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#1 JessGarcitocromooxidasa1

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 11:02 AM

Hi everyone
I'm student and i am comparanding two protocols of DNA extraction. One of them used ammonium acetate for protein precipitation and the other one sodium chloride. my question is what is better and why?


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 07:26 AM

As I recall, sodium chloride itself can co-precipitate with the DNA in the last ethanol –ppt  step, leaving you with “salty” DNA pellets. So my mentor of long ago recommended either sodium or ammonium acetate, which are less likely to co-precipitate. However I must admit to using commercial kits for most of the last years of my career.  What kind of DNA are you extracting (plasmid, genomic?) and from what organism? ( Gram neg. or gram pos. bacteria, mammalian cells, tissues, plants?)  What’s the lysis protocol?  At what step are you adding the salt?  All these thing might matter to the answer.







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