BME100 s2018:Group11 W0800 L4

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Name: Kathryn Douglass
Name: Emily Glagolev
Name: Kayla Zeien
Name: Jonathon Chasteen
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  • Lab Coat and Disposable Gloves
  • PCR reaction mix, 8 tubes, 50 μL 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 once. Never reuse disposable pipette tips. If you do, the samples will be cross-contaminated
  • Cups for discarded tips
  • Micropipettor
  • OpenPCR machine: shared by two groups

PCR Reaction Sample List

Tube Label PCR Reaction Sample Patient ID
G11 + Positive control none
G11 - Negative control none
G11 1-1 Patient 1, replicate 1 69222
G11 1-2 Patient 1, replicate 2 69222
G11 1-3 Patient 1, replicate 3 69222
G11 2-1 Patient 2, replicate 1 45886
G11 2-2 Patient 2, replicate 2 45886
G11 2-3 Patient 2, replicate 3 45886

DNA Sample Set-up Procedure

  1. Label the sides of the 8 empty PCR test tubes according to the PCR Reaction Sample List and place them in a test tube rack.
  2. Using the micropipette, add 50 micro-liters of PCR reaction mix to each of the test tubes.
  3. Using the micropipette, add 50 micro-liters of DNA/Primer mix to each test tube according to the label. For example, DNA/Primer mix from a patient who tested positive for SNP will be added to the PCR tube labeled G11 +. (For both Patient #69222 and Patient #45886, 3 replicates will be made.)
  4. Close the lids tightly on all of the tubes.
  5. Place all of the tubes into the thermal cycler and follow the OpenPCR program.

OpenPCR program
The PCR tubes will be heated initially to 95 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. They will then complete 25 heating and cooling cycles according to the following parameters:

  • Denature at 95 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds
  • Anneal at 57 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds
  • Extend at 72 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds

As a final step, the PCR tubes will sit at 72 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. Once the process is complete, the PCR tubes will be held at 4 degrees Celsius.

PCR Program Diagram:

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Research and Development

PCR - The Underlying Technology

Pictorial Representation of PCR Including the Three Main Steps

Functions of the PCR Components

There are four main components involved in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). One such component is template DNA. Once the DNA double helix unwinds during the reaction, one of the two DNA strands becomes the template DNA strand in which RNA nucleotides match up base pairs with (RNA nucleotides include adenine, cytosine and guanine like DNA nucleotides but instead of thymine, RNA has uracil). Primers are another part of PCR. The primers copy very specific DNA sequences by attaching to either end of the DNA that needs to be copied. Then taq polymerase plays its role. Taq polymerase is an enzyme that copies DNA and makes new strands using the existing ones. These are used for PCR because they do not break down at high temperatures. The last components involved are deoxyribonucleotides (dNTP's). These are the building blocks for the new DNA strands formed during PCR. All of these components come together to perform PCR.

How the Components of PCR are Involved in Thermal Cycling

There are several key steps involved in the thermal cycling process. During the first step, the samples are heated to 95 degrees Celsius and remain at this temperature for 2 minutes. During this stage, the DNA double helix unwinds. Next, the samples denature. In this phase, the temperature remians at 95 degrees Celsius but for only 30 seconds. In this process, two single-stranded DNA molecules are created from the separation of the unwound DNA double helix. The samples are then go on to the next step in the thermal cycling process, annealing. The samples are cooled to 57 degrees Celsius and remain at this temperature for 30 seconds. In the annealing process, the primers bind to the complementary sequences of the single-stranded DNA to indicate which portion of the DNA needs to be copied. The following stage is known as the extension stage. The temperature is raised to 72 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds in which the DNA taq polymerase activates and locates the primers. The temperature remains at 72 degrees Celsius for 2 more minutes as taq polymerase adds complementary nucleotides to the template DNA strand until it gets to the end of the strand and falls off. In the final step, the samples are held at 4 degrees Celsius to preserve the samples. This process is repeated at least 3 times to produce the desired fragments.

Which Bases Anneal to One Another

During the thermal cycling process, a crucial step known as annealing occurs. Only certain DNA nucleotides bind with others and the sequence in which they bind codes for certain characteristics. There are only four DNA nucleotides which are adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. Among these four, thymine bonds with adenine and cytosine bonds with guanine.

Base Pairing

Base-pairing during thermal cycling occurs in two steps. Throughout the annealing phase, the primers base-pair complementary sequences on the single-stranded DNA molecules.The subsequent step also includes base-pairing. During the extension stage, base-pairing occurs as the temperature approaches 72 degrees Celsius. The DNA tpolymerase locates the primers to add nucleotides to the template DNA strand until it reaches the end of the strand and falls off.

SNP Information & Primer Design

Background: About the Disease SNP

DNA is composed of several smaller units called nucleotides. All nucleotides have a 5 carbon sugar and a phosphate group, but what distinguishes nucleotides from one another is their nitrogenous base. There are four different bases: adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine. When a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) occurs, one of the nucleotides in the DNA sequence is replaced by one with a different base. The impact of an SNP depends on its position on a person's gene.

The SNP rs1044498 is found is found at the 6:131851228 chromosome on the ENNPP1 (ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1) gene. This gene is responsible for ATP binding, NADH pyrophosphatase activity, and calcium ion bonding among other functions. When the SNP rs1044498 occurs, the base adenine is switched for cytosine at the position previously described. The non-disease allele AAG thus becomes a disease associated allele CAG. This SNP is associated with type 2 diabetes as well as health problems related to type 2 diabetes including bone disorders.

Primer Design and Testing

The primers tested were the non-disease forward primer 5'TTCAGATGACTGCAAGGACA and the non-disease reverse primer 5'TGTTTAAAAGTTTCTTTAAT. When tested, the result was the 220 bp sequence starting 20 bases before the SNP rs1044498 location and ending 200 bases after it, confirming that the primers we used were correct. The result window can be found below:

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When the disease-specific primers were tested, there were no matches because the SNP is not part of the "normal" human genome.