Team:NU Kazakhstan/InterLab

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The Fourth International InterLaboratory Measurement Study in synthetic biology aims to explore the variance in numbers from measurements of fluorescence when measured around the globe via different plate readers. As an illustration, NU_Kazakhstan 2017 team used Varioskan LUX Multimode Microplate Reader to accomplish the InterLaboratory Study this year. The six different promoters (test device 1: BBa_J364000, test device 2: BBa_J364001, test device 3: BBa_J364002, test device 4: BBa_J364003, test device 5: BBa_J364004, test device 6: BBa_J364005) along with positive (BBa_I20270) and negative controls (BBa_R0040) inserted in pSB1C3 plasmid were transformed into DH5- alpha cells and tested for fluorescence. The green fluorescent protein served as a marker for promoter activity. The procedure was the same for all the teams participating in iGEM InterLab 2017.

Protocol for OD600 Reference Point

  1. 100 µl of LUDOX and H2O should be added into A1, B1, C1, D1 and A2, B2, C2, D2 wells respectively
  2. The absorbance of all samples at 600nm should be measured absorbance in all standard measurement modes in instrument

Protocol for Fluorescein Fluorescence Standard Curve

  1. Fluorescein stock tube was spinned down and pure pellet was
  2. 100 µM stock solution of fluorescein stock solution was prepared by resuspending fluorescein in 1 mL of 1xPBS
  3. 100 µM fluorescein stock solution was diluted with 1xPBS to make a 50 µM fluorescein solution
  4. 100 µl of PBS​ was added into wells A2, B2, C2, D2....A12, B12, C12, D12, while 200 µl​ of 50 µM fluorescein was added to A1, B1, C1, D1
  5. Serial dilution was be performed by adding 100 µl sample from previous to subsequent well for all the A, B, C and D rows
  6. Fluorescence of all samples was measured in all standard measurement modes in instrument using setup on figure 1.

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    Figure 1. Fluorometric Measurement parameters

Protocol for Cell Measurements

Preparation of LB and LB plates with chloramphenicol

  1. Stock solution of 25 mg/mL chloramphenicol dissolved in 95% ethanol should be prepared
  2. In order to prepare LB medium, 25g LB broth powder and 1000mL of ultrapure water should be added into a 2L autoclaved bottle and mix the solution thoroughly
  3. In order to prepare LB agar, 25g LB broth powder, 1.5 gr of bacterial agar and 500 mL of ultrapure water should be added into 1L autoclaved bottle and mix the solution thoroughly
  4. The bottles should be loosely capped and autoclave tape should be placed
  5. Place both solutions should be autoclaved
  6. Once the solutions cooled down to the room temperature in the case of LB media and to about 50oC in the case of LB agar, add an appropriate amount of chloramphenicol stock solution so that the final chloramphenicol concentration of both solutions would be 25 µg/mL
  7. LB agar with chloramphenicol solution should immediately be poured into petri dishes before the solidification of the solution

DNA resuspension

  1. Resuspend the DNA for each test device from Kit Pate 6 provided by IGEM 10 µL of nuclease free water
  2. Transfer the DNA solution into PCR tubes for convenience

Preparing chemically of competent E.coli

  1. Beforehand 0.1M CaCl2 and 0.1M CaCl2 + 15% glycerol solutions were prepared
  2. 1 colony of DH5-alpha strain of E.coli was taken from LB plates and inoculated in 10mL of LB in 50 ml Falcon tube
  3. The tube with DH5-alpha E.coli strains in LB was placed into incubator at 37 oC, until OD600 reaches 0.2-0.3, shaking at 250 rpm
  4. Once the OD600 reaches 0.2-0.3, the tube with DH5-alpha strain was placed on ice for 15 min. Solutions of 0.1M CaCl2 and 0.1M CaCl2 + 15% glycerol kept in ice too
  5. Cells were centrifuged at 4 degrees Celsius for 10 min
  6. Pellet was resuspended with 3 ml of 0.1M CaCl2 and put on ice for 30 min
  7. Cells centrifuged again and re suspended in 300 µL of 0.1M CaCl2 + 15% glycerol
  8. 50 µL aliquots of resulting solution was prepared in separate Eppendorf tubes
  9. The aliquots were placed in Cold room at -80 degrees Celsius

Chemical transformation of test devices and controls

  1. 8 tubes with 50µL of chemically competent cells were taken
  2. Each tube were appropriately labeled as follows: BBa_J364000, BBa_J364001, BBa_J364002, BBa_J364003, BBa_J364004, BBa_J364005, BBa_I20270 and BBa_R0040
  3. In each tube 1µL appropriate DNA from Kit Pate 6 sent by IGEM was added
  4. Cells were incubated on ice for 30 min
  5. Heat chock was performed in water bath at 42 degrees Celsius for 50 seconds
  6. Cells were incubated for 5 min on ice
  7. 950 µL of SOC media was added to all 8 tubes
  8. Cells were then placed into 15 ml falcon tubes and incubated at 37 degrees Celsius for 1 hours, shaking at 250 rpm
  9. 100µL of each transformation tubes was pipetted and spread with sterilized spreader onto petri dish with chloramphenicol present LB plates and incubated overnight at 37 degrees Celsius


  1. 2 colonies was picked from each of 8 plates and inoculated on 5mL LB medium with Chloramphenicol
  2. The cells were grown overnight (16 hours) at 37 degrees Celsius and 220 rpm


  1. The OD600 of all samples was measured using Varioscan Flash plate reader (Thermo Sciencific)
  2. The cultures were diluted to a target OD600 of 0.02 according to dilution calculations and transferred to 50ml Falcon tubes completely covered with aluminum foil
  3. The cultures were incubated at 37 degrees Celsium and 220 rpm
  4. 500 µL samples of each of the 16 cultures should be taken at 0, 2, 4, and 6 hours of incubation and placed on ice
  5. At the end of the sampling point, 100 µL of each sample was pipetted into four vertical wells of 96-well plate. So that the cultures taken from the same plate were pipetted into the same column as shown in the Figure 2
  6. Set up the Fluorometric Measurement parameters as shown in Figure 1
  7. OD600 and Flurometric measurements was taken with Varioscan Flash plate reader (Thermo Sciencific)

Figure 2. Placement of samples into 96 –well plate




According to the obtained data, the promoter of the second test device shows the highest fluorescence values. In addition, it has expected increase in fluorescence every two hours. The promoter with the weakest expression of fluorescence appears to be the test device 6, which has values slightly higher than the negative control. The fluorometric readings for the samples with promoters from devices 1,3, and 5 are moderate. If to look at general trends, the results demonstrate the boost in fluorescence after 4 hours of incubation.