Team:Washington/Magnetosomes/Magnet Results


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Magnetosome Toolkit: Results Summary

What’s in the Magnetosome Toolkit?

  • A set of the 18 essential genes for the various steps of magnetosome formation
  • Our favorite genes in pGA vectors
  • A table compiling individual gene functions from our literature search

A set of the 18 essential genes for the various steps of magnetosome formation

Before piecing together the 16 kb genome of the mamAB gene cluster within the magnetosome island (MAI), we extracted out the genes in the following groups:

Gel Extracts of Individual Magnetosome Genes
Gene groups Length (bp)
mamHI 1541
mamE 2172
mamJ 1538
mamKL 1336
mamMN 2323
mamO 1914
mamPA 1493
mamQRB 2029
mamSTU 2030
mamV 1002

Our favorite genes in pGA vectors: Magnetosome gene-protein Fusions

Using our two genes of interest, we created C-terminal sfGFP fusions so we could track the localization of each gene separately within E.coli.

Igem2011 mamK and I.png

The results we obtained with our sfGFP fusions inside E.coli were comparable to those done through other studies in the host organism Magnetospirillum magneticum. In the image of mamK, a filament is seen running through the length of many bacteria. For mamI, the gene product is seen to fluoresce around the cell membrane of the bacteria but mostly concentrated at the ends. Similarly, the graph shows that as the arrow cross the cell membrane, the fluorescent peaks are at a maximum, and through the center of the cell, the level of fluorescence decreases.

Construction of the R5 region of the Magnetosome Island in E.coli

After identifying that the construction of the scaffold had worked, we proceeded to work on the final assembly in three parts: mamHIEJKK, mamMNOPA, and mamQRBSTUV. The PCR products of the first, and the third part of the assembly are shown below. Both fragments of the assembly have been partially sequenced confirmed, and we are currently working on designing primers to fill in the gap sequences. Despite these gaps, when this samples were imaged, filaments in the first part (mamHIEJKL)were still apparent.

Washington iGEM2011 magentosome HIEJKL3k3.pngWashington iGEM2011 magentosome MNOPA.pngWashington iGEM2011 magentosome QRBSTUV.png

A table of individual gene functions

Please see the bottom of our parts submitted page.