BME100 s2016:Group12 W1030AM L4

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Name: Aderonke Adewuyi
Name: Allan Brusamolin Santos
Name: Antonio Lopez
Name: Elizabeth Delgado
Name: Ryan Male
Name: Stephanie Vargas




  • Lab coat and disposable gloves
  • PCR reaction mix, 8 tubes, 50μL each: Mix contains Taq DNA polymerase, MgCl2, and dNTP’s
  • 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

  • A strip of empty PCR tubes
  • Disposable pipette tips: only use each only once. Never re­use disposable pipette tips or

samples will be cross­contaminated

  • Cup for discarded tips
  • Micropipettor
  • OpenPCR machine: shared by two groups

PCR Reaction Sample List

Tube Label PCR Reaction Sample Patient ID
G12 + Positive control 45523
G12 - Negative control 21521
G12 1-1 Patient 1, replicate 1
G12 1-2 Patient 1, replicate 2
G12 1-3 Patient 1, replicate 3
G12 2-1 Patient 2, replicate 1
G12 2-2 Patient 2, replicate 2
G12 2-3 Patient 2, replicate 3

DNA Sample Set-up Procedure

  1. Using the micropipettor, put each PCR reaction mix into its own PCR tube.
    Replace the disposable pipette tips.
    Label each tube for the respective DNA samples that will be added to them
    Extract samples of human DNA and put a different sample into each special PCR tube with the micropipettor, replacing the disposable pipette tips with each use.
    Using the micropipettor, add the DNA/primer mix to the PCR tubes, again replacing the disposable pipette tips with each use.
    Close each PCR tube, and put them into the OpenPCR machine.

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 FINAL HOLD: 4°C

Research and Development

PCR - The Underlying Technology

The Different Parts

In order for the entire PCR process to work, there must be several different components. Each component serves its own purpose in the reaction and ultimately plays its own part in the final result. Template DNA is the primary component of this process as it is the source of the target DNA the process was developed for. It provides the original piece of genetic coding which will be singled out and duplicated many times over in the end. Primers are the first component that actually starts the PCR process. The primers indicate where the target DNA is and, therefore, shows what will be copied. They also provide a binding site for the Taq polymerase, allowing them to find the target DNA sequence. Taq Polymerase, once it binds to the site the primers indicate, reads the template DNA strands and binds nucleotides to the target DNA that was isolates by the primers. In binding the nucleotides to the target DNA, the Taq polymerase actually duplicates the target DNA strand. Finally, the Deoxyribonucleotides are the building blocks of DNA which, in this case, serve as the materials with which to put together the duplicated target DNA strand.

Bringing it all together

For each step of the PCR process which takes place inside of the PCR Machine, a certain temperature associates it. The Initial Step takes place at 95˚C for 3 minutes and is when the strand of Template DNA unwinds in order to allow for separation. Next, while still at 95˚C, the template DNA experiences the Denature step in which it separates into the forward and reverse strands in 30 seconds. Then, as the nucleotides of the DNA are exposed, the primers can attach to the target DNA in the Anneal stage which takes place at 57˚C for 30 seconds. The temperature then rises again to 75˚C, and the Extend stage takes place. With the increased temperature, the Taq polymerase is activated in 30 seconds, and it locates the primer sites on the template DNA. The Final Step then takes place with the temperature steady at 75˚C for 3 minutes, and, in that time, the Taq polymerase binds the deoxyribonucleotides to the target site on the template DNA, thereby duplicating the target DNA. To finish the process, the temperature is brought back down to 4˚C, and the Taq polymerase is then deactivated, leaving the newly formed strands of the target DNA.


Throughout the PCR process, there are two steps which experience base-pairing- the Anneal and the Final Step. Anneal pairs the target DNA with the primers, and the Final Step pairs free deoxyribonucleotides with existing target DNA. Especially in the latter, it is important to note the nucleotides will specifically pair with certain other nucleotides. Adenine bonds with Thymine, and Cytosine bonds with Guanine. Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.34.18 PM.png

SNP Information & Primer Design

Background: About the Disease SNP

Single nucleotide polymorphisms, often referred to SNP represents differences in each nucleotide at a certain position in the genome, this shows a variation between genes amongst people and their likeliness to develop a certain disease. SNPs are found within the DNA between genes and can act as "markers" to identify where the diseased genes are located. When SNPs exist in a gene or near a gene that specific gene's function can be changed or altered. If SNPs are located in a non-coding region they can result in a greater risk of cancer and can alter MRNA structure whereas if they are located in coding regions they can cause a change in the amino acid sequence of a protein.

Primer Design and Testing

Lab B

Nucleotide - a compound consisting of a nucleoside linked to a phosphate group. Nucleotides form the basic structural unit of nucleic acids such as DNA

Polymorphism - the presence of genetic variation within a population, upon which natural selection can operate.

What species is this variation found in? – Homo Sapiens or Humans

What chromosome is the variation located on? - Chromosome: 19:17811986

What is listed as the Clinical significance of this SNP? - None

Which gene(s) is this SNP associated with? - B3GNT3

What disease is linked to this SNP? - Immune function may predispose to the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Part 2

What does B3GNT3​stand for? - B3GNT3 stands for beta-1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase 3

What is the function of B3GNT3? To find out, click the B3GNT3 link. Under Table of Contents (right side) click Gene ontology. Write the first three unique terms you see - This gene encodes a member of the beta-1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase family. This enzyme is a type II transmembrane protein and contains a signal anchor that is not cleaved. It prefers the substrates of lacto-N-tetraose and lacto-N-neotetraose, and is involved in the biosynthesis of poly-N-acetyllactosamine chains and the biosynthesis of the backbone structure of dimeric sialyl Lewis a. It plays dominant roles in L-selectin ligand biosynthesis, lymphocyte homing and lymphocyte trafficking. Acetylglucosaminyltransferase, lacto-n-tetraose, poly-N-acetyllactosamine.

What is an allele? - An allele is one of two or more alternative forms of a gene that arise by mutation and are found at the same place on a chromosome.

The disease ­associated allele contains what sequence? - CAC

The numerical position of the SNP​is: - 17,811,986

Part 3

Non­disease forward primer (20 nt): - GCAACGCTACCTCGGGCGTGC

The numerical position exactly 200 bases to the right of the disease SNP​is: - 17,812,186

Non­disease reverse primer (20 nt)​ - GGAGGAAGGTGTCGCCCCTT

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Disease forward primer (20 nt)​ - GTGCGGGCTCCATCGCAACA

Disease reverse primer (20 nt)​ - GGAGGAAGGTGTCGCCCCTT