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     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com ©2003. Biological Procedures Online. Published in Biological Procedures Online under license from the author(s). Copying, printing, redistribution and storage permitted. Biol. Proced. Online 2003;5(1): 143-152.  Two-dimensional DNA displays for comparisons of bacterial genomes  Chad Malloff1,5, Edie Dullaghan2,4, Alice Li1,4, Richard Stokes1,2,3,4, Rachel Fernandez3* and Wan Lam1,5  The 1Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 2Pediatrics, 3Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia; 4The Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital; 5British Columbia Cancer Research Center, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  *To whom correspondence should be addressed: Rachel C. Fernandez, Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, #300-6174 University Blvd., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3 Canada. Phone: (604) 822-6824, Fax: (604) 822-6041, Email: rachelf@interchange.ubc.ca  Submitted: March 16, 2003; Revised: April 4, 2003; Accepted: April 1, 2003; Published: June 15, 2003  Indexing terms: genomics; DNA fingerprinting; gene transfer, horizontal; polymorphism (genetic); Bordetella, Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas.   ABSTRACT  We have developed two whole genome-scanning techniques to aid in the discovery of polymorphisms as well as horizontally acquired genes in prokaryotic organisms. First, two-dimensional bacterial genomic display (2DBGD) was developed using restriction enzyme fragmentation to separate genomic DNA based on size, and then employing denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) in the second dimension to exploit differences in sequence composition. This technique was used to generate high-resolution displays that enable the direct comparison of > 800 genomic fragments simultaneously and can be adapted for the high-throughput comparison of bacterial genomes. 2DBGDs are capable of detecting acquired and altered DNA, however, only in very closely related strains. If used to compare more distantly related strains (e.g. different species within a genus) numerous small changes (i.e. small deletions and point mutations) unrelated to the interesting phenotype, would encumber the comparison of 2DBGDs. For this reason a second method, bacterial comparative genomic hybridization (BCGH), was developed to directly compare bacterial genomes to identify gain or loss of genomic DNA. BCGH relies on performing 2DBGD on a pooled sample of genomic DNA from 2 strains to be compared and subsequently hybridizing the resulting 2DBGD blot separately with DNA from each individual strain. Unique spots (hybridization signals) represent foreign DNA. The identification of novel DNA is easily achieved by excising the DNA from a dried gel followed by subsequent cloning and sequencing. 2DBGD and BCGH thus represent novel high resolution genome scanning techniques for directly identifying altered and/or acquired DNA.   INTRODUCTION  Genomic variability between individual strains of bacteria may be small and well defined, but may cause large phenotypic changes. The number of novel phenotypes in natural and clinical isolates is inexhaustible and much time is spent determining the genotype of interesting phenotypes. Analysis and comparison of whole-genome sequence information has yielded a great deal of information regarding gene origins, putative virulence factors, and other systems for adaptation. Typically, however, only the genome of one individual species is sequenced and the Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 144interpretation of that information is limited, as the DNA responsible for novel phenotypes is often not represented in the reference strain. In the few instances where multiple genomes of a given species have been sequenced, it is possible to generate a database of single nucleotide polymorphisms (snp) that may contribute to a particular phenotype (1-3). The accumulation of whole-genome sequences of every interesting isolate is not feasible, thus, new methods that have the ability to compare genomes regardless of sequence information will be required.  