ACP2

Melon

ACP II – (Acidphosphatase)

16 % v/v glycerol
Bring 200 grams (= 160 ml) of glycerol (q.c.w. Sigma G-7757) and 800 ml distilled water in a beaker.  Mix well and bring to a final volume of 1000 ml with distilled water. Store in the refrigerator.

Sepalyte pH 3-10 (Cat.No. 42008 ProTec Bioseparation)
Ready to hand Sepalyte solutions. Store in refrigerator

Acrylamide/ bis acrylamide 29 : 1 solution
Ready to hand acrylamide solution  (q.c.w. Sigma A-3574). Store in refrigerator.

0.1N Sodium hydroxide
4.0 g sodium hydroxide (q.c.w. Sigma S-8045) in 1000 ml distilled water. Add a trace (tip of a small spatula) of sodium azide (q.c.w. Sigma S-8032).  Store at room temperature

0,1% w/v riboflavin
0.05 g riboflavin (q.c.w. Sigma R-0508) in 50 ml 0.1 N sodium hydroxide.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

10% w/v ammonium persulfate
0.5 g ammonium persulfate (q.c.w. Sigma A- 3678) in 5.0 ml distilled water.
Store in refrigerator for one week

4 N Sodium hydroxide
16.0 g sodium hydroxide (q.c.w. Sigma S-8045) in 100 ml distilled water.
Store in the refrigerator.

ACP  extraction solution 0.25 M glycine- NaOH buffer pH 8.6
Bring 9.40-g glycine (q.c.w. Sigma G- 7126) in ± 400 ml distilled water in a beaker. Stir until fully dissolved. Adjust the pH to 8.6 with a 4 N NaOH solution (± 2.2 ml).  Bring to a final volume of 500 ml with distilled water. Add a trace (tip of a small spatula) of Orange G  (q.c.w. Sigma O-1625). Store in a refrigerator.

0.1 M sodium acetate pH 5.0
16.4 g sodium acetate (q.c.w. Sigma S-8750) in 1800 ml distilled water.  Stir until fully dissolved. Adjust the pH to 5.0 with acetic acid (q.c.w. BDH 27013). Bring to a final volume of 2000 ml with distilled water. Add a trace (tip of a small spatula) of sodium azide (q.c.w. Sigma S-8032). Store at room temperature.

4 M magnesium chloride
Bring 203-g magnesium chloride hexahydrate  (q.c.w. Sigma M-0250) and 150 ml distilled water in a beaker. Stir until fully dissolved and bring to a final volume of 250 ml. Store at room temperature.

2 % v/v acetic acid solution
Bring 20 ml of acetic acid 100% (q.c.w. BDH 27013) in 1000 ml distilled water.
Store at room temperature.

TEMED
Ready to use TEMED Sigma ( T-9281).

Gel preparation
9.5 ml        16 % glycerol
2.0 ml        Acrylamide/bis acrylamide 29: 1 solution
1.0 ml        Sepalyte pH 3-10
0.065 ml    0.1 % w/v riboflavin
0.012 ml    TEMED
0.035 ml    10% ammonium persulfate.

Add the above reagents and swirl to mix. Pour the gel according to the flap technique and allow polymerizing for at least 4 hours under light. Store the gels in a sealed bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Sample preparation
Single cotyledon punches (using the cork borer # 3, diameter 7 mm) from soil or towel germinated seeds (6-8) days old. Samples are placed into a 96 well microplate then frozen for two hours or better overnight. To each well, 100 ul ACP extraction solution is added. See to it that the confetti-like punchouts are on the bottom of the wells. The samples are homogenized using the Terminator for 3 minutes (extraction should be done while samples are still frozen) and centrifuged for 10 minutes at 3000 rpm. at 10°C  (or room temperature).

Electrophoresis
Turn the cooling supply on and set at a temperature of ± 15°C.  Remove the gel from the glass plates. Clean the back of the gel with methanol/ethanol. Place the gel onto the cooling plate with several ml of water. The gel can be divided into three parts.  Space the electrodes evenly across the gel, alternating cathode (black electrode) and anode (red electrode) and then place directly onto the gel.

Power settings are for one gel (double the mA and Watts when running two gels).

Prefocusing
Run 1:   600 Volts – 60 mA – 12 Watts – 75 Volthours

Sample application
After the prefocusing step, the 52 templates are positioned ± 20 mm from the cathode (black electrode). See cartoon image section “gel interpretation 9.1.6 “ Each sample well is filled with 15 µl of supernatant.

Focusing
Run 2:     200 Volts – 60 mA – 12 Watts –     50  Volthours
Run 3:   1000 Volts – 60 mA – 12 Watts – 1000  Volthours

After the gel has finished running, remove the gel from the cooling plate and place into an appropriate staining tray.

ACP staining
200  ml       0.1 M sodium acetate pH 5.0
0.25 ml       4 M MgCl2
0.20 g        ß-napHthyl acid pHospHate (q.c.w. Sigma N-7375)
0.25 g        Fast Garnet (q.c.w. Sigma F-8761)

Heat up the sodium acetate solution to ± 37° C.  Add the reagents together and mix until fully dissolved and stain the gel at ± 37°C or at room temperature until the bands can be clearly visualized.  Remove the stain and destain the gel in a 2 % glacial acetic acid solution for about 10 minutes and rinse with distilled water for an additional 10 minutes. The gel can be air-dried.

Gel interpretation 
No international enzyme classification is used.

The first band of interest from the anode is genotyped  “11”
The furthest band of interest from the anode is genotyped “ 22”
The hybrid is genotyped “1/2” in case that the female is 11 and the male 22.
The hybrid is genotyped “2/1” in case that the female is 22 and the male 11.



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