5% agar was seeded with 1 ml of C. violaceum CV026 overnight culture, and then immediately poured over the surface of solidified LB agar. After the overlaid agar solidified, several wells were punched on the top of the LB agar to form the well plate. For preparation of the whole cell
reaction mixture, 1 ml of E. coli clone overnight culture was centrifuged and suspended in 1 ml of 100 mM Tris buffer (pH 7.0). Then, 150 μl of the cell suspension (OD600 = 1.2) was mixed with an equal volume of 25 μM N-(heptanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone (C7-HSL) or C8-HSL (Fluka Ltd, SG, Switzerland) and incubated at 30°C, with gentle agitation, for 1 h. The whole cell Selleck CHIR 99021 reaction mixture STI571 research buy was boiled (95°C, 5 min) to stop the enzymatic reaction. One hundred microlitres of the reaction mixture was loaded into the well on the plate. The loaded bioassay plate was finally incubated in the upright position at 30°C for 24 h to observe whether adequate colour development was achieved. A violet pigmentation of the bacterial lawn distributed around the wells indicated an absence of AHL-degrading activity. Cloning and expression of aac gene The plasmid DNA pZC09, carrying the aac gene, was
prepared by using Gene-Spin Miniprep Purification Kit (Protech Ltd, Taiwan) and used as a PCR template. The aac gene was amplified by PCR with CDK activity primers, 5′-GAGGTACCGAAGGAGGACACCGCATG-3′ (forward) and 5′-CGACTAGT TCACTGCGACAGCTTTGTCACCT-3′ (the KpnI and SpeI sites are underlined, the start and stop codons are in italic, the RBS site is in bold font). Template DNA (10 ng) was added to the Anidulafungin (LY303366) PCR reactions at a final reaction volume of 50 μl (1× DyNAzyme II buffer, 200 μM deoxynucleotide triphosphate, 1.0 μM primer, 2% dimethyl sulfoxide (Sigma Ltd, MO, USA), and 5.0 U DyNAzyme™ II DNA polymerase (Finnzymes Ltd, ESPOO, Finland). PCR was performed in a GeneAmp PCR system 9700 (Perkin Elmer Ltd, CA, USA). The PCR products were digested with KpnI and SpeI and then purified by a PCR-M™ Clean Up System kit (Viogene Ltd, Taiwan).
Eighty ng of the purified PCR product was added into 15 μl of the ligation mixture (50 ng of KpnI/SpeI-digested pBBR1MCS-3, 1× ligation buffer, and 5 U T4 DNA ligase) and incubated at 16°C for 16 h. The resulting construct, pS3aac, was transformed into E. coli DH10B by the heat shock method  and screened on LB agar containing tetracycline (10 μg·ml-1), isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG, 50 μg·ml-1), and 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl-D-galactoside (X-Gal, 50 μg·ml-1). Then, the positive clones of E. coli DH10B (pS3aac) expressing AHL-degrading activity were identified through the in vitro whole cell bioassay. Next, the cloned aac gene was sequenced by an ABI PRISM 3730XL DNA Analyzer along with an ABI PRISM BigDye Terminator Cycle Sequencing Ready Reaction Kit (Perkin-Elmer).