[Chlamydomonas] problem preparing Hutners trace elements...
(by adriagh from ibt.unam.mx)
Wed Oct 17 20:43:03 EST 2012
I've been trying to prepare the Hutner's trace element solution and I've
been having some problems, therefore I'm asking for your help.
I prepared the solution according to the recipe provided at the
chlamy.org site which is the following one:
For 1 liter final mix, dissolve each compound in the volume of water
The EDTA should be dissolved in boiling water, and the FeSO_4 should
be prepared last to avoid oxidation.
compound amount water
EDTA disodium salt 50 g 250 ml
ZnSO_4 . 7 H_2 O 22 g 100 ml
H_3 BO_3 11.4 g 200 ml
MnCl_2 . 4 H_2 O 5.06 g 50 ml
CoCl_2 . 6 H_2 O 1.61 g 50 ml
CuSO_4 . 5 H_2 O 1.57 g 50 ml
(NH_4 )_6 Mo_7 O_24 . 4 H_2 O 1.10 g 50 ml
FeSO_4 . 7 H_2 O 4.99 g 50 ml
Mix all solutions except EDTA. Bring to boil, then add EDTA
solution. The mixture should turn green. When everything is
dissolved, cool to 70 degrees C. Keeping temperature at 70, add 85
ml hot 20% KOH solution (20 grams / 100 ml final volume). Do NOT use
NaOH to adjust the pH.
Bring the final solution to 1 liter total volume. It should be clear
green initially. Stopper the flask with a cotton plug and let it
stand for 1-2 weeks, shaking it once a day. The solution should
eventually turn purple and leave a rust-brown precipitate, which can
be removed by filtering through two layers of Whatman#1 filter
paper, repeating the filtration if necessary until the solution is
clear. Store refrigerated or frozen convenient aliquots. Some people
shorten the time for formation of the precipiate by bubbling the
solution with filtered air.
If no precipitate forms, the solution is still usable. However, you
might want to check the pH in this case and adjust it to around 7.0
using either KOH or HCl as needed.
Everything was ok until I bubbled filtered air to the solution for
aprox. 6 hrs; the precipitate was clearly formed, nevertheless the
filtered solution didn't have a purple color, instead, it had still a
brown-greenish color (browner than greener). Accordingly, I checked the
pH of the solution and it was of 6.0, so I decided to adjust the pH to 7
with KOH (20% w/v) at room temperature. When I was increasing the pH,
the solution immediately began to form a considerable ammount of
precipitate (no so rusty as the first one, but still brown) and the pH
began to diminish by itself; I continued adjusting the pH until it
didn't change too much (it stayed at aprox. 6.8). Then, I filtered the
solution remaining a considerable amount of precipitate; the solution
was not so green, but it still had a brown-green color that wasn't
similar to purple. I left the filtered solution with bubbling air for
more time, and it seems that it's forming a little bit more of precipitate.
My question is: is the procedure that I followed ok? will the solution
still work for culturing Chlamydomonas?
Any help will be kindly appreciated.
Cellular Engineering & Biocatalysis Dpt.
Instituto de Biotecnologia-UNAM
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