Team:INSA Toulouse/contenu/lab practice/results/polT7



Results - T7 Polymerase characterization


Characterize the activity of T7 polymerase with an RFP reporter under a T7 promoter. Reminder: T7 polymerase is necessary in our system to activate the two T7 promoters in the AND1 and AND2 gate.


The following constructions were designed:

The coding sequence of T7 polymerase was extracted from the genome of E. coli BL21-DE3. Further cloning steps were necessary to add a promoter, a rbs and a terminator. The expected functioning is: - Production of RFP if T7 polymerase is present (red colonies) - Absence of RFP if T7 polymerase is absent (white colonies)


The addition of a promoter and a rbs to the T7 polymerase gene was successful. However, we did not have time to go further and add the terminator to the construct.
Nevertheless, a new biobrick pT7-RFP was created!
Following is the electrophoresis gel showing that we obtained a fragment of expected length (829 bp) by restriction with EcoRI/PstI:

Verifications of the validity of the constructions were performed with visual inspection of the colours of the colonies. The pT7-RFP plasmid was transformed into competent BL21-DE3. Plates were supplemented or not with IPTG. White colonies were obtained on the Petri dishes with no IPTG and red colonies on the Petri dishes containing IPTG.


The biobrick behave as expected. It was submitted to the registry as BBa_K1132045.