A bacteriophage is a virus that infects bacteria. A type of bacteriophage is bacteriophage lambda. This specific bacteriophage infects E. Coli. It is composed of protein and double stranded DNA ¡VdsDNA). The DNA of the phage contains around 50,000 base pairs and codes for 50 proteins. At both ends of the DNA of the phage, there are cohesive ends, which are composed of 12 nucleotides. Both ends compliment each other, which makes the DNA circular once together. This circular DNA is usually present in an infected bacterial cell. This protects the DNA to be degraded by the cell.
In this laboratory experiment, restriction enzymes were used to analyze the DNA of the lambda phage. Restriction enzymes cut DNA in specific locations of the DNA sequence. The restriction enzymes used were EcoR1 and Bam H1. Both of these restriction enzymes cut DNA into six fragments.
Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus
100x Triacetate EDTA Buffer with a pH of 8.0
Methylene Blue Stain
Water Bath 37¢XC (Incubator)
Water Bath 70¢XC (Incubator)
Phage Lambda DNA (uncut)
EcoR1- Restriction Enzyme
EcoR1 + Bam H1 ¡V Mixture of Restriction Enzymes
¡÷ Preparing the DNA samples
In this lab experiment, four small tubes were labeled 1-4. Once labeled, 10£gl of the following material was placed in each of the tubes as shown in Table 1.1:
Table 1.1 Sample Placement in small Tubes
TUBE #Name of Sample
2Eco-R1 Buffer solution
3EcoR1 + Bam H1 Mixture
4EcoR1 + Bam H1 Mixture
After each of the solutions were put into the tubes, 5£gl of lambda phage DNA was placed into each tube. In order to mix the solutions inside, the tubes were gently tapped. The tubes were then placed into the Water Bath 37¢XC Incubator for 50 minutes.
¡÷ Preparing the Gel Electrophoresis
While the tubes are incubating, the gel electrophoresis apparatus was being set up. The concentration of the agarose gel needed is 1.2%. The number of grams needed to make 1.2% of agarose gel in 30mLs of Triacetate EDTA Buffer with a pH of 8.0 was calculated. It was calculated that 0.36 grams of the agarose powder needed to be used. Using the balance, 0.36 grams of agarose powder was weighed and then 30 mL of Triacetate EDTA Buffer with a pH of 8.0 was added to the agarose powder. The mixture of the buffer and powder were then heated in the microwave until the solution was clear (60 seconds). Once the solution was clear, it was then placed into the gel electrophoresis apparatus with the gel comb. The gel was left alone to solidify. When the gel was solid, the gel comb was removed leaving behind the wells.
¡÷ Cont. of Preparation of DNA Samples
Once the gel is prepared and the incubation period reached 50 minutes, 5£gl of gel electrophoresis sample buffer (Triacetate EDTA Buffer with a pH of 8.0), was placed into each of the four tubes. Tube #4 was then placed was transferred to the Water Bath 70¢XC (Incubator) for five minutes. When the five minutes have passed, the tube was then placed in the ice bath for a couple of minutes.
¡÷ Gel Electrophoresis
15Ýl of each sample were loaded to the well using a micropipette. Samples and wells are listed below in Table 1.2. Table 1.2 Sample Placement in Wells
WELL #Name of Sample
After the wells were loaded with the samples, the wells were sealed with agarose gel. This prevents the samples from overflowing in the gel. Once this was completed the gel was moved so that the wells were on the negative electrode side. Then 300mL of Triacetate EDTA Buffer with a pH of 8.0 was then added to the electrophoresis apparatus. The wires for the electrophoresis apparatus were then connected to the voltage base; one wire on the negative and the other on the positive. Then cover the gel with the lid and turning on the base to 120 mV. The...