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Colony PCR for clone screen - Colony PCR before sending sequence (Jan/18/2005 )

Hi, is there anybody using Colony PCR to check your plasmid before sending sequence. is it necessary? thank you.


not sure i understand your question...
before sending for sequencing it is usually advisable to check if your plasmid has the right-sized insert in it, and this can be done either by extracting the plasmid and cutting out the insert, or by PCR . Doing colony PCR is usually quickest and if you get a good unique band, then you can directly sequence the product without needing to extract plasmids at all.

in many cases it helps to dilute the colony in 50 - 100microliter ddw, and then take 1 microliter as template per reaction.


I am not understand what do you mean?
If you want to check sequence of your recombinant plasmid (contain new insert), you should do colony PCR first.


I have done it. It works well for a medium sized number of colonies to screen (say 5 to 20). For a lower number, I isolate plasmid and test via restriction analysis (hopefully, your insert contains at least one diagnostic restriction site) or nested primer analysis.
For over 20 colonies, I pick and patch, and screen via colony hybridization.
For colony PCR, you should be able to simply touch a sterile toothpick to your colony, and then dip it into your pcr solution. Always use a black as colony pcr is the only time I have ever had contamination.

-Great White Northern-


I routinely do PCR colony screening, to determine positive clones, number of inserts and direction of inserts, especially if problems with background re-ligation. As far as is it necessary if you only have a few colonies with a single insert than just mini-prep, if it is anything more complex than use do colony screen.

Hope this has helped.