December Goals (belated)

Time flies, especially when I get various waves of data that needs analyzing, and also Thanksgiving, tests/papers from class, etc… Lots of tasks will carry over from November, BUT nevertheless, headway has been made.

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Finalized list of SRM data analysis stats

The Thanksgiving weekend provided time to ponder/reflect on the SRM stats that I’ve run thus far, what else needs to be done, and how to finish up. Received guidance from Dave-o. Note: next time, include a housekeeping protein in list of targets.

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Oyster New Year 2017

Weekend fun! Spent Saturday night shucking oysters with Set & Drift Shellfish Co. at Oyster New Year, a fundraiser for Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Here are all the farmers setting up their wet bars moments before the doors opened to the public.

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Olympia oyster gonad stage pie charts

Gonad histology samples were collected twice last winter during the Oly experiment: after the temperature treatment, and after the OA treatment. Samples were sent to Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group for paraffin embedding and slides. Grace & Katie Davidson (from Walla Walla) imaged the slides, and Katie assigned gonad maturation stage & sex.

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Collected FB Broodstock for Oly 2018 Temp. Experiment

Gearing up for another Olympia oyster project for 2018. This time we’ll closely monitor gonad activity in broodstock overwintered in different temperatures. We’ll use wild Fidalgo Bay (North Sound) and Dyes Inlet (Central Sound) oysters collected in early November, tempeatures being 6degC & 10degC.

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Oly 2017 Exp Summary

I drafted a narrative summary of the Olympia oyster experiment conducted over the past year to orient visitors to my GitHub repo and to the project. Check it out. (by the way, it’s much prettier to view in GitHub than on my webpage)

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SRM data - quantifying tech. rep. quality

Today I figured out how to calculate distances between tech reps on the NMDS plot to numerically validate my removal of poor-quality reps. I ended up removing a few more reps (as compared to visually inspecting reps), but as a whole not much has changed. I also generated a couple plots using Plotly, which is fantastic. Plotly creates interactive plots so you can hover over points, zoom into a plot, etc.

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Cleaning day - rinsing Olys and cleaning OA system

It’s been 1 week since I moved my Oly seed to the dock; today I checked on them to ensure the screen envelopes are still secured and to rinse them with fresh water. Everything was still in place and the screen wasn’t too dirty, so I’ll wait ~10 days to 2 weeks to return. I also tagged the Oly cages 92. NOTE: there are three cages hanging together on 92; my Oly broodstock and some of Yaamini’s gigas are in 2 cages, and my Oly seed are in the other.

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Moved Olympia oyster seed to Manchester dock

My post-set Oly’s have been housed in upwelling silos in a tank at Manchester, fed algae produced by PSRF, since July. It’s time to get them out of there, since PSRF is really only producing algae for me, and they have potential plans to turn the water off for re-plumbing projects, etc. My task for today is to move the oysters to cages hanging off the dock.

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Initial survival data, Olympia oyster experiment 2017

The following is data on Oly survival from larvae to juvenile. Data is adjusted for a few events where larvae were lost due to overflowed bucket, etc. Data was adjusted by calculating the mean % larvae accounted for from one bucket count to the next (pretty good, 94%), then taking the difference between the actual # counted during screening after loss event and what would be predicted by the 94% accountability rate.

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Retention Time R2 Calcs

One of the first steps in processing SRM data is to confirm that the selected peaks actually represent the peptides, aka that our assay works. To do this, we use linear regression between PRTC retention times in DIA and SRM to calculate predicted transition RTs in collected SRM data. Then, we calculate the R^2 for PRTC and experimental peptides compared to predicted.

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Cleaning up SRM data in Skyline, part II

Before I export my data from Skyline for data analysis, I have the following final things to do:

  • Adjust peak boundaries as necessary
  • Remove transitions that do not align with the predicted RT. Remove any peaks that do not have at least 2 transitions.
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Oly spawning charts

Here’s a quick visualization of the Olympia oyster spawning data from this spring. Each chart represents a population, and within the charts data is color coded by treatment.

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Remaining SRM Timeline

How many samples can I run?

@ 8:30am on Monday 7/24 I got my samples started again. I need to figure out how many more samples I can run within the given timeline. Here are the considerations:

  • Running samples in batches of (5 samples) + (1 QC) + (1 blank) = 500 minutes total, so that’s 100 minutes / sample.
  • We have until 10am on Friday 7/28
  • Need 40 hrs for the dilution curve run
  • So, need to be done with my samples by Wednesday 7/26 @ 6:00pm
  • Time between this morning @ 8:30am when I re-started my samples & 7/26 @ 6pm = 57.5 hrs = 3450 minutes / 100 minutes/sample = 34.5 samples.
  • I have 25 samples left to run, plus 2 blanks (Gblank & OBlank) which I could run twice.
  • Should be done with my samples on Wednesday @ 5:30am, this includes 1 run of each blank.

