Miniprep/GET buffer

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Cheap non-kit plasmid miniprep:

  1. Pipet 2 ml of overnight culture into a 2 ml centrifuge tube.
  2. Centrifuge for 1 minute at maximum speed and discard the supernatant.
  3. Add 100ul of refrigerated GET buffer to the pellet and vortex to resuspend.
  4. Add 2mg of SDS to 200ul of of room temperature 12mM NaOH and vortex to mix.
  5. Apply the prepared alkaline SDS solution to the cell suspension and invert to mix. DO NOT VORTEX!!!
  The solution should become clear.  
  1. Add 150ul of refrigerated potassium acetate solution, mix by inverting gently. DO NOT VORTEX!!!
  The solution should form a precipitate.  
  1. Centrifuge for 10 minutes at maximum speed.
  2. Carefully pipet 400ul of the clean supernatant into a new tube. DO NOT PICK UP ANY PRECIPITATE!!!
  3. ADD 900ul of 100% (95% is ok too) EtOH to precipitate the plasmid DNA.
  4. Place the tubes in the -80 freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Centrifuge the precipitated plasmid DNA 10 minutes at maximum speed and discard supernatant.
  6. Carefully add 1ml 70% EtOH to the pellet and let sit for 3 minutes.
  7. Centrifuge at maximum speed for 3 minutes. Make sure the pellet is toward the outside.
  8. Discard the supernatant and air dry the pellet for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Once the pellet is COMPLETELY DRY resuspend the plasmid DNA in 20 ul of TE or distilled water. The DNA will contain RNA contamination, which can be removed by resuspending in TE with RNAse.


GET buffer: 50 mM glucose (MW 180), 10mM EDTA, 25 mM Tris-HCl pH 8

Alkaline SDS: 0.2 N NaOH, 1% SDS

Potassium acetate: 3 M potassium acetate, 1.8 M acetic acid, no pH adjustment

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