DNA Precipitation

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Overview

The goal of this protocol is to precipitate DNA, as the name says. This is usually coupled with phenol chloroform extraction and is used as a way of purifying nucleic acids. This can also be used as a method for changing what solution or buffer your nucleic acid is in.

This protocol also works for RNA precipitation (take care to us RNAse free materials in this case).

Materials

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  • 3M NaOAc pH 5.2
  • EtOH 95%
  • Glycogen (optional)

Procedure

  1. 1/10 volume NaOAc.
  2. 1ul Glycogen.
  3. 2 volumes EtOH.
  4. -20°C overnight or 30min -80°C.
  5. Centrifuge >12k G for at least 15 mins.
  6. Remove supernatant
  7. Resuspend in desired volume of water/buffer

Notes

-20°C for an hour is fine for using larger (1mL of bacterial culture, plasmid) amounts of DNA

The DNA pellet will not always be visible depending on how much DNA you are precipitating. So always take care in loading your samples in the centrifuge to remember the direction they are facing. The DNA pellet will be on the part of the tube facing the outside of the centrifuge.

References

Relevant papers and books

  1. Goldbeter A and Koshland DE Jr. . pmid:6947258. PubMed HubMed [Goldbeter-PNAS-1981]
  2. JACOB F and MONOD J. . pmid:13718526. PubMed HubMed [Jacob-JMB-1961]
  3. Mark Ptashne. A genetic switch. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004. isbn:0879697164. [Ptashne-Genetic-Switch]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

Contact

  • Who has experience with this protocol?

or instead, discuss this protocol.


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