With sequence information available for a single representative bacterium, a DNA microarray can be produced and used to compare that organism to a number of related bacteria. This approach was first used by Behr et al. (4) to compare the sequenced H37Rv strain of M. tuberculosis to M. bovis and attenuated M. bovis strains (BCG vaccine strains). In this way virulence differences between strains and gene regulation in a single strain can be examined. Unfortunately DNA that is unique to the test organism will not be identified since there is no target for hybridization on the array. This is perhaps the greatest disadvantage with this technique. Whole genome comparison methods such as pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) or restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP) are generally not designed to detect small genetic alterations. Most are only capable of detecting large insertions and deletions. Two-dimensional DNA electrophoresis (2DDE) is a technique that has the potential to detect even minute point mutations in the absence of pre-existing sequence data. It was first described by Fisher and Lerman, who used it to display the genome of an E. coli lambda lysogen in two-dimensions to identify the insertion of the 48 kbp lambda phage (5). In brief, genomic DNA is digested with a frequent cutting restriction enzyme and the fragments are resolved based on size on a conventional agarose or polyacrylamide gel. The fragments are then separated based on sequence composition using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). DGGE has been used extensively for the identification of point mutations (6, 7). Initially 2DDE was technically challenging and not widely used for the display of bacterial genomes. However, with recent advances in the technology, primarily the apparatus for generating reproducible 2D protein gels, 2DDE has been applied to a number of situations. It has been used to study microsatellite stability in human cancers (8, 9) and pedigrees (10), to look at somatic transposition in zebrafish (11), and to perform gene-specific mutation analysis with genes such as BRCA1 (12).  MATERIALS AND METHODS  Cell growth and DNA extraction  Bordetella pertussis strain BP338 was cultured on Bordet-Gengou agar (Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems, Franklin Lakes, NJ) supplemented with 15% sheep’s blood (RA Media, Calgary, Alberta) as described (13). Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains were grown in LB media with 30 µg/µl of gentamicin when necessary. Cells were harvested and DNA extracted as previously described (14). Mycobacterium tuberculosis, strain H37Rv was grown in 7H9 broth supplemented with oleic acid-albumin-dextrose complex (OADC) plus 0.05% Tween 80, harvested and the DNA extracted as previously described (15).   Display of bacterial genomic DNA using two-dimensional DNA electrophoresis  As previously described (14-16), the generation of 2D Bacterial Genomic Displays (2DBGD) is outlined in Figure 1A-F. Five hundred nanograms to 10 micrograms of genomic DNA was digested with a chosen restriction enzyme and the DNA fragments were treated with calf intestinal alkaline phosphatase for 30 minutes at 37°C before phenol extraction, ethanol precipitation and resuspension in TE (10mM Tris Hcl, 1Mm EDTA pH 7.5) (Fig. 1A). 10 micrograms of DNA is used when the gel is to be used for fragment cloning in which case only 10% of the digest is dephosphorylated. The sample was radiolabeled with 10 µCi of γ32P ATP using 10 units T4 polynucleotide kinase (Fig. 1A).  The labeled fragments were resolved as previously described (14, 16). Briefly, samples were first separated by fragment size on a 5% non-denaturing acrylamide gel in electrophoresis buffer for 7-8 hours at 200 volts (Fig. 1B). Each gel lane was then cut and placed on top of a 6% polyacrylamide denaturing gradient gel containing an ascending gradient of formamide (10 to 40% v/v) and urea (1.8 M to 7 M) in electrophoresis buffer (Fig. 1C). In the second dimension, parallel DGGE was performed using an ISO-DALT apparatus for 15-17 hours at 100 volts and a constant temperature of 68.5°C (Fig. 1D). The gels were subsequently washed, dried and exposed to film (Figs. 1E & F).  Fig. 1: Schematic outlining Two-dimensional Bacterial Genomic Display. (a) Samples to be compared are digested with the same frequent cutting enzyme(s) and radiolabelled (asterisk). (b) The fragments are then separated by size on the same first dimension polyacrylamide gel. (c) First dimension gel lanes are cut from the gel and transferred to the top of identical denaturing gradient polyacrylamide gels. (d) Sample fragments are then resolved in the second dimension based on melting characteristics. (e) The gel is then washed and dried before exposure to autoradiography film to generate an image for comparison (f).  