Thoughts on whether or not to re-make samples

Up to this point I have 20 samples where a handful of peptides don’t show up from both PRTC and my samples. In PRTC there are 4/9 poor quality peptides, and in my samples 3/39 poor quality transitions. In an ideal world I would remake these ~20 samples, run the new batch twice while being careful with freeze/thaw and time out of the freezer. However, I don’t have time for 2 runs of remade samples. I could remake, then do 1 run of each in the hopes of capturing data on those 3 transitions. However, I think it’s best to have replicates of the 36 good quality transitions in my samples. Also, the 3 poor quality transitions were not in the sample proteins, so I can likely draw conclusions about protein quantification from the other 2 transitions. The differing rates of peptide degradation between samples does make me a little concerned; I’m wondering how folks take this into consideration.

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Mass spec hiccup?

SPOILER ALERT The thought is that some of the peptides (in both PRTC and my samples) degrade quickly, and this is what’s causing the loss of signal. I loaded my samples in batches of 25, so samples sat out up to ~2.5 days prior to being injected. I’ll need to consider “time out of freezer” as a factor when analyzing my results. This is obvious in the dilution curve data, where PRTC total area shows an obvious decrease over time.

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Manchester 7/8

Moved >450um seed to upwellers; combined 180um setters; standard maintenance water change, etc.

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Manchester 7/3

Screening day, preserved growth exp. larvae, changed growth exp water, collected new, cleaned downwellers.

Just me and Grace today, but all was very manageable.

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Manchester, 7/1

Counted algae on broodstock manifolds, cleaned setters, SN exp. water change, new larvae, imaged growth exp.

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Manchester 6/28 & 6/29

6/28 Low impact day

  • No new larvae, but NF6 Low A was “spawny”
  • Water change on growth exp image
  • Swapped in clean banjos
  • Imaged plates #1-4 from 6/26

6/29 - high impact day- screened larvae & collected new; sampled growth exp; water change, rinsed downwellers

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Mancester 6/26

Screened today, imaged 6/22 growth exp. & screened larvae; cleaned broodstock, yada yada yada…

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Manchester, 6/24

Began new larval culling protcol; prepped growth exp larvae for imaging; collected new larvae; water change on growth exp.

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Manchester, 6/12

Screening day- Arrived at 8:30am, geared up to screen through the larvae. Grace worked the screening table, Olivia managed the buckets and whatnot, I counted and re-stocked larvae, and Katie took video and images. Finished at ~2:00pm. Things went very smoothly and we got a good routine down. Here are snap-shots of the data:

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Manchester 6-8

Tasks for the day:

  • Upwelling tank:
    • Got water flowing in the upwelling tank outside, cleaned and installed connections, collected and tested hanging silos.
    • Installed immersion heater and monitored over the day
  • Cleaned setting tanks
    • Inspected larvae/culch in a silo by screening through 450 onto 100; viewed under microscope for setters. Did not see any, but larvae were still present.
    • Did not screen/inspect all silos; instead, cleaned all silos, drained and cleaned setting tanks, replaced drippers & air stones.
    • Installed outflow tubing for clean drainage.
  • Build freshwater adapter for manifolds. Need to run freshwater through system ASAP.
  • Collected new larvae:
    • HL-6 Low
    • K-6 Low
    • K-10 Ambient
  • Cleaned all K & HL broodstock fully, here’s the configuration before cleaning:

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Manchester 6/5

Big Screening Day. Had help from Grace, Steven, and Yaamini. Screened all larval buckets through 224 & 180um, and caught the rest on 100um. Larvae that held on 224um screen were moved to the downwelling setting tanks with microcultch at 224um. The SN & NF groups were split into two buckets, 180um and 100um (aka 180um < x <224um, and 100um < X < 180um). I did not split the HL & K groups (limited on materials and space).

