DNA Isolation & Quantification – Pinto Abalone

Isolated DNA from the following pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) digestive gland tissues (stored in ethanol), collected by Sean Bennett as part of his Capstone project:

Accession Weight(mg)
15:30-01   194
15:30-04   67
15:31-01   34
15:31-02   107
15:31-03   83
15:31-04   80

Tissue was weighed and then DNA extracted.

DNA was extracted using the QIAmp Fast DNA Stool Mini Kit (Qiagen) following the manufacturer’s protocol with the following options:

  • Samples were briefly homogenized (due to their stiffness resulting from ethanol fixation) in the InhibitEX Buffer using disposable plastic pestles.
  • Homogenized tissue was incubated at 95C to maximize cell lysis
  • Followed “human DNA analysis” protocol for remainder of protocol (to maximize sample recovery)
  • Eluted DNA with 100μL Buffer ATE

Used the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 and the Qubit hsDNA Kit (high sensitivity). Used 1uL of template for all samples.

Samples were stored at -20C in FSH240 in the “Pinto Transcriptome DNA” box.

Results:

All samples have DNA.

Concentrations (Google Sheet): 20171226_qubit_DNA_pinto_ab

DNA Quantification – Ava’s RLO Trasmission Samples

Quantified DNA extractions from Ava’s samples that I isolated earlier this month, as well as some older samples that I hadn’t quantified yet.

Used the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 and the Qubit dsDNA BR Kit (broad range). Used 5uL of template for the first and third groups and 1uL of template for the second group (see Results below).

All data was added to the master extraction spreadsheet (Google Sheet): ava_abalone_master_extraction_list

Results:

20171101_ava_rlo_quantification_qubit_01 (Google Sheet)

20171101_ava_rlo_quantification_qubit_02 (Google Sheet)

20171101_ava_rlo_quantification_qubit_03 (Google Sheet)

DNA Quantification – Ava’s RLO Trasmission Samples

Quantified DNA extractions from Ava’s samples that I isolated earlier this month, as well as some older samples that I hadn’t quantified yet.

Used the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 and the Qubit hsDNA Kit (high sensitivity). Used 5uL of template for all samples.

All data was added to the master extraction spreadsheet (Google Sheet): ava_abalone_master_extraction_list

Results:

20171026_Ava_RLO_quantification_qubit_01 (Google Sheet)

20171026_Ava_RLO_quantification_qubit_02 (Google Sheet)

There were 65 samples with concentrations that were too high for the high sensitivity assay. Will re-quantify this samples using the broad range assay.

Plasmid Isolation – pCR2.1/OsHv-1_ORF117 Miniprep

The last run at this failed, but I think that was due to old ampicillin stocks; leading to no selective pressure for transformants that actually contained plasmid.

I’ve since remedied that.

Grew up 5mL of culture from the only two transformants in 1xLB + 100ug/mL of (fresh!) ampicillin @ 37C on a rocking platform in a 15mL conical over night (~18hrs).

Isolated plasmid DNA from the entire 3mL of culture (repeated pelleting of bacteria in the same 1.5mL snap cap tube) using the QIAprep Spin Miniprep Kit, according to their protocol.

Eluted DNA with 50uL of EB Buffer.

Quantified on the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 using the dsDNA BR Kit (broad range) and 10uL of sample.

Results:

Quantification (Google Sheet): 20170817_quantification_oshv_orf117_plasmid

Colony 1 – 130ng/uL
Colony 2 – 148ng/uL

Yields look perfect. Will submit for sequencing at Genewiz (they need 10uL of ~50ng/uL DNA) and see what we have here…

Plasmid Isolation – pCR2.1/OsHv-1_ORF117 Miniprep

Grew up 5mL of culture from re-streaked colony #1 in 1xLB + 100ug/mL of ampicillin @ 37C on a rocking platform in a 15mL conical over night (~18hrs).

Isolated plasmid DNA from the entire 5mL of culture (repeated pelleting of bacteria in the same 1.5mL snap cap tube) using the QIAprep Spin Miniprep Kit, according to their protocol.

