BME100 f2017:Group1 W0800 L4

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Name: Alexandra Richey
Boring Stuff
Name: Erin Lockwood
Group Sass
Name: Caiden Gledhill
Team Captain
Name: Matthew Tam
Team Mascot
Name: Maryah Alalwan
Team Sub-Captain
Name: Aymard Irakoze




  • Lab coat and disposable gloves
  • PRC reaction mix, 8 tubes, 50 μL each: Mix contains Taq DNA polymerase, MgCl2, and dNTP's
  • DNA or primer mix, 8 tubes, 50 μL each: Each mix contains a different DNA template. All tubes have the same forward primer and reverse primer.
  • Container with ice
  • A strip of empty PRC tubes
  • Disposable pipette tips
  • Cup for discarded tips
  • Open PRC machine/ Thermocycler
  • Micropipettor

PCR Reaction Sample List

Tube Label PCR Reaction Sample Patient ID
Group 1+ Positive control none
Group 1- Negative control none
Group 1 - 1a Patient 1, replicate 1 28485
Group 1 - 1b Patient 1, replicate 2 28485
Group 1 - 1c Patient 1, replicate 3 28485
Group 1 - 2a Patient 2, replicate 1 92665
Group 1 - 2b Patient 2, replicate 2 92665
Group 1 - 2c Patient 2, replicate 3 92665

DNA Sample Set-up Procedure

  1. Label each PCR tube according to DNA samples
  2. Transfer the positive control DNA sample to PCR tube labeled G1+ using the micropipette
  3. Using a new pipette tip for each new sample, transfer the negative DNA sample to PCR tube labeled G1-
  4. Transfer the Patient 1 sample to tubes labeled G1 1-1, G1 1-2, and G1 1-3
  5. Transfer the Patient 2 sample to tubes labeled G1 2-1, G1 2-2, G1 2-3
  6. Add the PCR reaction mic to each tube, using a clean micropipette for each tube.
  7. Place PCR tubes into Open PCR machine
  8. Start the Open PCR machine and run for 25 cycles

OpenPCR program ​The following values will be used to run a heating & cooling program on the thermal cycler.


INITIAL STEP: 95°C for 2 minutes


Denature at 95°C for 30 seconds, Anneal at 57°C for 30 seconds, and Extend at 72°C for 30 seconds

FINAL STEP: 72°C for 2 minutes


Research and Development

PCR - The Underlying Technology

The Function of Each Component:

The template DNA is the sample we will amplify and analyze to diagnose the patients. The primers are used to designate which specific sample of the template DNA is amplified. They attach to sites on the template DNA that mark each end of the desired segment. The Taq Polymerase attaches to the primers on each individual strand of DNA and copies the DNA by adding the matching nucleotides to the single strands. It is designed to withstand the high heat of the PCR. The deoxyribonucleotides are used to create copies of the selected segment of the template DNA. Taq Polymerase attaches these to the single, separated strands of DNA in each PCR cycle.

What Happens During a PCR Cycle:

Initially, the temperature is raised to 95° C for two minutes. Then for 30 seconds, the DNA denatures, meaning the double helix separates into two single-stranded DNA molecules. Then, the temperature cools to 57° C for 30 seconds and the primers lock onto the single DNA strands, preventing the DNA strands from recombining. This is called annealing. Then, the temperature is raised to 72° C over 30 seconds, and the Taq Polymerase is activated. The polymerase adds complementary dNTPs to the strands, starting at the primers and continuing to the end of the strand, where it falls off. This process takes 2 minutes. The cycle will repeat itself for 25 cycles, and then the mixture will be held at 4° C.

Base Pairing:

When the Taq Polymerase is activated, base pairing occurs. This happens at 72° C in the final stages of the PCR cycle. Adenine and Thymine pair together, and cytosine and guanine pair together.

SNP Information & Primer Design

Background: About the Disease SNP

A single-nucleotide polymorphism, SNP, is a variation in a single nucleotide that occurs at a specific position in the genome. At a specific base position in a human genome, a minority of individuals may have a different base than the majority of the population. The two differing nucleotide variations are said to be alleles for this base position. Many diseases, including sickle- cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, are the result of SNPs. Similarly, severity of an illness and one's reaction to treatment can also be dependent on SNPs.

Primer Design and Testing

The NCBI database was used to find a sequence of base pairs in the human genome associated with a specific disease. The sequence observed contained a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) related to the development of Alzheimer's disease. The numerical position of the specific nucleotide was then recorded so as to be used in designing a primer that would match with the desired sequence. A forward primer was designed based on the location of the nucleotide of interest. Given that every PCR reaction requires two primers to function properly, a reverse primer was needed as well, and designed based on the location of a nucleotide exactly 200 base pairs away from the allele used to create the forward primer. Subsequently, the disease forward primer was designed by changing the final base of the non-disease forward primer to be identical to the disease related SNP. The disease reverse primer was left identical to the non-disease reverse primer. Finally, all four primers were tested in the UCSC In-Silico PCR website to verify proper design function.

Non-disease forward primer: AGCGGCCAGCGCTGGGAACT

Non-disease reverse primer: CAGGCCCCCCAAGACTTAGC

Disease forward primer: AGCGGCCAGCGCTGGGAACC

Disease reverse primer: CAGGCCCCCCAAGACTTAGC