Bacterial Comparative Genomic Hybridization  As previously described (14), Bacterial Comparative Genomic Hybridization (BCGH) is outlined in Figure 2A-G.  Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 145Fig. 2: Schematic outlining Bacterial Comparative Genomic Hybridization. (a) Samples to be compared are digested with the same frequent cutting enzyme(s) and combined. (b) The combined sample is then size separated on a first dimension polyacrylamide gel. (c) The first dimension gel lane is then cut from the gel and transferred to the top of a denaturing gradient polyacrylamide gel. (d) Sample fragments are then resolved in the second dimension based on melting characteristics. (e) The gel is then washed and the DNA electroblotted to a nylon membrane. (f,g)  The nylon membrane is then alternatively hybridized with radiolabelled genomic DNA probe (asterisk) of generated from the comparison samples.  Strains to be compared are pooled and run on the same 2D gel (Fig. 2A-D). The samples are not radiolabeled. The 2D gel is electroblotted to a positively charged nylon membrane for 2 hours at 30 volts in a blotting apparatus that fits into the ISO-DALT electrophoresis system (Fig. 2E). Genomic DNA probes were synthesized from 500 ng of digested DNA in the presence of 20 µCi α32P CTP using random primers. Blots were hybridized with DNA from one strain (Fig. 2F) at 65°C for 18 hours in “Church’s Buffer” (10 mg/ml bovine serum albumin; 0.5 mM EDTA; 500 mM NaHPO4 pH 7.2; 7% SDS) and washed 3 times in 2 X SSC/1% SDS at room temperature and once in 0.2 X SSC/0.1% SDS for 15 minutes at 65°C and exposed to x-ray film. The blots were then stripped of probe by boiling for 2 minutes in a solution containing 50 mM NaPO4 and 1% SDS and re-probed with labelled DNA from the second strain (Fig. 2G).  RESULTS AND DISCUSSION  Two-dimensional Bacterial Genomic Display  1ug of B. pertussis strain BP338 DNA was digested with Sau3A I, radiolabelled and run in two dimensions. The resulting image after exposure of the dried gel can be seen in Figure 3A. Approximately 1000 fragments can be discriminated. Similarily 500 ng of M. tuberculosis H37 Rv DNA was digested with Hinf I and resolved in two dimensions (Fig. 3B).  Fig. 3: Representative Two Dimensional Bacterial Genomic Displays. (a) 2DBGD of a Sau3A I digest of B. pertussis strain 338 genomic DNA. (b) 2DBGD of a Hinf I digest of M. tuberculosis strain H37 Rv genomic DNA.  Since the G + C content of the M. tuberculosis genome is similar to that of B. pertussis the same separation conditions can be used. Since such a large number of loci are displayed these images can be used for large-scale comparison between bacterial strains. The use of 2DBGD to compare B. pertussis strains, or different species, strains and mutants of mycobacteria has been previously reported (15, 16). In these studies we showed that 2DBGD (i) is reproducible, (ii) can be used to display different fractions of the genome by changing restriction enzymes, (iii) can be used to detect large insertions that correlate to antibiotic resistance (e.g. a large Tn5-lac insertion), and small mutations (e.g. 7 point mutations within a 500 bp fragment). Obviously, to be able to compare closely related strains and identify genetic differences a high level of reproducibility is required. This is achieved by use of the following protocol: all samples to be compared are run on the same first dimension gel and each gel lane is then transferred to parallel denaturing gradient gels that are poured as a block of multiple gels from a single solution. Gels do undergo stretching during the washing and drying process that can cause small distortions affecting comparison of the entire display at once. However when comparing local areas the spots are superimposable. To facilitate comparisons, standard software for comparing 2D protein gels can be used to analyze and archive 2DBGD displays.   2DBGD is a genomic fingerprinting technique that resolves bacterial genomes as hundreds of fragments. These high-resolution displays enable the direct comparison of > 800 fragments simultaneously. In this manner the identification of both small and large genetic alterations within closely related strains is achieved. This resolution also simplifies cloning and sequence analysis as fragment contamination is minimized. The cloning procedure is discussed in detail in Malloff et al. (14, 16).  