User:Benjamin Friedel/Notebook/CHEM 471/2016/03/22

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  1. Perform 1st Agar Disc Diffusion Assay (ended up not performing, just preparing for assay as Dr. Hartings was away and we needed him to retrieve the bacteria)


Materials for Agar Disc Diffusion

  1. Mueller Hinton Agar pre-prepared and stored in fridge
  2. Whatman Membrane Filter Paper (6mm discs punched out from larger discs)

-autoclaved in dry cycle

  1. Dilutions of Protein Nanoparticle Samples and Ampicillin Control

-today we prepared dilutions from 3/15/16 reactions and stored them in dark

  1. Protein-Nanoparticle samples and Ampicillin Control Dilutions

AMP Table

Concentration (mg/L) Concentration (ug/uL) Volume (ul) Mass (ug)
4 0.004 25 0.1
8 0.008 25 0.2
16 0.016 25 0.4
32 0.032 25 0.8
64 0.064 25 1.6

Example Nanoparticle Sample Dilutions

Concentration (x)

  1. Agar disc diffusion specific dilution data, results and pictures can be found at the link SRB Lab Notebook Data for this entry's date

Disc Diffusion Procedure (for next time)

  1. Thaw Ecoli frozen sample (from basement storeroom, retrieved with Dr. Hartings) for 30 min over ice
  2. Plate 100ul sample of thawed Ecoli solution onto mueller hinton agar plates by pipetting volume and then spreading with a triangular sterile spreader in a circle motion
  3. Load 20ul of sample dilutions or control dilution onto their own individual 6mm Whatman membrane filter paper discs with tweezers
  4. place discs on plate, labeled so that dilution 1, is in a particular 5th of a plate (5 dilutions total) and immediately cover palte
  5. incubate at 37˚C overnight and check results after 24 hours incubation

Note that this technique was conducted on the benchtop. Between each loading of a disc on a plate, the tweezers used were washed with EtOH to minimize contamination. However, the plates were open to the air for a period of time during plating and loading of discs. Because we are testing for bacterial inhibition by the nanoparticles and control, if there is contamination, but inhibition we may never know that there was contamination in the first place. Discussed with Dr. Hartings and protocol was approved.

Checking the discs

  1. After 24hrs incubation at 37˚C remove discs from incubator and measure diameters of bacterial inhibition around the discs