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Method: Restriction Digests of YACs in Agarose Plugs

May 26, 1990

Jim Howe


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Special Reagants:


Day 1

  1. Transfer YAC plugs which have been stored in 50 mM EDTA to a 6 well tissue culture plate. Add 3-5 ml of TE (pH 7.6) to the wells containing YAC plugs and incubate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Transfer plugs to an equal volume of fresh TE and continue to incubate for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut plugs into rectangular pieces 1/8-1/4 the size of the whole plug (size that will fill a well on the CHEF DR apparatus), and transfer to eppendorf tubes. Add 250 l of 1X restriction buffer, then incubate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Aspirate buffer, and replace with fresh 1X buffer for an additional 30 minutes at room temperature. Aspirate buffer, then replace with 1X buffer containing 100 g/ml BSA. Add 30-50 units of the appropriate restriction enzyme, then incubate overnight.

Day 2

  1. Aspirate liquid. Add 250 l of 0.5X TBE and incubate at room temperature with gentle shaking for 1 hour. Place plugs in the wells of a prepared CHEF gel, and seal with 1% low-melt agarose. Run CHEF gel under conditions ideal for the separation of the expected size fragments for these enzymes.


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Sambrook, J., Fritsch, E.F., and T. Maniatis.(1989) Molecular Cloning, A Laboratory Manual. Second edition. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, p.6.57.