Operating Temperature Range (Refined Testing)

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Operating Temperature Range (Refined Testing)


  • To measure the fluorescence over a 6 hour period, for a range of temperatures.
  • To continue from the temperatures measured before, 37oC and 20oC; temperatures 8oC, 15oC, 25oC and 30oC are measured this time round.
  • 8oC is the hypothesized minimum temperature where the system stops working. Judging from the behaviour of the system at this temperature, we will refine its working parameters.


  • 4 Water Baths
  • Cold Room
  • Fluorometer connected to a PC
  • Thermometers
  • 4 96 black Well Plates
  • Eppendorf Tubes
  • Gilson Pipettes p1000, p200, p20


  • S30 Commercial Cell Extract for 16 reactions
  • DNA pTet-GFP from maxiprep
  • Nuclease Free Water


  1. First collect all equipment and reagents and ensure that the fluorometer and that the PC connected has a data collection protocol installed.
  2. Place each of the 96 well plates together with their plate mates in their respective incubators so as to heat them up to the appropriate temperature before the experiments start.
  3. For the next step of the go to the biochemistry level 5
  4. For Each Temperature Carry out the following Procedure
  5. Commercial E.coli Cell Extract: Add 240ul of cell extract + 320ul of premix + 40ul of amino acid mix minus cys + 40ul amino acid mix minus leu to an eppendorf tube, labelled A.

In the Teaching Lab

  1. Add 60ul of water to all the outermost wells of the plate to minimise evaporation of the samples.
  2. Add 40ul of cell extract preparation from A to 4 wells each, on a 96 well plate. (The 4 wells should be placed towards the middle of the plate)
  3. Add 2ug of DNA each to 3 of the wells to make up to 60ul in each well.
  4. In the last well, add 20ul of nuclease free water to the cell extract preparation.
  5. Place the plate in the fluorometer to measure its initial fluorescent reading.
  6. After the measurement, place the sticky tape across the plate, and put the plate in the 8oC water bath.
  7. Start on the next plate, and repeat procedures 2-6.
  8. Place the plate in the 15oC water bath.
  9. Repeat the same procedures for the remaining two plates, except that before placing them in the water bath, wrap aluminium foil around them to prevent photobleaching. (This is because the water baths 25oC and 30oC will be out in the openand exposed to light)
  10. Stagger the start of all the plates by around 5 minutes, and measure the temperature every 30 minutes for each temperature.
  11. Continue this for 6 hours, and plot a graph of the fluorescence against time for all 4 plates.
Well Test Construct In vitro chassis Vol of in
vitro chassis (ul)
D5 pTet Commercial E.coli extract 20µl-DNA volume
D7 pTet Commercial E.coli extract 20µl-DNA volume
D9 pTet Commercial E.coli extract 20µl-DNA volume
F4 GFP x 200 dilution Water -
F6 Empty Vector Commercial E.coli extract -

96 Plate Schematic