to inoculate the respective PCR reactions.

Six white colonies (positive clones) and a single blue colony (negative clone) were selected from each transformation.

Master mix calcs are here (Google Sheet): 20151019 – Colony PCRs RLOv

Restreaked plates were incubated @ 37C O/N and then stored @ 4C (Parafilmed).

30μL of each reaction was run on a 1% agarose 1x Low TAE gel, stained w/EtBr.

Results:

 

All the PCRs look good. All white colonies selected contain a PCR product of appropriate size (i.e. larger than the blue colonies; negative [-C] control). Will select clones #1 from each to grow up for plasmid prep.

Colony PCRs – Clam RLO 16s, EHR, EUB

Colony PCRs were performed on each of the three transformations from yesterday (16s, EHR, and EUB primers) using the M13F/R vector primers. Colonies were picked form the transformation plates with pipette tips, re-streaked on a secondary, gridded, numbered LBAmp50+x-gal plate and then used to inoculate the respective PCR reactions. Six white colonies (positive clones) and a single blue colony (negative clone) were selected from each transformation.

Restreaked plates were incubated @ 37C O/N and then stored @ 4C (Parafilmed).

Master mix calcs are here: 20150227 – Colony PCR Clam RLO

30μL of each reaction was run on a 1% agarose 1x Low TAE gel, stained w/EtBr.

Results:

Ladder: Hyperladder I (Bioline)

Upper Left: 16s colonies 1 – 7

Upper Right: EHR colonies 1 – 6

Lower Left: EUB colonies 1 – 7

Based on the PCRs used for cloning, all white colonies screened exhibit the expected product sizes. Additionally, each of the blue (negative) colonies, produced the expected band size that are indicative of an empty plasmid.

Will select a positive colony from each set for mini prep and Sanger sequencing.

PCR – Ireland Clam RLO DNA S/6/14 #19

This is an exact repeat of the PCR from yesterday, but with a brand new vial of Apex Red Master Mix, in an attempt to eliminate the contamination previously seen in the NTCs.

Results:

Ladder: Hyperladder I (Bioline)

Well, for some reason there are still bands in the NTCs. However, they appear to be of different sizes than the bands in the clam DNA samples. I think they’re OK to use and the cloning/sequencing is cheap enough these days, that I’ll just get these sequenced and see what we have.

I excised each of the bands in the clam DNA samples (16s = ~2000bp; EUB = ~2100bp) and purified them using Ultrafree-DA spin columns (Millipore) in preparation for cloning.

PCR – Ireland Clam RLO DNA S/6/14 #19 from 20150130

After the last PCR continued to exhibit products in the no template controls (NTC) for most of the primer sets I was using, I ordered new primers. They arrived today so, I re-ran the PCR on the clam RLO DNA isolated 20150130 with the following new primers:

Master mix calcs are here: 20150223 – cPCR Universal Primers Apex Red MM

Cycling params were:
1 cycle of:

  • 95C – 10mins

40 cycles of:

  • 95C – 15s
  • 50C – 15s
  • 72C – 1min

Samples were run on 1.0% agarose, low TAE gel stained w/EtBr.

Results:

Ladder: Hyperladder I (Bioline).

Crazy; contamination still present in the NTCs. Primer stocks were steriley reconstituted with Low TE Buffer (IDT) and working stocks were created steriley, so I’m not really sure why this is continuing to happen. Possibly the polymerase is contaminated?  Will try again with previously unopened polymerase and see how that plays out.

No bands were excised since I can’t be certain that the bands present in the Clam DNA samples are from the actual sample and not from the apparent contamination.

PCR – Ireland Clam RLO DNA S/6/14 #19 (from 20150130)

After previously confirming that the issue with previous PCRs was due to bad reagents, I re-ran the PCR on the clam RLO DNA isolated 20150130 using a set of universal 16s primers, as well as a universal 18s primer set to serve as a positive control that amplifiable DNA was present in the sample.

Master mix calcs are here: 20150219 – cPCR Universal Primers Apex Red MM

Primers being used are:

  • 16s/23s-F/R
  • 27F, 1492R
  • EHR16D, EHR16R (universal ehrlichia)
  • EUB-A/B
  • 18s EUK 581 F, 18s EUK 1134 R

Cycling params were:
1 cycle of:

  • 95C – 10mins

40 cycles of:

  • 95C – 15s
  • 50C – 15s
  • 72C – 1mins

Samples were run on 1.0% agarose, low TAE gel stained w/EtBr.

Results:

Ladder used was O’GenRuler 100bp DNA Ladder (Thermo-Fisher).

No sample was loaded directly next to ladder to facilitate excision, if necessary.

Each sample was accompanied by a no template control (NTC).

The ehrlichia universal primers (EHR) and the universal 18s (18s) primers are the only two primer sets that do not have contamination present in the NTCs.

