Gene Expression Lab
Describe the concept of gene expression.
Describe how prokaryotic gene regulation occurs at the level of transcription.
Explain the structure and function of an inducible operon.
Describe how an inducer (allolactose) and the lac repressor ensure the expression of the
lac operon only at appropriate times.
Describe how glucose influences lac operon function.
Analyze the effect of inducers and repressors on
Closed-toe shoes must be worn
Long hair tied back
Goggles must be worn at all times while experiments are being conducted in the classroom.
Even if you’re done.
Gloves should be worn while performing the experiments.
All pipet tips should be ejected into the tip waste bin on your bench.
All ONPG should be poured into the waste container on the side bench.
Remember to put the
lid back on when you are done.
Rinse your glass cuvettes in the sink and dispose of them in the glass waste box.
Lab Activity 1
: Determine the optimal growth conditions for
Complete Table 1 and Table 3 on your own before coming to lab. Calculate how much ONPG and Z
buffer to use for each reaction.
Clearly label 13 microcentrifuge tubes to correspond with the reactions listed in Table 1.
culture, or unused media for the blank, into each microcentrifuge tube
and then add the Lysis Reagent.
Cap the tubes and mix by gentle flicking with your finger.
Incubate the tubes at room temperature for 10 min.
is lysing, clearly label 13 glass tubes to correspond with the reactions in
Be sure that your label is up near the top of the glass tube so it will not interfere with
Pipet the appropriate volume of Z Buffer into each of the 13 glass reaction tubes and the blank
in Table 1
are done lysing, place the microcentrifuge tubes on ice.
Quantitatively transfer the contents of each of your lysis microcentrifuge tubes to the
corresponding glass reaction tubes containing the Z buffer.
What setting should you need on
your micropipettor to do this?