Eluted DNA with 50uL of EB Buffer.

Quantified on the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 using the dsDNA BR Kit (broad range) and 1uL of sample.

Results:

The results are not good. Using 1uL of the sample, I received an error message that the concentration was out of range – too low!

Repeated, but used 10uL of sample. Concentration was displayed as 1.13ng/uL!!

This is insufficient yield/concentration for sequencing.

It’s possible that the kit is too old (no receipt date marked on the box…)? The reagents shouldn’t go bad, but can the columns? I feel like the resins in the columns are pretty stable, just like the various buffers.

The ridiculously low yields could also possibly indicate that the bacteria don’t actually have the plasmid, but PCRs from yesterday suggest otherwise.

Maybe the column was overloaded? I’ll repeat this next week, but using smaller culture size and/or not using the column and perform an isopropanol precipitation instead…

And/or make fresh stock of ampicillin (current stock is many years old, but has been frozen).

DNA Quantification – Ava’s RLO Transmission DNA

Quantified the DNA I isolated on 20170504 and earlier today using the Roberts Lab’s Qubit 3.0 and the dsDNA Broad Range assay.

Used 1uL of each sample.

Results:

The following samples were below the level of sensitivity of the Qubit assay:

  • 15:09-142
  • 15:11-113
  • 15:11-147
  • 15:11-149

Qubit output data (Google Sheet): 20170509_Ava_RLO_quantification_qubit

An easier-to-read summary of all the samples is here (Google Sheet): 20170502_Ava_Ab_List

 

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.

Results:

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

DNA Quantification – Black Abalone DNA (Black Ab Exp. 2)

Lisa recently isolated DNA from the following samples:

08:13-05 (Black Ab exp 2)
08:13-18 (Black Ab exp 2)
08:13-24 (Black Ab exp 2)
08:13-25 (Black Ab exp 2)

I quantified the samples using the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 with the Qubit ds High Sensitivity kit. Used 1uL of each sample.

Samples were stored in designated boxes in -20C in Rm. 240.

Results:

Qubit output (Google Sheet): 20170413_DNA_quantification_qubit

 

SAMPLE CONCENTRATION (ng/uL)
08:13-05 62.4
08:13-18 0.536
08:13-24 0.454
08:13-25 8.8

NOTE: The entirety of sample 08:13-24 will be provided to Stan Langevin for high-throughput sequencing.

DNA Quantification – Ava Withering Syndrome Transmission Study Samples

DNA samples from 20160818 (water filters) and 20160825 (feces) were quantified using the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 (Life Technologies) using the Qubit ds DNA HS (high sensitivity) reagents. Used 5μL of each sample.

Results:

Raw Qubit readout (Google Sheets):

 

Master spreadsheet for these, and future, samples for this project (Google Sheet): Ava WS Transmission DNA Extractions

DNA Extraction & Quantification- Ava Withering Syndrome Transmission Study Water Filters

DNA was extracted from filters using the Qiagen DNeasy Blood & Tissue Kit (spin column protocol). Filters were incubated in 400uL of Buffer AL (twice the volume in the Qiagen protocol in order to completely coat the filters) and 50uL of Proteinase K (twice the volume in the Qiagen protocol) at 56C O/N. After incubation, 400uL (twice the volume in the Qiagen protocol) of 100% EtOH was added to each tube and vortexed thoroughly. The supernatant was transferred to the Qiagen spin columns and the Qiagen protocol was followed. Samples were eluted with 100uL of Buffer AE.

After extraction, the samples were quantified using the Roberts Lab Qubit 3.0 (Life Technologies) using the Qubit dsDNA HS reagents. Used 1μL of each sample.

The list of samples are listed below.

Results:

Concentrations are very low for both samples. This may, or may not, be expected, depending on volume of water filtered, where it was collected from, etc.

Raw Qubit Readout (Google Sheet): 20160818_DNA_quant_Qubit_Ava_abalone_WS
Master spreadsheet for these, and future, samples for this project (Google Sheet): Ava WS Transmission DNA Extractions