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Name: Anwar Gadhi
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Name: Jayashree Iyer
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Name: Katie Wilkinson
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  • Item 1: Lab coat and disposable gloves
  • Item 2: PCR reaction mix, 8 tubes, 50 μL each: Mix contains Taq DNA polymerase, MgCl2, and dNTP’s
  • Item 3: DNA/ primer mix, 8 tubes, 50 μL each: Each mix contains a different template DNA. All tubes have the same forward primer and reverse primer
  • Item 4: A strip of empty PCR tubes
  • Item 5: Disposable pipette tips; only use each only once
  • Item 6: Cup for discarded tips
  • Item 7: Micropipettor
  • Item 8: OpenPCR machine: shared by two groups

PCR Reaction Sample List

Tube Label PCR Reaction Sample Patient ID
G16 + Positive control none
G16 - Negative control none
G16 1-1 Patient 1, replicate 1 89675
G16 1-2 Patient 1, replicate 2 89675
G16 1-3 Patient 1, replicate 3 89675
G16 2-1 Patient 2, replicate 1 76880
G16 2-2 Patient 2, replicate 2 76880
G16 2-3 Patient 2, replicate 3 76880

DNA Sample Set-up Procedure

  1. Obtain 8 separate PCR tubes.
  2. Label these tubes according to the table above and place them in a rack.
  3. Pipette 50 µL of PCR reaction mix (GoTaq® Colorless Master Mix (M713)) into the positive control tube and dispose the tip immediately after.
  4. Into the same positive control tube, pipette 50 µL of the positive control DNA and primer mix, so that the total volume in the PCR tube is 100 µL.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the rest of the 7 other PCR tubes using the appropriate DNA and primer mix, making sure to dispose the pipette tips each time.
  6. Cap the lids on each PCR tube tightly and take them to over to the thermocycler, placing them in the heating block, and follow the directions for cycling in the section below. Only run the thermocycler once all slots are filled.

OpenPCR program

  • HEATED LID: 100°C
  • 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

A PCR, or a polymerase chain reaction, is a commonly used procedure in order to replicate a desired section of a DNA fragment. It is a relatively simple and cost efficient way to obtain said fragments in extremely large amounts; up to billions of copies can be made. The uses of PCRs vary widely, from its most common uses in biology and chemistry, to forensics and pathology. In PCR, there are four components vital to the reaction: the DNA template, primers, "taq" polymerase, and deoxyribonucleotides (dNTPs). The template DNA acts a guide for the PCR reaction to make more copies of that particular strand of DNA. Forward and reverse primers attach to each end of the strand and isolate the part of the DNA that will be replicated. The "taq" polymerase locates the primer and reads the template strand to produce a complementary strand from dNTPs, the building blocks of DNA (adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine).

Once the tube with the reaction mixture with all the listed components is placed into a thermocycler, a series of steps ensue to amplify a particular strand of DNA. The initial step is heating the mixture to 95°C for 2 minutes, so that the DNA can denature at this temperature in 30 seconds from double stranded DNA to single stranded DNA. The next step is called annealing, where the mixture is cooled down to 57°C so that the primers can attach to the DNA template and prevent the single stranded DNA from adhering to the other. Next, the mixture is heated to 72°C for 30 seconds, called extending, and then held for 2 minutes. At this point, the "taq" polymerase activates, locates the primers, and starts attaching the complementary dNTPs to the single stranded DNA. Lastly, the thermocycler cools down to 4°C, and the PCR reaction mixture is held in the thermocycler.

The four nucleotides adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine engage in base-pairing through hydrogen bonds to form DNA. The bases adenine and thymine anneal to each other, while guanine and cytosine anneal to each other. During the annealing and extending steps of thermal cycling, base pairing occurs. This happens first when primers locate and attach to the single stranded DNA through base pairing (annealing), and subsequently in extending, when the "taq" polymerase utilizes base pairing to attach dNTPs to the single stranded DNA to create a double helix once again.


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SNP Information & Primer Design

Background: About the Disease SNP

Nucleotides are units that comprise of nucleic acids, which are composed of a five sugar carbon, at least one phosphate group, and a nitrogenous base. Polymorphism is a type of genetic variation where nucleotide differences exist between individuals in a population. The species this variation is found in is Homo sapiens, otherwise known as humans, on chromosome 12 of 46. The listed clinical significance of this SNP is with uncertain significance allele. The outlying condition linked to the disease SNP is Parkinson's disease, which is associated with mutations in the LRRK2 gene.

LRRK2 stands for leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 gene, and some of its functions include GTP-dependent protein kinase activity, MAP kinase kinase activity, and actin binding. GTP dependent protein kinase activity refers to the reaction to break down ATP and a protein serine/threonine to ADP and a protein serine/threonine being catalyzed in the presence of GTP. MAP kinase kinase activity (MAP2K) is involved in the mitogen activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling pathway, in that it is activated by MAP3K and phosphorylates to activate MAPK to perform various cellular functions, such as differentiation and survival. Lastly, actin binding affects the movements of actin filaments within the cytoskeleton.

Genes have variant forms known as alleles. The disease-associated allele in this SNP contains the codon GAG. The numerical position of the SNP is 40315266. The non-disease forward primer sequence is TTAAGTGACTTGTACTTTGT. The numerical position 200 bases to the right of the rs721710 SNP is 40315466. The non disease reverse primer sequence therefore is TGAAGCTCTTCAAGTAGTCT. The resulting disease forward primer according to the disease SNP nucleotide is TTAAGTGACTTGTACTTTGA. The disease reverse primer is the same as the non-disease reverse primer.

Primer Design and Testing

The non-disease forward and reverse primers are tested using the UCSC In-Silico PCR non-disease human genome sequence database. The non-disease forward and reverse primers (that center around the SNP rs721710) have a match in the genome sequence and result in a 220 bp sequence. However, the disease forward and reverse primer does not have a match in the database because the test only validates non-disease primers rather than diseased ones, and the one missense mutation that alters the codon from GTG to GAG causes the mismatch to the human genome sequence.

Test to Validate Non-Disease Primers
Test to Validate Disease Primers