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  1. MCB 7200: Molecular Biology Gene libraries cDNA libraries Library screening

  2. Eukaryotic gene organization enhancers silencers

  3. Genomic library construction

  4. Screening a genomic library using DNA hybridization to a (radio-)labeled DNA probeNote: a cDNA is commonly (radio-)labeled and used as a DNA probe to screen a genomic library

  5. Production of a (radio-)labeled DNA probe by the random primer method [uses the Klenow fragment of DNA polymerase] 5’ 3’ 5’ 3’ 3’ 5’

  6. How many genomic clones must be screened to find your gene? Theoretically, you will need to screen N clones where N=ln(1-P)/ln(1-f) where P=the probability of finding your gene and f=the average size of the cloned genomic sequence in your vector divided by the total genome size. How many clones must you screen to find your gene in a human gene library packaged in EMBL 3 with 99% certainty? N=ln(1-0.99)/ln(1-20kb/2.8 x 106kb)= 6.4 x 105 clones

  7. The first step in making a cDNA library: Purification of polyadenylated mRNA using oligo(dT)-cellulose Note: selection of the proper source (organ, tissue) of the RNA is critical here!

  8. Figure 5.15 A cDNA library contains representative copies of cellular mRNA sequences.

  9. Complementary DNA or cDNA cloning:cDNA library constructionNote: ds cDNAs are typically placed in a cloning vector such as bacteriophage lambda (l) or a plasmid

  10. Bacteriophage lcloning system

  11. Bacteriophage l cloning system Cos sites at the left and right ends Cloning site

  12. There are several possible ways to screen a cDNA library Using a DNA probe with a homologous sequence (e.g., a homologous cDNA or gene clone from a related species) Using an oligonucleotide probe based on a known amino acid sequence (requires purification of the protein and some peptide sequencing) Using an antibody against the protein of interest (note: this requires use of an expression vector) Plus/minus or differential screening (the least specific way)

  13. Screening a cDNA library using DNA hybridization to a (radio-)labeled DNA probe

  14. Screening a cDNA library with a labeled oligonucleotide probe based on a known peptide sequence

  15. Using polynucleotide kinase andg-32P-labeled ATP to radiolabel oligonucleotide probes

  16. Immunological screening of an expression cDNA library with a primary antibody and labeled secondary antibody; note the label is often an enzyme label like alkaline phosphatase or horseradish peroxidase, but it can also be 125I

  17. Animations for two related uses of expression vectors • Expression cloning of receptor proteins-see MCB Chapter 5 • http://bcs.whfreeman.com/lodish7e/#800911__812046__ • Looking for protein-protein interactions with the yeast two hybrid system-see MCB Chapter 7 • http://bcs.whfreeman.com/lodish7e/#800911__812055__

  18. Plus/min (+/-) or differential screening

  19. A cosmid cloning system:another possible cloning vector which can be used for genomic library but not for cDNA libraries

  20. In summary, you have seen: How to make and screen gene libraries How to make and screen cDNA libraries Several different cloning vectors including plasmids, bacteriophage lambda (l), and cosmids