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#1 BSM

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:09 PM

Hey everyone,

I am planning on performing some maxipreps using Qiagens EndoFree kit and I had a few questions. The current rotor for our high performance centrifuge fits the 50ml round bottom oakridge tubes. I currently have some new 50ml polycarbonate and polyproplyene tubes that I will use for my plasmid isolation. The manufactures insist that the fill volume must be at 80% capacity (33.6ml) in order to insure proper performance.

A couple of steps in the maxiprep protocol have you spin in a total volume of 25ml and 5ml(precipitation step) at 15,000 x g. This is well under the 80% capacity. Have any of you ever encountered this problem and what did you do to fix it?

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Edited by BSM, 23 August 2011 - 05:09 PM.


#2 leelee

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:18 PM

Are you sure its not 80% or less? That's what I always thought......

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:34 PM

No it says 80% for proper centrifugation.

Since I plan on performing transfections + mouse microinjections in the future there is also a centrifuge here that can spin 50ml sterile conical vials, but it max RPM is 5300 (avg. g = 4894 and max g=6871). I guess this may work even though the avg g is not quite 5000 which is what the protocol calls for.

Edited by BSM, 23 August 2011 - 08:05 PM.


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:06 AM

It's true that some tubes need to be filled at 80%, unless they will collapse in the centrifuge.

You need to find other tubes, or to dilute your samples.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 08:09 AM

It's true that some tubes need to be filled at 80%, unless they will collapse in the centrifuge.

You need to find other tubes, or to dilute your samples.



So a 5ml ethanol wash step could be replaced with 20-30ml ethanol without problems?

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 05:24 PM

Given that the DNA pellet is rather small, I prefer to do the 70% ethanol wash in a 1.5ml microcentrifuge tube.

Thus, after the isopropanol precipitation, I wash off the DNA pellet with 1ml 70% ethanol and move the pellet into a microcentrifuge tube. Spin at maximum rpm (14 000rpm) for 10mins. Remove the 70% ethanol and repeat the wash again with 70% ethanol.

It is a lot easier to see the pellet in a microcentrifuge tube compared to a 50ml tube.
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Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:07 AM

Yes, you can without problem wash your samples with 5ml of ethanol instead of 20-30 ml because your samples will not dissolve in ethanol.




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