Team:NYMU-Taipei/Project/Promoter Strength Testing


  • All experiments were done in E. coli DH5alpha.
  • Maturation rate of GFP is 6.5mins [1]
  • All our analysis was done in excel documents: and done based on the paper by Leveau and Lindow [2].


Reporting Assay Protocol

  1. Single colonies for each biological replicate was selected from freshly streaked plates and cultured overnight in an 10ml tube of LB at 37C, 200rpm.
  2. Measure the OD600 and dilute it to 0.0325 in 3-5ml of LB (culture amount depends upon number of measurements. We usually used 3ml).
  3. Incubate it for an hour at 37C, 200rpm.
  4. Then for every hour:
    • Remove 250uL from the tube, put in a cuvette and measure the OD600.
    • Take 200uL from the cuvette and transfer it into a well on a black 96-well plate.
    • Measure the fluorescence in an ELIZA reader.

2009-08-25 Reporting Assay

NYMU 2009-08-25.png Figure 1. This is the graph of our promoter strength testing. Since we did not do biological replicates, we are not able to confirm the validity of the result.

2009-09-07 Reporting Assay

NYMU 2009-09-07.png Figure 2. Again, we did not do biological replicates so we are not able to confirm its validity. At least we can tell from these two experiments that pPenI is stronger than pTet which is stronger than pLac (in DH5alpha)

2009-09-18 Reporting Assay

NYMU 2009-09-18.png Figure 3.From this third experiment, we can see that the relative strength between pPenI and pTet has not changed much in these three experiments. However, the relative strength between pLac and pTet has fluctuated quite a bit. Again, we did not do biological replicates.

2009-09-29 Reporting Assay

NYMU 2009-09-29.png Figure 4. We tested new promoters and measured their strength relative to pCI. This time we did a three-fold biological replicate. The error bars are 95% confidence intervals.

2009-10-05 Reporting Assay

NYMU 2009-10-05.png Fiqure 5.We tested the relative strengths of all the new promoters (p22, pCI, pLux, pLas) and old promoters (pTet, pPenI, pLac) together. However, we only did three-fold biological replicates on the new promoters. pCI was the strongest promoter, and it was also clearly seen visually when comparing the overnighted liquid cultures. The error bars are 95% confidence intervals.

2009-10-13 Reporting Assay

NYMU 2009-10-13.png Figure 6. This time we did six-fold replicates for pTet, pPenI, and pLac. However, two of the pTet values were duds, and two others suspiciously looked liked duds too. So the pTet confidence interval contains only two values, while pPenI and pLac both contain six. The error bars are 95% confidence intervals.


  • We have tested the relative strengths of p22, pCI, pLux (basal level), pLas (basal level), pTet, pPenI, and pLac.
  • We obtained relatively consistent results between the relative strengths of p22, pCI, pLux, and pLas, while obtaining not so consistent results between pTet, pPenI, and pLac.
  • We think it is due to the lack of experience earlier on and confusing us which relative strengths between pTet, pPenI, and pLac were correct.


[1] Megerle JA, Fritz G, Gerland U, Jung K, Radler JO: Timing and Dynamics of Single Cell Gene Expression in the Arabinose Utilization System, Biophys J, 2008, 95(4): 2103–2115
[2] Leveau JHJ and Lindow SE, Predictive and Interpretive Simulation of Green Fluorescent Protein Expression in Reporter Bacteria, Journal of Bacteriology, 2001, 183(23): 6752-6762