Bacterial Comparative Genomic Hybridization  2DBGD is capable of detecting acquired DNA, however, only in very closely related strains where restriction enzyme polymorphisms are minimized. If used to compare more distantly related bacterial strains (of the same species or different species within a genus) numerous small changes (i.e. small deletions and point mutations) unrelated to the interesting phenotype would encumber the comparison of 2DBGDs. BCGH was developed to circumvent this issue. BCGH will detect DNA that is shared Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 146between samples and DNA that is unique to one of the comparison samples. The unique DNA represents laterally acquired DNA.   As we have previously shown (14), BCGH was performed on two isogenic strains of P. aeruginosa, strains H103 and H846. Strain H846 contains a 2.5-kb cassette that contains a gene encoding resistance to the antibiotic gentamicin. This test was deemed ideal to determine the usefulness of this technique to identify acquired DNA with an associated phenotype. DNA from both strains was digested with Hinf I, pooled and subjected to 2DBGD. The display was blotted onto a single nylon membrane. This membrane was then alternatively hybridized with radiolabelled genomic probes generated from strains H103 and H846. The resulting displays can be seen in Figure 4 (17). Since the two images generated were of the same blot, the images are perfectly superimposable. DNA fragments not shared between the genomes are easily identified by excising the spot of interest, and cloning and sequencing the eluted DNA fragment (14, 16). In this example, the novel DNA encoded resistance to gentamicin. The Hinf I digest yields 5 new fragments unique to H846 of which only one (a predicted 623 bp fragment) was identified; presumably the other four were lost in the crowded regions of the display. This would be expected, as approximately 20% of the genome was resolved as distinct spots. This is discussed further below. Since BCGH is a hybridization-based method, only fragments that are significantly different between the comparison genomes will be noticed. Alterations such as small additions, deletions and base pair changes will not hamper the analysis since the fragments would contain enough related DNA to give a hybridization signal in both displays. This technique is therefore limited to identifying larger additions and deletions.  Fig. 4: Identification of acquired DNA using BCGH (17). (a) 9 X 10 cm area of the blot hybridized with the H846 probe is shown. The orange box represents the region displayed in ((b), (c), (d)). (b) An image from hybridization with the H103 probe was coded green. (c) An image from the H846 probe was coded red. (d) An overlay of the two displays ((b), (c)) is shown. Arrows in (c) and (d) indicate a spot that is unique to strain H846. (e), Close-up of the spot (red box) that was excised and cloned from a radiolabelled parallel gel run. Ten micrograms of radiolabeled Hinf I digested H846 DNA was resolved using 2DDE and the resulting gel was dried and exposed to film. Using the autoradiogram as a reference, the spot of interest was excised from the dried gel. Re-exposure of the gel post-excision verified that the correct spot was retrieved. The gel spot was hydrated, boiled, crushed and centrifuged. The eluted DNA was precipitated with ethanol in the presence of 10 µg of glycogen as a carrier. Adaptors were ligated to the recovered DNA in a 10 µl reaction volume [containing 20% of the eluted DNA, 200 units T4 DNA ligase (New England Biolabs) and 100 pmoles each of oligonucleotide 5’-CAGGCACCCGGGAGATCTGAATTC-3’ and 5’-ANTGAATTCAGATC-3’] for 12 hours at 16°C, and purified with the Qiaquick PCR purification kit (Qiagen, Mississauga, Ontario). One-fifth volume of the purified DNA was amplified by PCR using the longer oligonucleotide listed above [denaturation at 94° for 4 minutes followed by 35 cycles (94° 1 minute, 52° 1 minute, 72° 1 minute)]. Gel purified PCR product was digested with EcoR I and cloned into pBlueScriptKS+ vector (Stratagene, La Jolla, CA) for sequence analysis. (f), Sequence derived from this spot. Reprinted from Journal of Molecular Biology, Volume 312, Malloff CA, Fernandez RC, Lam WL. Bacterial Comparative Genomic Hybridization: A Method for Directly Identifying Lateral Gene Transfer. Pages 1-5. Copyright (2001) with permission from Elsevier Science.  