Lidstrom: Tecan Plate Reader

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About the Tecan Infinite f500 plate reader

Fluorescence-based promoter tests

  • If you have promoters in front of a fluorescent protein and want to test the promoter strength. The answer you get will depend (nonlinearly!) on:
    • The OD of the sample matters
    • The gain you chose matters
  • Should you subtract out fluorescence of the no-promoter control or divide the test value by the control?
    • Evidence of both can be found in the literature
    • You may have negative values for some samples.
      • Is there a way to blank it??
  • Evidence that the gain and the OD of the sample matter:
    • These data represent the same E. coli line with either an empty vector control or a promoter in front of red fluorescent protein. The absorbance for each sample has been divided by OD600, then plotted as a function of OD at different gains ranging from 20 to just below saturation for the highest OD samples.
  • You should definitely:
    • Compare the test to a control at the same OD.
    • This will require doing calculations for dilutions. You cannot just assume that 5uL of each type of cells + x uL water/buffer will give you the same OD.
  • Things you should probably do:
    • put cells in a non-fluorescent buffer.
      • LB is known to contain fluorescent molecules.