Team:Groningen/project characterisation mu
Lambda cI autoinducing loop family
The autoinducing loop driven by cI will function as our first memory unit. We aimed to find a combination of RBS, transcription factor and degradation tag that enables us to toggle between the two steady states in a robust way.
Leakiness of the autoinducing loops
To estimate the rate in which single cells are activated by too much leakage of cI protein we measured the fluorescence in uninduced cells with a flow cytometer. To measure the activation we used a construct with the PRM promoter producing GFP with an LVA tag to make dynamic measurement possible.
|Flowcytometry-data of the cI autoinducing loop with a DAS tag (BBa_K607017) after 4 hours of incubation|
Figure 2. A dotplot of uninduced cells carrying the pSB1K3 plasmid with the biobrick BBa_K607017 and the plasmid pSB1A3 with an input(PBAD controlling cI) as well as the output (PRM controlling GFP-LVA).
|Two populations are visible on the dotplot. We seperated both populations on the histogram to show that the major peak of nonfluorescent cells overlaps the minor peak of fluorescenting cells.|
|Flowcytometry-data of the cI autoinducing loop with a LVA tag (BBa_K607011) after 4 hours of incubation|
Figure 3. A dotplot of uninduced cells carrying the pSB1K3 plasmid with the biobrick BBa_K607011 and the plasmid pSB1A3 with an input(PBAD controlling cI) as well as the output (PRM controlling GFP-LVA).
|Only one population is visible on the dotplot. The histogram was obtained in the same fashion as in figure 1 to show that there are cultures with activated cI loops and cultures without.|
These measurements indicate activation and by this bimodal behavior of cells containing BBa_K607022 and BBa_K607017. But no activation of BBa_K607011 and several other constructs. In these measurements we used GFP-LVA. The degradation seems to be about as fast as the production so only faint signals are visible. We decided to repeat the measurement with similar constructs but with GFP instead of GFP-LVA as an output.
|RBS 0,07|| ||BBa_K607014|| |
|RBS 0,3|| || || |
|RBS 0,6||BBa_K607021|| || |
|RBS 1|| || || |
|Figure 4. Flow cytometer data taken at different time-points during exponential growth of cells carrying different cI autoinducing loops.|
This result shows that both, tag and RBS, used for the expression of the transcription factor have a huge impact on the bimodal behavior of the autoinducing loop. All loops that contain a LVA-tag tag are inactive if not induced. Those without any tag are mostly active even without induction while those with a DAS-tag show a bimodal behavior. Especially the cells carrying the plasmids with a strong RBS in the autoinducing loop look promising.
Induction of the autoinducing loops
In the future it should be tried to activate the autoinducing loops by expression of cI-LVA controlled by the arabinose induced promoter pBAD.