Two-dimensional DNA Electrophoresis: Things to consider  When developing the conditions for the 2DDE of bacterial genomes it was discovered that it is imperative that one starts with high quality high molecular weight genomic DNA. DNA extraction procedures that involve vortexing and extensive spins do not generate clean 2D displays. Presumably DNA that is Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 147sheared and nicked will result in numerous small fragments that become single stranded in the denaturing gels, clouding the displays. Therefore it is necessary to have good quality genomic DNA prior to digestion and separation in two dimensions.   Up to 20% of a genome could be resolved on a single 2D gel. The remaining fragments of the genome have either run off the gel or are contained in the areas of poor resolution observed at the leading edge of the gels (Fig. 3). These fragments can be resolved by altering run conditions and using alternate enzymes to generate displays. When an alternate enzyme or enzyme combination is used those fragments that are not resolved due to size or sequence composition would be located in a different position of the display. For this reason a number of suitable enzymes are selected for each organism and used to generate multiple displays for comparison. The conditions represented have been optimized for high G + C genomes (around 65%). Adjusting electrophoresis conditions, acrylamide concentrations, temperature and the steepness of the denaturing gradient will also allow the resolution of a different fraction of the genome (resolution of genomes with lower G + C content can be achieved by these means). However, it is possible that a particular alteration, such as a single bp change, may not be identified with numerous displays and therefore, it is up to the examiner to determine the usefulness of 2DBGD for each particular case. Regardless, the high resolution of 2DBGD far exceeds that of other genome scanning techniques such as restriction fragment length polymorphisms (18), randomly amplified polymorphic DNA and pulse-field electrophoresis (19) that are typically used for strain typing. Those techniques lack the sensitivity to be effective in the identification of small genetic alterations. 2DDE is a powerful addition to the methodologies available for the identification of genomic changes in prokaryotic organisms and will greatly facilitate the comparison of different strains of clinical or environmental isolates.  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS  The authors would like to thank Julia Rathmann for contributions to the protocols. This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (grant GX-15495), the Hecht Memorial Foundation, the Network Centres of Excellence (Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network), the Florence and George Heighway Fund, and the B.C. Tuberculosis and Chest Disabled Veterans' Association. ED was the recipient of a BC Lung Association Postdoctoral Fellowship in Childhood Lung Disorders. RS is the recipient of a BC Research Institute for Children’s & Women’s Health Investigatorship Award.  Malloff et al.     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Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 149PROTOCOLS Protocol  Some of the equipment and procedures are illustrated in Figure 5.  Fig. 5: Practical aspects of 2DDE. (a) Preparation of glass plates. (b) Apparatus used to simultaneously pour 24 denaturing gradient gels. (c) Preparing 1st dimension for transfer. (d) Transfer of 1D strip to 2D gel. (e) Simultaneous running of multiple gels.  Equipment  Gradient Gel Casting  Dalt Multiple Gel Caster      Amersham Dalt Gradient Maker with peristalic pump    Amersham Dalt gel cassette for 1.5mm thickness (need 24 to fill caster)  Amersham  Second Dimension Electrophoresis Equipment  Dalt Multiple Electrophoresis Tank with buffer circulation pump Amersham Multitemp III thermostatic circulator    Amersham  Dalt Blotting Kit with rack, 5 transfer cassettes and sponges  Amersham  Other  Hydrotech Gel drying system (vacuum and dryer)   Bio-Rad PowerPac 200 power supply     Bio-Rad Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 150Monotech Autoradiography cassettes 14x17    VWR Owl adjustable vertical electrophoresis system and 1mm spacers  VWR  Reagents  50 X 2D TAE  Tris-base  484.56 g NaOAc anhydrous 164.06 g Na2EDTA  37.22 g Glacial acetic acid  200 mL Fill to 2 L with ddH2O  Methods  1D Gel  1. Prepare the following for a 20 cm (w) X 28 cm (h) X 1mm thick gel:  Acrylamide              4.87 g Bis-Acrylamide  0.13 g 2D TAE, 50X  2 mL Fill with ddH2O to final 100 mL  Pouring of 1D Gel  1. Clamp 1 mm spacers between plates with small clips, making sure spacers meet each other tightly. 