QIAGEN Plasmid Maxi Prep
Things to do before starting
• Make sure RNase A solution has been added to Buffer P1.
• Check Buffer P2 for SDS precipitation
• Optional: Add LyseBlue reagent to Buffer P1; 1:1000 dilution; see notes below
Grow Bacterial culture
Inoculate 100mls (high copy number plasmids) to 500mls (low copy number plasmids-
see note for chloramphenicol) from glycerol stock from –80. DO NOT ALLOW
GLYCEROL STOCK TO THAW AT ALL!!!!!!! Use sterile pipet tip to scrap a chunk of
the glycerol stock for the culture. Be sure to include the appropriate antibiotic in your
media. Use 500ml sterile Erlenmeyer flask for culture volume of 100-250mls)
LB EZ Mix: SIGMA L-7658
Ampicillin: SIGMA A9518-25g; Make a 1000x stock in water at 50mg/ml; freeze at -20 in aliquots; use 1ul/ml of LB
Kanamycin: SIGMA K4000-5g ; Make a 1000x stock in water at 30mg/ml. Only make 1ml at a time.
Chloramphenicol: SIGMA C3175-100mg (water soluble); Make 200x stock in water at
34mg/ml (final 170ug/ml); add to culture after 4 hours of growth (See notes below for
reasons to use chloramphenicol) If not using water-soluble form, dilute in ethanol. Procedure
A) Bacterial culture, harvest, and lysis
1. Pellet 100 ml overnight LB culture at 6000 x g for 15 min at 4oC (5000
rpm in Beckman or Sorvall High Speed Centrifuge). Use 250ml Nalgene bottles. Save the dirty culture flask for Procedure C6 below.
2. Homogeneously resuspend the bacterial pellet in 10 ml Buffer P1.
3. Add 10 ml Buffer P2, mix thoroughly by vigorously inverting 4-6 times,
and incubate at room temperature for 5 min. Do not let sit longer than 5 minutes or degradation will occur!!!!!!!!!
4. Add 10 ml Buffer P3, mix thoroughly by vigorously inverting 4-6 times,
B) Bacterial lysate clearing
5. Centrifuge at ≥20,000 x g for 30 min at 4oC (15,000rpm in Beckman or
Sorvall high Speed centrifuge). Re-centrifuge the supernatant in a clean oakridge tube at ≥20,000 x g for 15 min at 4oC.
C) Bind, wash, and elute plasmid DNA and QIAGEN-tip
6. Equilbrate a QIAGEN-tip 500 by applying 10 ml Buffer QBT and allow
column to empty by gravity flow. (You can use the original culture flask to hold the column. Columns can be used more than once for the same plasmid if re-equilibrated.)
7. Apply the supernatant (step 5) to the QIAGEN-tip and allow it to enter the
8. Wipe out any excess debris from the column with a Kimwipe 9. Wash the QIAGEN-tip with 2 x 30 ml Buffer QC. Allow Buffer QC to
move through the QIAGEN-tip by gravity flow. Note: the tip holds 30mls so you do not need to measure the wash amount.-just fill the tip.
10. Elute DNA with 15 ml Buffer QF into clean 50 ml oakridge tube.
D) Precipitate, wash, and redissolve plasmid DNA
10. Precipitate DNA by adding 10.5 ml (0.7 volumes) room-temperature isopropanol to the eluted DNA and mix. Centrifuge at ≥ 15,000 x g (15,000rpm in Beckman or Sorvall High Speed) for 30 min at 4oC. Carefully decant supernatant. 11. Wash DNA pellet with 1 ml room-temperature 70% ethanol. Transfer to a
microfuge tube. Centrifuge for 10min at high speed in a microfuge. Carefully decant supernatant pipetting out an excess volume.
12. Air-dry pellet for 5-10 min and redissolve DNA in a suitable volume of
TE (long-term storage) or sterile ddH2O, typically 100ul.
13. After resuspended, quick spin 1 minute in microfuge to pellet anything
that did not solubilize. Transfer supernatant to a clean tube.
Many of the currently used plasmid vectors replicate to such high copy numbers
that they can be purified in large yield from cultures that have simply been grown to log phase in standard LB medium. In these cases, it is not necessary to amplify the DNA selectively. However, vectors of an earlier generation (eg, pBR322) which do not replicate so freely, need to be selectively amplified by incubating the partially grown bacterial culture in chloramphenicol for several hours. Chloramphenicol inhibits host protein synthesis and thus prevents replication of the bacterial chromosome. However, replication of relaxed plasmids continues and their copy number increases progressively for several hours.
In cases where plasmids grow poorly due to their large size or because of the
foreign sequences they carry, it may be worthwhile to use Super Broth or Terrific Broth.
Low yield may also be due to poor lysis. Adding the Lyse-Blue to the P1 buffer
will help you determine whether or not your Lysis was complete. Allowing the lysis reaction to go further than necessary will begin to denature the plasmid.
When adding Buffer P3, complete and thoroughly but gently mixed to ensure
complete precipitation of the SDS otherwise the remaining SDS will inhibit the binding of DNA to the column.
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