Making competent cell from freeze-thawed stock
Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:21 PM
This is my last stock of these E-coli cells... I was wondering if i can salvage them
Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:30 PM
You'll be fine -- we routinely start a new plate from one of the final tubes in our stock of competent E. coli and use it to prepare a new batch. We use the RbCl2 method rather than the CaCl2 method -- does your method incorporate glycerol as a cryoprotectant? You'll need to have something to protect the cells if you're going to freeze your new batch...
Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:35 PM
The thing is, my final stock was subjected to one freeze thaw cycle, so I was wondering if this would have a drastic effect on the competency of this strain...
I am using the protocol with the the CaCl2, and PIPES/glycerol buffer..So yes I do have a cryoprotectant for freezing it..
Tnx a lot!