2. Just prior to pouring, add 100 µl TEMED to the solution and mix. Add 200 µL of 20% ammonium persulfate and mix. 3. Pour PAG between glass plates and tap out air bubbles. 4. Place comb(s) in the gel. 5. Add more PAG solution if necessary. 6. Clamp the comb(s) to ensure tight fit to glass (apply clamp(s) over glass only). 7. Cover the top of the apparatus/gel with saran wrap. 8. Allow at least 2 hours to polymerize.  Running of 1D Gel  1. Fill the chambers of running apparatus with 1 X 2D TAE. 2. Remove the comb(s) and bottom spacer, use H2O to facilitate. 3. Cut off any excess gel and clean out the wells. 4. Place the gel in the bottom tank (angle to facilitate removal of air in the bottom space). 5. Clamp the gel plate to the stand. 6. Clamp an aluminium plate to the back of the gel plate. 7. Top up tanks with buffer. 8. Check the wells again and remove debris or air by squirting with buffer. 9. Using a pen, mark the glass to indicate the chosen wells. 10. Load the samples into the wells. 11. Attach electrodes onto the buffer chambers and plug them into the power supply. 12. Turn on the power supply and set the voltage; usually 200 V.  13. Set the running time; usually 8 hours. 14. Load ~0.5 µL 10X loading dye every ~2 hours to make lanes visible for cutting.  Preparation of 2D Gel Casting Chamber (Fig. 5A)  1. Wash the gel box and 23 sets of plates (set consists of one with spacer 1.5 mm thick and one without). Make sure they are dry.  2. Cut and place V-shaped sponges in the groove of the gel chamber. Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 1513. Place Whatman paper strips in the back of the gel casting chamber. 4. Place in the first set of plates and repeat until the gel casting chamber is full. 5. Attach the front panel onto the gel casting chamber and tighten all the screws. 6. Make sure the gradient maker and tubes are clean.  2D Gels  1. Prepare the following in 2L graduated cylinders with stir bars:  Table 1: Composition of gradient gel  100% n% Acrylamide 70.1 g 70.1 g Bis-Acrylamide 1.87 g 1.87 g 2D TAE, 50X 24 mL 24 mL Urea 503 g (503 g x n%) Formamide 480 mL (480 mL x n%) Fill with ddH2O to final 1200 mL 1200 mL + a few crystals of bromophenol blue (to help tell solutions apart)  2. Place the solutions on stir plates and allow the solutes to completely dissolve, ~ 5 hours. 3. Pour the heavier solution into a side-arm flask, add the stir bar, place on a stir plate and start stirring. 4. Turn on the tap of the water aspirator, attach the vacuum tube to the flask and apply the rubber stopper to the top of the flask to degas. 5. Stir until small gas bubbles stop forming rapidly; break the vacuum before turning off the water. 6. Return the solution to the cylinder. 7. Repeat degassing procedure with the lighter solution. 8. Just prior to pouring, add 5 mL of 20% APS and 200 µL of TEMED to each solution while stirring.  Pouring 2D Gel Block (Fig. 5B)  1. Prepare a large beaker with dH2O. 2. Ensure all clamps on the tubes of the gradient maker are closed. 3. Pour the lower %, blue solution in the right chamber of the gradient maker. 4. Open the right clamp.  5. Open the left clamp slowly until blue solution fills the top part of the tubing and a little into the left chamber. Close both clamps. 6. Fill the left chamber with the heavier solution. 7. Ensure the transfer tube is tightly in the gel casting chamber.  Fill the side chamber of the gel casting chamber with 100mL of 35% sucrose. 8. Open the bottom clamp of the gradient maker, turn the peristaltic pump just on, and quickly open the left and right clamps. 9. Turn the peristaltic pump up to level 4. 10. Periodically, shake the gel box during filling to level the gels. 11. When the blue solution is almost empty, turn the pump down.  12. Close the left clamp when the right chamber is empty (blue solution). 13. Allow the heavy solution to pump out, tilting the unit forward to obtain all of the solution. 14. Once the tubes (up to the gel box) are clear of all solution, shut off the pump and close the clamps. 15. Pull the tube out of the gel box and allow the sucrose to lift the acrylamide solutions within the gel casting chamber.  Add more sucrose solution if needed. 16. Fill the gradient maker with dH2O and pump it back out. Repeat. 17. Lightly spray 0.5% SDS across the top of gels and drag a spatula through them to remove any bubbles. 