Oneill Lab:Competent Cells

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Michael J. O'Neill Lab University of Connecticut Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

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Scott-Simanis Protocol

For making chemically competent E. coli

Materials

  • ψb
  • ψa plates
    • ψa is made by adding agar to ψb liquid media to a concentration of 1.5% (w/v) and autoclaving
  • TFBI
  • TFBII

Procedure

  1. Streak frozen stock of cells on ψa plate
  2. Incubate overnight at 37°C
  3. Pick a single colony and inoculate 5ml of ψb
  4. Incubate at 37°C overnight
  5. Subculture 5ml into 100ml of ψb
  6. Grow for about 2 hours, until OD600 = 0.5
  7. Chill cells on ice for 5 minutes
  8. Pellet cells at 4000 rpm for 5 minutes at 4°C
  9. Decant media and resuspend cells in 2/5 volume of TFBI
  10. Chill cells on ice for 5 minutes
  11. Pellet cells at 4000 rpm for 5 minutes at 4°C
  12. Decant media and resuspend cells in 1/25 volume of TFBII
  13. Aliquot cells and snap freeze
    • Store at -80°C

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