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May 18th 2017

Arrived @ 9:30am

  • lab meeting
    • can steal 2 HOBOs from gigas, leave 1
    • Brent suggested that it will take ~24 hrs of dual-bucket system to successfully collect only live larvae. This is a good idea, however I don’t expect there to be sufficient room - but maybe, if larval collections are staggered… ?
    • NEED TO: purchase more 5-gal buckets!
  • Imaged larvae collected on 5/17, and also imaged larvae collected and saved over past week.
    • Images include triplicate samples from each collection/group (see larval collection data sheet): 1x, 2x, 3x of each on Nikon SMZ645
    • Will save to GoogleDrive, then to GitHub
  • Checked catchment buckets
    • SN-10 amb B: little bit
    • NF-10 amb B: teensy amount
    • SN-10 low B: a bit
    • SN-6 amb B: little bit
    • K-10 low: some!
    • HL-10 low: maybe, probably just spermy though
    • All except HL-10 have spawned within the past 4 days, and since there is no significant amount of larvae here I will not keep them- I have a suspicion that these are from the same fertilization event, and they are trickling out of the female. Will collect for real tomorrow…
  • Stole 2 HOBOs from gigas (left 1 there); downloaded the data from the HOBOs and emailed to Yaamini, then reprogrammed and launched to record T every 15 minutes, installed in broodstock buckets.
  • Counted larvae collected on 5/17 & imaged larvae for size analysis later
  • PSRF has agreed to collect/sample my larvae tomorrow (Friday, 5/19) while I’m on campus. I pre-labeled larval rearing buckets, got water flowing, and left instructions with Jade & Alice.
  • Met with Alice to get a summary of her larval husbandry practices. PSRF hasn’t updated theirs in a couple years, and there are many lessons learned. See write-up in my GitHub (I will update as needed).
  • Screened and counted larvae, imaged. Larvae went down drain today.
  • Temperature is holding around 17.5
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May 17th 2017

It’s been 14 full days since we moved broodstock to their separate “chambers.” From the literature, oysters release larvae on average 10-12 days after fertilization. Today I will clean all broodstock, larval catchment buckets, after which I will plan to collect larvae to save/rear.

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Finding proteins of interest

With demultiplexed files in Skyline I can export my results to .csv file for analysis. While I do still need to create a Retention Time Calculator and apply to data in Skyline, I’m taking an initial stab at finding differentially expressed proteins.

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Avtech online!

Thanks to Steven & Doug for getting the Avtech probes online so we can 1) keep an eye on temp and pH remotely, and 2) download data!

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Oly's get new digs

For the past few weeks Olys were all housed in a 100L tank connected to a heater/chiller, which we used to increase the temp to promote gametogenesis. The goal was 1 degC per day up to 18degC, but we weren’t able to maintain that high temp due to a weak heater, and trying to keep temp high by reducing the flow rate caused the pH to drop, so that didn’t work. I’ll download HOBO temp data, but the Oly’s were kept around 14degC from 4/11 -> 5/2. This is what the setup looked like:

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Check out those peaks!

I’m currently importing my demultiplexed Lumos files into Skyline for the Geoduck DNR outplant study, using a .blib file that Emma generated via Pecan with all files, and the Geoduck gonad transcriptome as the database (database also has PRTC protein). Here are some screen shots of the peaks during import!

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Using Skyline

Emma ran Pecan with my geoduck samples and produced a .blib file; the next step is to run the .blib and my sample files through Skyline.

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preparing histology samples

I prepped the histology samples taken on 4/8 and 4/13 to be sent off for slide preparation. My samples are Ostrea lurida whole visceral mass, with the goal of analyzing gonad maturation, and Yaamini’s samples are exclusively Crassostrea gigas gonad. I sampled NF, SN & HL populations on 4/8 and K populations on 4/13. Megan, Grace, Kaitlin, and Rhonda helped me by sampling the NF, SN & HL groups, and I did the K groups myself.

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Pubathon - 14 Day Goals

I’m in the midst of my first Pub-a-thon, a Roberts Lab competition. Thus far I’ve drafted methods & some background/intro language that I’ve pulled from my Oly proposal. Things have stagnated recently; it’s time to get serious. Here are the 14-day goals:

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Re-Arranging Oly's for Conditioning

The next stage of the experiment is to condition my Olys in preparation for spawning. To do so, I need to get them on a system where I could gradually (1degC/day) raise the temperature of their tank from ambient (~10degC) to 18degC. Worked with Ryan Crim to figure out how best to do this:

  • Condensed all Olys into one 100L tank.
  • Sourced water from the ambient line that is not connected to the OA system; this line is filtered down to 5um (upon entering the hatchery). Set flow rate to 1.5 L/min.
  • Set the algae dosing pump to 45 (this is the large pump that is installed on the wall). The water line is shared by Yaamini’s oysters and some spare oysters. All told, the flow rate on the line is ~6 L/min:
  • Connected tank to a pump that recirculated water through the Teco TANK TK-500 1/6 HP Aquarium Chiller (also heats!).
  • Set heater to 11degC (51.8degF). Instructed PSRF to increase temp to 12degC tomorrow.
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Day 50 Activities

Good news. We’ve actively used the OA system for 50 days with no major catastrophes. Celebrated by spending the day water sampling and cleaning oyster poop; here’s the summary:

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Experimental Pecan Run using Gigas genome

I restarted Pecan using 1 of my geoduck .mzML files, and the full digested c. gigas proteome.

