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Maintainence of transformed cells - (Mar/14/2013 )

Hi everybody,

I am new at clonning but I have obtain (not without a lot of problems ;P) transformed cells with my insert of interest. Right now I have this clones in an agar plate and now I want to prepare cultures with grlycerol and freeze them. If this LB plates are a little old is it possible that the cells have lose the vector?

The other question is if it is better to prepare a new plate with isolated colonies and freeze a unique clon or I can pick a group of colonies of my master plate and grow in liquid LB to freeze.

Thanks you very much in advance for your help


How old is a little old and how was it stored. You could run into the risk of contamination, but hopefully your drug resistance will cure that. Just try a quick isolation, miniprep the sample and reconfirm with digestion. If it is still there, you can use your previous inoculated media and re-grow it. good luck


Thanks for your useful and really quick answer!


Sorry for an obvious question but...your LB plates have antibiotic, right? If not, your vector is gone. I also wouldn't mix multiple colonies from a transformation. You're better off to pick a single colony, grow w/antibiotics, and freeze that down with glycerol. Better be safe then sorry when it comes to cloning!


Yes, my plates have antibiotic. I know my vector is there by colony PCR. I pick a single colony to prepare a master plate from the colony PCR and now I want to save the positive clones and I don't know if it is better to prepare a new plate and pick a single colony or I can prepare the stock with the master plate. I think I will pick a single colony.


The ideal technique is to re-pick the clones and streak out on a fresh plate, then pick a single colony from that plate and use that to grow up and make a glycerol stock.