18. Cover the gels with saran wrap and a glass plate. To store, add a damp paper towel under the saran wrap. 19. Rinse out cylinders, etc. 20. Let the block polymerize for at least 3 hours  Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 152Preparation Of 2D Running Tank  Make sure to do this ~ 4 hours before a run 1. Remove the stands and electrodes from the tank. 2. Fill the tank with 24 L of dH2O. 3. Add 500 mL of 50 X 2D TAE and 500 mL more of dH2O. 4. Close the lid, ensuring the electrodes are connected. 5. Plug in the circulating pump. 6. Turn on the heater of the water bath and set the desired temperature.  7. After the tank has warmed to temperature, replace the stands and electrodes and allow to warm again.  Preparation of 2D Gels   1. Remove the front of the gel casting chamber. 2. Remove the first gel and clean it off, use water to help, set aside.  3. Place the gel in a stand in the orientation it was removed. 4. Repeat until the desired number of gels have been prepared (see #7 below). 5. Cover the remaining gels with a damp paper towel, saran wrap, and a glass plate. 6. Wash the gels off, in the sink, with dH2O. 7. If not running all 10 gels (minimum of 6 gels total), place some blanks in the tank so they can start to equilibrate.  Loading 1D strips into 2D gels  (Figs. 5C & D)  1. Prepare 1.5% agarose/2D TAE for sealing the gels:  Agarose  3 g 2D TAE, 50 X  4 mL Fill with ddH2O to final  200 mL  2. Dissolve the agarose by heating and store it in a 65°C water bath until needed. 3. Fill the top of the gel(s) with 1 X 2D TAE for loading the 1D strip(s). 4. Cut the 1D gel to a length of 23 cm and lift it with a ruler. 5. Cut the 1D gel lane and lift it with a thin plastic ruler. 6. Drop the strip on top of the 2D gel with the high MW bands on the right (remember orientation).  7. Aspirate the buffer from the top of gel and make sure the strip is flat on the 2D gel. 8. Use a pipette to overlay the 1D strip with the 1.5% agarose. Be sure to avoid any air bubbles that will reduce current through parts of the gel.  Starting 2D Gel Run (Fig. 5E)  1. Once the agarose has solidified, place the gels into the chamber in the stand (6 gels minimum to achieve a good amperage and running temperature). 2. Make sure the gels are running to the red electrode. 3. Ensure the buffer volume is 1 cm below the exposed edge of the glass plates. 4. Close the lid on the tank and let the chamber equilibrate and get back up to temp. ~10 – 20 minutes.  5. When equilibrated, attach the electrodes to the power supply. 6. Turn on the power supply and set voltage to 100 V. 7. Check the amps. They should be ~ 1.3 to 1.4 for 10 gels, ~1 for 6 gels. 8. Set the timer to the desired run time.  Disassembling and Drying Gels  1. Once the gels have finished running, turn off the water bath and power supply and unplug the circulating pump. 2. Remove the gels. 3. Place the gel into a glass or plastic dish (one per dish). 4. Pour 1 X 2D TAE into the dish to immerse the gel. Malloff et al.     Biological Procedures Online • Vol. 5 No. 1 • June 15, 2003 • www.biologicalprocedures.com 1535. Using a spatula, crack the seal between the top plate and gel and remove the top plate. 6. Remove the agarose and 1D gel strips (throw in appropriate trash). 7. Rock the lower plate back and forth within the buffer to loosen the gel from the plate (this allows expansion of the gel as it hydrates). 8. Allow the gels to soak for ~45 minutes, rocking the dishes every 15 minutes to wash away the formamide and urea.  9. Realign the gel to the plate and remove them from the buffer. 10. Drain the liquid from the gel. 11. Place a piece of Whatman paper (~21 cm x 27 cm) over the gel.  12. Replace the top glass plate and flip over. 13. Fold a 46 cm x 57 cm piece of Whatman paper in half length-wise. 14. Remove the top plate and cover the gels with plastic wrap. 15. Smooth out any bubbles. 16. Transfer to a gel drier with another piece of Whatman on it, plastic wrap side up. 17. Place a 23 cm x 29 cm piece of Whatman over the plastic wrap to prevent gel dryer gasket sticking. 18. Finish assembling the gel drier. 19. Turn on the gel drier (turn on the suction for a few seconds before opening the valve). 20. Ensure suction has been established. 21. Dry the gels for ~1 hour at 80° C. 22. Turn off the gel drier and pump. 23. Transfer the plastic wrap / gel / Whatman (single piece) sandwich to a cassette and expose to film.  


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