BME100 s2018:Group2 W1030 L4

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Name: Aisha M Alsuwaidi
Name: Sarah Rosemary Davis
Name: Ian Conley




  • 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 each only once. Never reuse disposable pipeeps tips. If you do, the samples will become cross-contaminated
  • Cups for the discarded tips
  • Micropipettor
  • OpenPCR machine: shared by two groups

PCR Reaction Sample List

Tube Label PCR Reaction Sample Patient ID
G2 + Positive control none
G2 - Negative control none
G2 1-1 Patient 1, replicate 1 38066
G2 1-2 Patient 1, replicate 2 38066
G2 1-3 Patient 1, replicate 3 38066
G2 2-1 Patient 2, replicate 1 66318
G2 2-2 Patient 2, replicate 2 66318
G2 2-3 Patient 2, replicate 3 66318

DNA Sample Set-up Procedure

  1. First, place the extracted DNA into the PCR reaction tubes.
  2. Next, place the first primer into the PCR reaction tubes filled with the extracted DNA.
  3. Then, place the second primer into the PCR reaction tubes filled with extracted DNA.
  4. After that, add the nucleotides to the DNA mixture in the tubes.
  5. Finally, place the tubes into the thermal cycler.

OpenPCR program

The PCR program uses this thermal cycling procedure to replicate DNA strands.

  • Heated Lid: 100 degrees Celsius
  • Initial Step: 95 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes
  • Number of Cycles: 25
    • Denature at 95 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds
    • Anneal at 57 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds
    • Extend at 72 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds
  • Final Step: 72 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes
  • Final Hold: 4 degrees Celsius

This thermal cycle is repeated over and over, each time doubling the amount of DNA strands in the vial. Below is a image of a thermal cycling machine, taken from
An example of a thermal cycling machine

Research and Development

PCR - The Underlying Technology

Template DNA Strand of DNA that is used as a template for new strands of DNA. This template is split into two strands and each one is copied using PCR.
Primers Short single-stranded pieces of DNA that attach to the bonding sites on the template DNA. Nucleotides are added to the end of the primer along the DNA template to double the number of strands.
Taq Polymerase Enzyme that adds nucleotides to the primer that are complimentary to the DNA template strand.
Deoxyribonucleotides (dNTP's) Each nucleotide is either an Adenine, Thyamine, Cytosine, or Guanine (A,T,C,G, respectively). Nucleotides are added to the end of the primer such that As on the template strand attach to Ts added to the primer, Ts attach to As, Cs attach to Gs, and Gs attach to Cs.

INITIAL STEP: 95°C for 2 minutes: The initial step separates the double-strand DNA into two single-strand during a PCR reaction.
Denture at 95°C for 30 seconds: The denaturing causes the DNA double helix to unwind and separate into two single strands.
Anneal at 57°C for 30 seconds: Annealing allows primer sequences to attach to each separated DNA strand at the correct site.
Extend at 72°C for 30 seconds: At 72 degrees, DNA polymerase attaches to the primer and begins to add complimentary base pairs, extending the primer.
FINAL STEP: 72°C for 2 minutes: Base pairs A T G and C can attach to the primer via DNA polymerase.
FINAL HOLD: 4°C : Holds temperature at the end of the process to complete the cycle. After this hold is complete, another cycle can begin.

Bonus Points Picture

This image outlines the steps of PCR, taken from
PCR steps
The first panel shows the template DNA strand. During the second panel, the template DNA strand undergoes denaturation, separating into two complimentary strands. In the third panel annealing happens, when the primer sequences attach to each of the separated strands of the template DNA strand. In the fourth panel DNA polymerase attaches to the primer and begins to extend the primer adding complimentary nucleotides. Once this is complete, the template DNA strands and completed strands are heated they separate and the process is repeated.

Adenine pairs with Thymine; Thymine pairs with Adenine. Cytosine pairs with Guanine; Guanine pairs with Cytosine.

Bair-pairing occurring during the final step of the thermal cycling, as well as the anneal at 57°C.

SNP Information & Primer Design

Background: About the Disease SNP
DNA is formed by the joining of complimentary nucleotides that form a double helix. Adenine (A) always bonds with Thyamine (T), and Guanine (G) always bonds with Cytosine (C). Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are changes of a single base pair in the DNA sequence. These SNPs have the ability to adversely affect the protein that is produced from that DNA sequence if its difference causes the complimentary RNA strand to code for a different amino acid.

The SNP rs1044498 is found in humans (Homo sapiens) in the 6th chromosome. This SNP is related to the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.

Ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1) codes for a type 2 trans-membrane glycoprotein that has a number of uses. In particular it facilitates 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulfate binding, insulin receptor binding, and zinc ion binding. Mutations in this gene have been associated with the resistance to insulin in people with Type 2 diabetes.

An allele is the specific form a DNA sequence takes. Multiple alleles are caused by mutations that have taken place at that point on the chromosome. In the non-disease allele of rs1044498, the codon is AAG. The disease-associated allele this SNP causes is a change to CAG. The numerical position of this SNP is 131851288.

Primer Design and Testing
The non-disease forward primer is 5'TTCAGATGACTGCAAGGACA
The non-disease reverse primer is 5'TGTTTAAAAGTTTCTTTAAT
The disease forward primer is 5'TTCAGATGACTGCAAGGACC
The disease reverse primer is 5'TGTTTAAAAGTTTCTTTAAT

Non-disease primer output:

Disease primer output: