Submitted by: sdemir   Date: 2009-11-04 14:37
General methods

A. Phenol extraction of DNA samples
Phenol extraction is a common technique used to purify a DNA sample (1). Typically, an equal volume of TE-saturated phenol is added to an aqueous DNA sample in a microcentrifuge tube. The mixture is vigorously vortexed, and then centrifuged to enact phase separation. The upper, aqueous layer carefully is removed to a new tube, avoiding the phenol interface and then is subjected to two ether extractions to remove residual phenol. An equal volume of water-saturated ether is added to the tube, the mixture is vortexed, and the tube is centrifuged to allow phase separation. The upper, ether layer is removed and discarded, including phenol droplets at the interface. After this extraction is repeated, the DNA is concentrated by ethanol precipitation.


1. Add an equal volume of TE-saturated phenol to the DNA sample contained in a 1.5 ml microcentrifuge tube and vortex for 15-30 seconds.

2. Centrifuge the sample for 5 minutes at room temperature to separate the phases.

3. Remove about 90% of the upper, aqueous layer to a clean tube, carefully avoiding proteins at the aqueous:phenol interface. At this stage the aqueous phase can be extracted a second time with an equal volume of 1:1 TE-saturated phenol:chloroform, centrifuged and removed to a clean tube as above but this additional extraction usually is not necessary if care is taken during the first phenol extraction.

4. Add an equal volume of water-saturated ether, vortex briefly, and centrifuge for 3 minutes at room temperature. Remove and discard the upper, ether layer, taking care to remove phenol droplets at the ether:aqueous interface. Repeat the ether extraction.

5. Ethanol precipitate the DNA by adding 2.5-3 volumes of ethanol-acetate, as discussed below.

B. Concentration of DNA by ethanol precipitation
Typically, 2.5 - 3 volumes of an ethanol/acetate solution is added to the DNA sample in a microcentrifuge tube, which is placed in an ice-water bath for at least 10 minutes. Frequently, this precipitation is performed by incubation at -20C overnight (1). To recover the precipitated DNA, the tube is centrifuged, the supernatant discarded, and the DNA pellet is rinsed with a more dilute ethanol solution. After a second centrifugation, the supernatant again is discarded, and the DNA pellet is dried in a Speedy-Vac.


1. Add 2.5-3 volumes of 95% ethanol/0.12 M sodium acetate to the DNA sample contained in a 1.5 ml microcentrifuge tube, invert to mix, and incubate in an ice-water bath for at least 10 minutes. It is possible to place the sample at -20degC overnight at this stage.

2. Centrifuge at 12,000 rpm in a microcentrifuge (Fisher) for 15 minutes at 4 degC, decant the supernatant, and drain inverted on a paper towel.

3. Add 80% ethanol (corresponding to about two volume of the original sample), incubate at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and centrifuge again for 5 minutes, and decant and drain the tube, as above.

4. Place the tube in a Savant Speed-Vac and dry the DNA pellet for about 5-10 minutes, or until dry.

5. Always dissolve dried DNA in 10 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.6-8.0, 0.1 mM EDTA (termed 10:0.1 TE buffer).

6. It is advisable to aliquot the DNA purified in large scale isolations (i.e. 100 ug or more) into several small (0.5 ml) microcentrifuge tubes for frozen storage because repeated freezing and thawing is not advisable.

Notes on precipitation of nucleic acids

A. General rules

Most nucleic acids may be precipitated by addition of monovalent cations and two to three volumes of cold 95% ethanol, followed by incubation at 0 to -70 degC. The DNA or RNA then may be pelleted by centrifugation at 10 to 13,000 x g. for 15 minutes at 4degC. A subsequent wash with 70% ethanol, followed by brief centrifugation, removes residual salt and moisture.

The general procedure for precipitating DNA and RNA is:

1. Add one-tenth volume of 3M NaOAc, pH 5.2* to the nucleic acid solution to be precipitated,

2. Add two volumes of cold 95% ethanol,

3. Place at -70degC for at least 30 minutes, or at -20degC overnight.

or alternatively

1. Combine 95 ml of 100% ethanol with 4 ml of 3 M NaOAc (pH 4.8) and 1ml of sterile water. Mix by inversion and store at -20degC.

2. Add 2.5 volumes of cold ethanol/acetate solution to the nucleic acid solution to be precipitated.

3. Place at at -70degC for at least 30 minutes or -20degC for two hours to overnight.

* 5M NH4OAc, pH 7.4, NaCl and LiCl may be used as alternatives to NaOAc. DNA also may be precipitated by addition of 0.6 volumes of isopropanol.

B. Oligonucleotides

Add one-tenth volume of 3M NaOAc, pH 6.5, and three volumes of cold 95% ethanol.

Place at -70degC for at least one hour.


Add one-tenth volume of 1M NaOAc, pH 4.5, and 2.5 volumes of cold 95% ethanol.

Precipitate large volumes at -20degC overnight.

Small volume samples may be precipitated by placing in powdered dry ice or dry ice-ethanol bath for five to 10 minutes.

D. Isobutanol concentration of DNA

DNA samples may be concentrated by extraction with isobutanol. Add slightly more than one volume of isobutanol, vortex vigorously and centrifuge to separate the phases. Discard the isobutanol (upper) phase, and extract once with water-saturated diethyl ether to remove residual isobutanol. The nucleic acid then may be ethanol precipitated as described above.

E. Notes on phenol extraction of nucleic acids

The standard and preferred way to remove proteins from nucleic acid solutions is by extraction with neutralized phenol or phenol/chloroform. Generally, samples are extracted by addition of one-half volume of neutralized (with TE buffer, pH 7.5) phenol to the sample, followed by vigorous mixing for a few seconds to form an emulsion. Following centrifugation for a few minutes, the aqueous (top) phase containing the nucleic acid is recovered and transferred to a clean tube. Residual phenol then is removed by extraction with an equal volume of water-saturated diethyl ether. Following centrifugation to separate the phases, the ether (upper) phase is discarded and the nucleic acid is ethanol precipitated as described above.

A 1:1 mixture of phenol and chloroform also is useful for the removal of protein from nucleic acid samples. Following extraction with phenol/chloroform, the sample should be extracted once with an equal volume of chloroform, and ethanol precipitated as described above.

C. Restriction digestion
Restriction enzyme digestions are performed by incubating double-stranded DNA molecules with an appropriate amount of restriction enzyme, in its respective buffer as recommended by the supplier, and at the optimal temperature for that specific enzyme. The optimal sodium chloride concentration in the reaction varies for different enzymes, and a set of three standard buffers containing three concentrations of sodium chloride are prepared and used when necessary. Typical digestions included a unit of enzyme per microgram of starting DNA, and one enzyme unit usually (depending on the supplier) is defined as the amount of enzyme needed to completely digest one microgram of double-stranded DNA in one hour at the appropriate temperature. These reactions usually are incubated for 1-3 hours, to insure complete digestion, at the optimal temperature for enzyme activity, typically 37degC. See the Appendix for a listing of restriction sites present in the M13 (pUC) MCS and a listing of various restriction enzymes, incubation conditions and cut sites.


1. Prepare the reaction for restriction digestion by adding the following reagents in the order listed to a microcentrifuge tube:

sterile ddH20 q.s (where "q.s." means quantity sufficient)
10X assay buffer one-tenth volume
DNA x ul
restriction enzyme* y ul (1-10 units per ug DNA)
Total volume z ul

*If desired, more than one enzyme can be included in the digest if both enzymes are active in the same buffer and the same incubation temperature.

Note: The volume of the reaction depends on the amount and size of the DNA being digested. Larger DNAs should be digested in larger total volumes (between 50-100 ul), as should greater amounts of DNA.

Refer to the vendor's catalog for the chart of enzyme activity in a range of salt concentrations to choose the appropriate assay buffer (10X High, 10X Medium, or 10X Low Salt Buffers, or 10X SmaI Buffer for SmaI digestions). Restriction enzymes are purchased from Bethesda Research Laboratories, New England Biolabs, or United States Biochemicals.

2. Gently mix by pipetting and incubate the reaction at the appropriate temperature (typically 37degC) for 1-3 hours.

3. Inactivate the enzyme(s) by heating at 70-100degC for 10 minutes or by phenol extraction (see the vendor's catalog to determine the degree of heat inactivation for a given enzyme). Prior to use in further protocols such as dephosphorylation or ligation, an aliquot of the digestion should be assayed by agarose gel electrophoresis versus non-digested DNA and a size marker, if necessary.

D. Agarose gel electrophoresis
Agarose gel electrophoresis (2) is employed to check the progression of a restriction enzyme digestion, to quickly determine the yield and purity of a DNA isolation or PCR reaction, and to size fractionate DNA molecules, which then could be eluted from the gel. Prior to gel casting, dried agarose is dissolved in buffer by heating and the warm gel solution then is poured into a mold (made by wrapping clear tape around and extending above the edges of an 18 cm X 18 cm glass plate), which is fitted with a well-forming comb. The percentage of agarose in the gel varied. Although 0.7% agarose gels typically are used, in cases where the accurate size fractionation of DNA molecules smaller than 1 kb is required, a 1, 1.5, or 2% agarose gel is prepared, depending on the expected size(s) of the fragment(s). Ethidium bromide is included in the gel matrix to enable fluorescent visualization of the DNA fragments under UV light. Agarose gels are submerged in electrophoresis buffer in a horizontal electrophoresis apparatus. The DNA samples are mixed with gel tracking dye and loaded into the sample wells. Electrophoresis usually is at 150 - 200 mA for 0.5-1 hour at room temperature, depending on the desired separation. When low-melting agarose is used for preparative agarose gels, electrophoresis is at 100-120 mA for 0.5-1 hour, again depending on the desired separation, and a fan is positioned such that the heat generated is rapidly dissipated. Size markers are co-electrophoresed with DNA samples, when appropriate for fragment size determination. Two size markers are used, phi-X 174 cleaved with restriction endonuclease HaeIII to identify fragments between 0.3-2 kb and lambda phage cleaved with restriction endonuclease HindIII to identify fragments between 2-23 kb. After electrophoresis, the gel is placed on a UV light box and a picture of the fluorescent ethidium bromide-stained DNA separation pattern is taken with a Polaroid camera.


1. Prepare an agarose gel, according to recipes listed below, by combining the agarose (low gel temperature agarose may also be used) and water in a 500 ml Ehrlenmeyer flask, and heating in a microwave for 2-4 minutes until the agarose is dissolved.

0.7% 1.0% 2.0%
agarose 1.05 g 1.5 g 3.0 g
20X TAE 7.5 ml 7.5 ml 7.5 ml
ddH2O 142.5 ml 142.5 ml 142.5 ml
EtBr (5 mg/ml) 25 ul 25 ul 25 ul

total vol 150 ml 150 ml 150 ml

Genetic technology grade (800669) or low gel temperature (800259) agarose from Schwarz/Mann Biotech.

2. Add 20X TAE and ethidium bromide (EtBr), swirl to mix, and pour the gel onto a taped plate with casting combs in place. Allow 20-30 minutes for solidification.

3. Carefully remove the tape and the gel casting combs and place the gel in a horizontal electrophoresis apparatus. Add 1X TAE electrophoresis buffer to the reservoirs until the buffer just covers the agarose gel.

4. Add at least one-tenth volume of 10X agarose gel loading dye to each DNA sample, mix, and load into the wells. Electrophorese the gel at 150-200 mA until the required separation has been achieved, usually 0.5-1 hour (100-120 mA for low gel temperature agarose), and cool the gel during electrophoresis with a fan. Visualize the DNA fragments on a long wave UV light box and photograph with a Polaroid camera.