It was simple to start, and notice that I was successfully able to use the --backgroundProteome input! The concern is, as always, whether Emu has enough memory to complete all 80 isolation scheme windows for this one file. Here’s a summary:

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Day 28 Activities

Full day at the hatchery working solo; lots accomplished! No major surprises, except for one Pacific oyster mortality in the same tank as last week; it looked like the same oyster that appeared sickly, so while I’m not surprised, 2 morts in one tank is concerning. We will start draining/vortexing weekly, rather than bi-weekly.

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Chopping Pecan into little pieces

2/22-3/10: Pecan ran for nearly 3 weeks, and although it appeared to have been functioning correctly Sean discovered that there was a problem: not enough memory to save all the feature files (there should be 80 per sample; 1 per isolation window). It would simply move on to the next sample, and thus I wasn’t getting all the peptides analyzed. Check out Sean’s notebook entry for more details.

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Checking in on Pecan

Pecan has been running since February 22nd. That’s almost 2 weeks! After several days of trying to log on to Emu to check in on the progress, I finally was able to get some information and view logs:

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3 weeks of acid

It’s been 21 days since the oysters started their OA treatments, and we spent the afternoon doing the standard weekly maintenance. Things are going smoothly! So far no major catastrophes, and water conditions are holding relatively steady.

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Tank Swap! (etc.)

It’s been 2 week’s since the OA experiment started, so today was an intensive cleaning and re-organizing day. But first, Yaamini and I spent the morning at the monthly hatchery meeting, and learning about how Olympia oysters swim around in OA from Western Washigton crew (Shawn Arellano and her students). Then…

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OA Exp. Day 12

We check on our oysters every Monday and Wednesday. Mondays are minimum effort days, where we clean filters, collect water chemistry samples and measurements, clean algae lines with bleach, and make sure everything is flowing and pH/T are stable. Yaamini and I are dividing duties, so I’ll post links to her notebook when she goes out and I don’t.

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OA Prep, devil's in the details

Spent the day @ Manchester making the final (hopefully) touches to OA system. Also sampled the F2 population (Katherine’s). Here’s a breakdown:

Header Tanks:

  • Header 2, which was supposed to be ambient, was consistently reading ~7.5. This is too low, since ambient in other tanks have been reading 7.78. I disconnected the CO2 tube from the manchurian injector, and capped it. I drained the tank 1/2 way, and refilled. pH levelled off to 7.78 by the end of the day in the header (H2).
  • After watching the pH in Header 1 since Wednesday, and seeing pH drop to low 6, it was obvious that adjustments were needed to the CO2 injections system. Here’s what I did:
    • Drained Header 1 to 1/3 the volume, and refilled
    • Lowered pressure in main CO2 line to ~15psi
    • Increased the injection frequency from 120 to 180 seconds
    • Decreased the injection duration from 0.8 to 0.4 seconds
    • Changed set point to 7.38 <-> 7.42; since Ambient is ~7.8, I want a larger difference between treatments
    • Note: I noticed water had collected again in H1’s CO2 line. I drained it again; perhaps we need a better sealant on the CO2 connection.
  • It’s been ~18hrs since making htese adjustments and pH seems to be hovering around 7.4! Will continue to monitor.
  • Reminders:
    • Header 1 is connected to Relay 2 for CO2 injection
    • Yellow Durafet outputs to the left Honeywell screen, top, as “input pv 1”
    • PInk Durafet outputs to the left Honeywell screen, bottom, as “input pv 2”
    • Green Durafet ouputs to the right Honeywell screen, bottom, as “input pv 2”

Culture Tanks:

  • Drained all tanks, cleaned with Vortex.
  • One tank has outflow drain @ bottom; capped that.
    • Note: late in the day I saw 2 nicely insulated tanks from last year’s experiment stored in the Warehouse. Let’s use these next time we clean tanks * Labeled tanks: #1-3 = low pH #4-6 = ambient
  • Labeled and installed HOBO temperature loggers - one logger per tank.
  • Set flow rate on all tanks to 1 Liter/minute. Did not mark valves to replicate this at each cleaning - will do so next time.
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Getting reaquainted with the OA system

Oysters are set to go into pH treatments (ambient, 7.5) on Wedneday 2/8, so on Sunday I went to Manchester to get the OA system running, so we could test the CO2 injectors and Durafets.

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Lumos in action!

Check it out! This is a screen shot of the Lumos mass spec collecting data on my geoduck samples’ peptide contents. The most important track to monitor is the top track, which is the System Pressure (psi). The long plateus correspond to the samples’ peptides being run, short plateus (I believe) correspond to cleaning between samples.

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Firing up the Mass Spec

Met Emma at the UWPR in South Lake Union; she brought our samples & the acetonitrile that we used for our samples.
We transferred our samples into labeled autosampler vials. NOTE: next time we need to bring empty autosampler vials for our blanks!!!

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November 2016 Goals

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