Excised the EHR band and purified with Ultrafree-DA columns (Millipore). Purified DNA was stored @ -20C and will be used for cloning/sequencing next week.

Have already ordered additional primer sets of those above that are contaminated. Will re-run the PCR with those new, sterile primer sets when they arrive to obtain a larger product (the EHR amplicon is only ~350bp).

PCR – Universal Primers w/New Master Mix

Since the previous check of the various universal primers with abalone DNA (sample 09:8-20) failed to amplify, even with withering syndrome primers, I’m testing repeating that PCR using a newer/different PCR master mix.

Template DNA is: 09:20-08 (from tissue)

Background info for template DNA is here: Red/Pink/Pinto

Primers being used are:

  • 16s/23s-F/R
  • 27F, 1492R
  • EHR16D, EHR16R (universal ehrlichia)
  • EUB-A/B
  • 18s EUK 581 F, 18s EUK 1134 R
  • WSN1 (withering syndrome)

Master mix calcs are here: 20150212 – cPCR Universal Primers 09:8-20 Apex Red MM

All samples were run in duplicate.

Cycling params were:
1 cycle of:

  • 95C – 10mins

40 cycles of:

  • 95C – 15s
  • 50C – 15s
  • 72C – 2mins

Ran samples out on a 0.8% agarose,  1x TBE gel w/EtBr

Results:

Well, this is a good result.  It demonstrates that the previous reagents that I had been using are no good. The primers work.  However, it does appear that all of the universal primers (excluding the 18s and EHR) are contaminated.  All of these primer sets were stocks that were prepared by other people and none of them were marked as being sterile (which they should be).  Regardless, I’ll re-run the Ireland clam DNA with all the primer sets and see how it turns out.  In the meantime, I’ll also order new universal primer sets to replace the existing, non-sterile sets.

PCR – Test Universal Primers with Abalone DNA

Since I’ve had no success in amplifying any of the Ireland Clam RLO (S/6/14 #19) DNA, I’m testing all the universal primer sets I’ve previously tried on the Ireland Clam DNA with red abalone DNA known to have heavy withering syndrome infection (confirmed via histology and qPCR) to verify that these universal primer sets actually work.  I’m also using the withering syndrome primer sets on this DNA to function as a positive control.

Template DNA is: 09:20-08 (from tissue)

Background info for template DNA is here: Red/Pink/Pinto

Primers being used are:

  • 16s/23s-F/R
  • 27F, 1492R
  • EHR16D, EHR16R (universal ehrlichia)
  • EUB-A/B
  • 18s EUK 581 F, 18s EUK 1134 R
  • WSN1 (withering syndrome)

Master mix calcs are here: 20150204 – Ireland Clam Troubleshooting GoTaq Flexi

All samples were run in duplicate.

Cycling params were:
1 cycle of:

  • 95C – 10mins

40 cycles of:

  • 95C – 15s
  • 50C – 15s
  • 72C – 2mins

Ran samples out on a 0.8% agarose,  1x TBE gel w/EtBr

Results:

 

Nothing.  Since there’s nothing, I didn’t bother labelling the gel. So, this suggests that the PCR reactions aren’t working.  Will get newer reagents to replace the 5yr+ old reagents I have been using.  Also will try a different thermal cycler, just to rule out all possibilities.

DNA Quantification & PCR – Ireland Clam S/6/14 #19 DNA

Quantification

Quantified the DNA isolated 20150130 via NanoDrop1000 (Thermo Fisher) for quick assessment of DNA.

Although the NanoDrop1000 overestimates actual yields, this is still interesting because the overall yield of this sample is greater than either of the samples isolated on 20150122, yet had significantly less starting material.

 

PCR

Ran PCRs with the following “universal” primer sets in attempt to amplify a 16s (prokaryote) fragment from the RLO that is present in this sample. Additionally, ran a universal 18s (eukaryote) primer set to verify the presence of any amplifiable DNA in the sample, in case none of the 16s primers work.

  • 16s/23s-F/R
  • 27F, 1492R
  • EHR16D, EHR16R (universal ehrlichia)
  • EUB-A/B
  • 18s EUK 581 F, 18s EUK 1134 R

Master mix calcs are here: 20150203 – cPCR Clam debris DNeasy

All samples were run in duplicate.

Cycling params were:
1 cycle of:

  • 95C – 10mins

40 cycles of:

  • 95C – 15s
  • 50C – 15s
  • 72C – 2mins

Ran samples from yesterday’s PCR out on a 0.8% agarose,  1x TBE gel w/EtBr

Results:

Ladder is Hyperladder I (Bioline)

Well, ironically, the only thing that shows amplification is the no template controls (NTC) in the universal 16s primer set!  The only useful aspect of this is that it demonstrates that the reagents are functional.

The universal 18s primers don’t seem to amplify anything, either.

Tomorrow, I’ll test these primers out on DNA that I know will amplify, instead of these new clam DNA samples.