E. Elution of DNA fragments from agarose
DNA fragments are eluted from low-melting temperature agarose gels using an unpublished procedure first developed by Dr. Roe. Here, the band of interest is excised with a sterile razor blade, placed in a microcentrifuge tube, frozen at -70degC, and then melted. Then, TE-saturated phenol is added to the melted gel slice, and the mixture again is frozen and then thawed. After this second thawing, the tube is centrifuged and the aqueous layer removed to a new tube. Residual phenol is removed with two ether extractions, and the DNA is concentrated by ethanol precipitation.


1. Place excised DNA-containing agarose gel slice in a 1.5 ml microcentrifuge tube and freeze at -70degC for at least 15 minutes, or until frozen. It is possible to pause at this stage in the elution procedure and leave the gel slice frozen at -70degC.

2. Melt the slice by incubating the tube at 65degC.

3. Add one-volume of TE-saturated phenol, vortex for 30 seconds, and freeze the sample at -70degC for 15 minutes.

4. Thaw the sample, and centrifuge in a microcentrifuge at 12,000 rpm for 5 minutes at room temperature to separate the phases. The aqueous phase then is removed to a clean tube, extracted twice with equal volume ether, ethanol precipitated, and the DNA pellet is rinsed and dried.

F. Kinase end-labeling of DNA
Typical 5'-kinase labeling reactions included the DNA to be labeled, [[gamma]]-32-P-rATP, T4 polynucleotide kinase, and buffer (3). After incubation at 37degC, reactions are heat inactivated by incubation at 80degC. Portions of the reactions are mixed with gel loading dye and loaded into a well of a polyacrylamide gel and electrophoresed. The gel percentage and electrophoresis conditions varied depending on the sizes of the DNA molecules of interest. After electrophoresis, the gel is dried and exposed to x-ray film, as discussed below for radiolabeled DNA sequencing.


1. Add the following reagents to a 0.5 ml microcentrifuge tube, in the order listed:

sterile ddH2O q.s
10X kinase buffer 1 ul
DNA x ul
[[gamma]]-[32-P]-rATP 10 uCi
T4 polynucleotide kinase 1 ul (3U/ul)
10 ul

[[gamma]]-[32-P]-rATP (35020) ICN and T4 polynucleotide kinase (70031) from United States Biochemicals.
2. Incubate at 37degC for 30-60 minutes.

3. Heat the reaction at 65degC for 10 minutes to inactivate the kinase.

G. Bacterial cell maintenance
Four strains of E. coli are used in these studies: JM101 for M13 infection and isolation (4), XL1BMRF' (Stratagene) for M13 or pUC-based DNA transformation (5), and ED8767 for cosmid DNA transformation (6-8). To maintain their respective F' episomes necessary for M13 viral infection (9), JM101 is streaked onto a M9 minimal media (modified from that given in reference (1) plate and XL1BMRF' is streaked onto an LB plate (1) containing tetracycline. ED8767 is streaked onto an LB plate. These plates are incubated at 37degC overnight. For each strain, 3 ml. of appropriate liquid media are inoculated with a smear of several colonies and incubated at 37degC for 8 hours, and those cultures then are transferred into 50 ml of respective liquid media and further incubated 12-16 hours. Glycerol is added to a final concentration of 20%, and the glycerol stock cultures are distributed in 1.3 ml aliquots and frozen at -70degC until use (1).


1. Streak a culture of the bacterial cell strain onto an agar plate of the respective medium, listed below, and incubate at 37degC overnight.

E. coli strain Agar Medium/Liquid Media
XL1BMRF' (Stratagene) LB-Tet
JM101 M9
ED8767 LB

2. Pick several colonies into a 12 X 75 mm Falcon tube containing a 2 ml aliquot of the respective liquid media, and incubate for 8-10 hours at 37degC with shaking at 250 rpm.
3. Transfer the 2 ml culture into an Ehrlenmeyer flask containing 50 ml of the respective liquid media and further incubate overnight (12-16 hours) at 37degC with shaking at 250 rpm.

