qPCR – New Withering Syndrome Phage Primers

Ran qPCR with the newly designed primers and probes for the following targets:

  • DNA Helicase (RLOv)
  • Head-to-tail gene (RLOv)
  • WSN1 (RLO)

Template DNA used:

In the histology scoring pictures below, the “New” column refers to histology scores for the presence of the phage. A score = 0 means no phage.

  • 06:5-6 (RLO only)

  • 06:6-54 (RLOv)

  • UW08:22-11A (naive pinto abalone; no RLO)


Master mix calcs are here: 20151008 – qPCR WS phage

All samples were run in duplicate. Cycling params, plate layout, etc. can be seen in the qPCR Report (see below).


qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2015-10-08 17-45-38_CC009827.pdf
qPCR Data File (CFX96): Sam_2015-10-08 17-45-38_CC009827.pcrd

ORANGE – WSN1; BLUE – DNA Helicase; GREEN – Head-to-tail

The results look great! The two RLOv (phage) primer sets only amplify in the sample that has histological confirmation of the presence of phage (06:6-54). They do not amplify in the RLO-only (no phage; 06:5-6) sample, demonstrating that these two primer sets are indeed specific to the phage and don’t  amplify the RLO.

The withering syndrome primers (WSN1) were run to confirm that there aredetectable levels of RLO in both the RLOv & RLO samples, to further support the evidence showing the specificity of the two phage primer sets.

Will use the two RLOv primer sets in a conventional PCR for cloning/sequencing and development and validation of a qPCR standard curve.

qPCR – Withering Syndrome Phage

Ran qPCR using the following primer sets designed off of the potential WS phage sequence that Stan Langevin has sequenced:

  • 1_ORF25F_225_CSF, 1_ORF25R_399_CSF
  • 2_ORF25_121_CAB, 2_ORF25R_320_CAB
  • 3_ORF20F_121_CSF, 3_ORF20R_326_CSF

Templates tested were abalone digestive gland gDNA:

  • 06:6-41 (4/7/2008) – Positive for withering syndrome and phage; used in the MiSeq run by Stan Langevin.
  • 06:6-53 (4/9/2008) – Positive for withering syndrome and phage; used in the MiSeq run by Stan Langevin.
  • 08:4-1 – Positive for withering syndrome only – no phage.
  • UW08:22-11A – Pinto abalone naive for both withering syndrome and phage.

Master mix calcs are here: 201400820 – qPCR WS phage

All samples were run in duplicate. See qPCR Report (see Results) for plate layout, cycling params etc.

qPCR Report (PDF): Sam_2014-08-20 14-29-56_CC009827.pdf
qPCR Data File (CFX96): Sam_2014-08-20 14-29-56_CC009827.pcrd

Great news! No amplification in the 08:4-1 (positive for WS, but naive for phage)!! These results strongly suggest that these primers are specific for the WS bacteriophage! This is really cool and exciting. Next steps will be to confirm via in-situ hybridization (ISH).

Additional summary of the results:

Primer set ORF25_CSF shows the highest sensitivity.

Primer set ORF20_CSF fails to amplify anything in 06:6-53