4. Add 12.5 ml of sterile glycerol for a final concentration of 20%, and distribute the culture in 1.3 ml aliquots into 12 X 75 mm Falcon tubes.

5. Store glycerol cell stocks frozen at -70degC until use.

Notes on Restriction/Modification Bacterial Strains:

1. EcoK (alternate=EcoB)-hsdRMS genes=attack DNA not protected by adenine methylation. (ED8767 is EcoK methylation -). (10)

2. mcrA (modified cytosine restriction), mcrBC, and mrr=methylation requiring systems that attack DNA only when it IS methylated (Ed8767 is mrr+, so methylated adenines will be restricted. Clone can carry methylation activity.) (10)

3. In general, it is best to use a strain lacking Mcr and Mrr systems when cloning genomic DNA from an organism with methylcytosine such as mammals, higher plants , and many prokaryotes.(11)

4. The use of D(mrr-hsd-mcrB) hosts=general methylation tolerance and suitability for clones with N6 methyladenine as well as 5mC (as with bacterial DNAs). (12)

5. XL1-Blue MRF'=D(mcrA)182, D(mcrCB-hsdSMR-mrr)172,endA1, supE44, thi-1, recA, gyrA96, relA1, lac, l-, [F' proAB, lacIqZDM15, Tn10(tetr)].

Host Mutation Descriptions:

ara Inability to utilize arabinose.
deoR Regulatory gene that allows for constitutive synthesis for genes involved in
deoxyribose synthesis. Allows for the uptake of large plasmids.
endA DNA specific endonuclease I. Mutation shown to improve yield and quality of DNA
from plasmid minipreps.
F' F' episome, male E. coli host. Necessary for M13 infection.
galK Inability to utilize galactose.
galT Inability to utilize galactose.
gyrA Mutation in DNA gyrase. Confers resistance to nalidixic acid.
hfl High frequency of lysogeny. Mutation increases lambda lysogeny by inactivating specific
lacI Repressor protein of lac operon. LacIq is a mutant lacI that overproduces the
repressor protein.
lacY Lactose utilization; galactosidase permease (M protein).
lacZ b-D-galactosidase; lactose utilization. Cells with lacZ mutations produce white
colonies in the presence of X-gal; wild type produce blue colonies.
lacZdM15 A specific N-terminal deletion which permits the a-complementation segment present
on a phagemid or plasmid vector to make functional lacZ protein.
Dlon Deletion of the lon protease. Reduces degradation of b-galactosidase fusion proteins
to enhance antibody screening of l libraries.
malA Inability to utilize maltose.
proAB Mutants require proline for growth in minimal media.
recA Gene central to general recombination and DNA repair. Mutation eliminates general
recombination and renders bacteria sensitive to UV light.
rec BCD Exonuclease V. Mutation in recB or recC reduces general recombination to a hundredth
of its normal level and affects DNA repair.
relA Relaxed phenotype; permits RNA synthesis in the absence of protein synthesis.
rspL 30S ribosomal sub-unit protein S12. Mutation makes cells resistant to streptomycin.
Also written strA.
recJ Exonuclease involved in alternate recombination pathways of E. coli.
strA See rspL.
sbcBC Exonuclease I. Permits general recombination in recBC mutants.
supE Supressor of amber (UAG) mutations. Some phage require a mutation in this gene in order
to grow.
supF Supressor of amber (UAG) mutations. Some phage require a mutation in this gene in order
to grow.
thi-1 Mutants require vitamin B1(thiamine) for growth on minimal media.
traD36 mutation inactivates conjugal transfer of F' episome.
umuC Component of SOS repair pathway.
uvrC Component of UV excision pathway.
xylA Inability to utilize xylose.
dam DNA adenine methylase/ Mutation blocks methylation of Adenine residues in the recognition
sequence 5'-G*ATC-3' (*=methylated)
dcm DNA cytosine methylase/Mutation blocks methylation of cytosine residues in the recognition
sequences 5'-C*CAGG-3' or 5'-C*CTGG-3' (*=methylated)
hsdM E. coli methylase/ Mutation blocks sequence specific methylation AN6*ACNNNNNNGTGC or
GCN6*ACNNNNNNGTT (*=methylated). DNA isloated from a HsdM- strain will be restricted by a HsdR+
hsd R17 Restriction negative and modification positive.
(rK-, mK+) Allows cloning of DNA without cleavage by endogenous restriction endonucleases. DNA
prepared from hosts with this marker can efficiently transform rK+ E. coli hosts.
hsdS20 Restriction negative and modification negative.
(rB-, mB-) Allows cloning of DNA without cleavage by endogenous restriction endonucleases . DNA
prepared from hosts with this marker is unmethylated by the hsdS20 modificationsystem.
mcrA E. coli restriction system/ Mutation prevents McrA restriction of methylated DNA of
sequence 5'-C*CGG (*=methylated).
mcrCB E. coli restriction system/ Mutation prevents McrCB restriction of methylated DNA of
sequence 5'-G5*C, 5'-G5h*C, or 5'-GN4*C (*=methylated).
mrr E. coli restriction system/ Mutation prevents Mrr restriction of methylated DNA of sequence
5'-G*AC or 5'-C*AG (*=methylated). Mutation also prevents McrF restriction of methylated cytosine

Other Descriptions:

cmr Chloramphenicol resistance
kanr Kanamycin resistance
tetr Tetracycline resistance
strr Streptomycin resistance
D Indicates a deletion of genes following it.
Tn10 A transposon that normally codes for tetr
Tn5 A transposon that normally codes for kanr
spi- Refers to red-gam- mutant derivatives of lambda defined by their ability to form
plaques on E. coli P2 lysogens.
Commonly used bacterial strains

C600 - F-, e14, mcrA, thr-1 supE44, thi-1, leuB6, lacY1, tonA21, l-
-for plating lambda (gt10) libraries, grows well in L broth, 2x TY, plate on NZYDT+Mg.
-Huynh, Young, and Davis (1985) DNA Cloning, Vol. 1, 56-110.
DH1 - F-, recA1, endA1, gyrA96, thi-1, hsdR17 (rk-, mk+), supE44, relA1, l-
-for plasmid transformation, grows well on L broth and plates.
-Hanahan (1983) J. Mol. Biol. 166, 557-580.
XL1Blue-MRF' - D(mcrA)182, D(mcrCB-hsdSMR-mrr)172,endA1, supE44, thi-1, recA, gyrA96, relA1,
lac, l-, [F'proAB, lac IqZDM15, Tn10 (tetr)] -For plating or glycerol stocks, grow in LB
with 20 mg/ml of tetracycline. For transfection, grow in tryptone broth containing 10 mM
MgSO4 and 0.2% maltose. (No antibiotic--Mg++ interferes with tetracycline action.) For picking
plaques, grow glycerol stock in LB to an O.D. of 0.5 at 600 nm (2.5 hours?). When at 0.5, add
MgSO4 to a final concentration of 10 mM.
SURE Cells - Stratagene - e14(mcrA), D(mcrCB- hsdSMR-mrr)171, sbcC, recB, recJ, umuC::Tn5
(kanr), uvrC, supE44, lac, gyrA96, relA1, thi-1, end A1[F'proAB, lacIqDM15, Tn10(tetr)].
An uncharacterized mutation enhances the a - complementation to give a more intense blue color
on plates containing X-gal and IPTG.
GM272 - F-, hsdR544 (rk-, mk-), supE44, supF58, lacY1 or ÆlacIZY6, galK2, galT22, metB1m, trpR55,
-for plasmid transformation, grows well in 2x TY, TYE, L broth and plates.
-Hanahan (1983) J. Mol. Biol. 166, 557-580.
HB101 - F-, hsdS20 (rb-, mb-), supE44, ara14, galK2, lacY1, proA2, rpsL20 (strR), xyl-5, mtl-1,
l-, recA13, mcrA(+), mcrB(-)
-for plasmid transformation, grows well in 2x TY, TYE, L broth and plates.
-Raleigh and Wilson (1986) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 83, 9070-9074.
JM101 - supE, thi, Æ(lac-proAB), [F', traD36, proAB, lacIqZÆM15], restriction: (rk+, mk+), mcrA+
-for M13 transformation, grow on minimal medium to maintain F episome, grows well in 2x TY,
plate on TY or lambda agar.
-Yanisch-Perron et al. (1985) Gene 33, 103-119.
XL-1 blue recA1, endA1, gyrA96, thi, hsdR17 (rk+, mk+), supE44, relA1, l-, lac, [F', proAB,
lacIqZÆM15, Tn10 (tetR)]
-for M13 and plasmid transformation, grow in 2x TY + 10 µg/ml Tet, plate on TY agar + 10 µg/ml
Tet (Tet maintains F episome).
-Bullock, et al. (1987) BioTechniques 5, 376-379.
GM2929 - from B. Bachman, Yale E.coli Genetic Stock Center (CSGC#7080); M.Marinus strain; sex F-;
(ara-14, leuB6, fhuA13, lacY1, tsx-78, supE44, [glnV44], galK2, galT22, l-, mcrA, dcm-6, hisG4,[Oc],
rfbD1, rpsL136, dam-13::Tn9, xyl-5, mtl-1, recF143, thi-1, mcrB, hsdR2.)
MC1000 - (araD139, D[ara-leu]7679, galU, galK, D[lac]174, rpsL, thi-1). obtained from the McCarthy
lab at the University of Oklahoma.
ED8767 (F-,e14-[mcrA],supE44,supF58,hsdS3[rB-mB-], recA56, galK2,galT22,metB1, lac-3 or lac3Y1 -
obtained from Nora Heisterkamp and used as the host for abl and bcr cosmids.

H. Fragment purification on Sephacryl S-500 spin columns
DNA fragments larger than a few hundred base pairs can be separated from smaller fragments by chromatography on a size exclusion column such as Sephacryl S-500. To simplify this procedure, the following mini-spin column method has been developed.

1. Thoroughly mix a fresh, new bottle of Sephacryl S-500, distribute in 10 ml portions, and store in screw cap bottles or centrifuge tubes in the cold room.

2. Prior to use, briefly vortex the matrix and without allowing to settle, add 500 ul of this slurry to a mini-spin column (Millipore) which has been inserted into a 1.5 ml microcentrifuge tube.

3. Following centrifugation at 2K RPM in a table top centrifuge, carefully add 200 ul of 100 mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.0) to the top of the Sephacryl matrix and centrifuge for 2 min. at 2K RPM. Repeat this step twice more. Place the Sephacryl matrix-containing spin column in a new microcentrifuge tube.

4. Then, carefully add 40 ul of nebulized cosmid, plasmid or P1 DNA which has been end repaired to the Sephacryl matrix (saving 2 ul for later agarose gel analysis) and centrifuge at 2K RPM for 5 minutes. Remove the column, save the solution containing the eluted, large DNA fragments (fraction 1). Apply 40 ul of 1xTM buffer and recentrifuge for 2 minutes at 2K RPM to obtain fraction 2 and repeat this 1xTM rinse step twice more to obtain fractions 3 and 4.

5. To check the DNA fragment sizes, load 3-5 ul of each eluant fraction onto a 0.7% agarose gel that includes as controls, 1-2 ul of a PhiX174-HaeIII digest and 2 ul of unfractionated, nebulized DNA saved from step 4 above.

6. The fractions containing the nebulized DNA in the desired size ranges (typically fractions 1 and 2) are separately phenol extracted and concentrated by ethanol precipitation prior to the kinase reaction.


Bruce A. Roe, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019

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