Introduction of Plasmid DNA into Cells

Christine E. Seidman1, Kevin Struhl1

1 Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Neuroscience
Unit Number:  Appendix 1L
DOI:  10.1002/0471142301.nsa01ls11
Online Posting Date:  May, 2001
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Abstract

This appendix presents a procedure for transformation using calcium chloride, and also an alternate procedure for one‐step preparation and transformation of competent cells.

     
 
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Table of Contents

  • Basic Protocol 1: Transformation Using Calcium Chloride
  • Alternate Protocol 1: One‐Step Preparation and Transformation of Competent Cells
  • Reagents and Solutions
  • Literature Cited
     
 
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Materials

Basic Protocol 1: Transformation Using Calcium Chloride

  Materials
  • Single colony of E. coli cells
  • LB medium ( appendix 2A)
  • CaCl 2 solution (see recipe), ice‐cold
  • LB plates containing ampicillin ( appendix 2A)
  • Plasmid DNA ( appendix 1J)
  • Beckman JS‐5.2 rotor or equivalent and tubes
  • 42°C water bath
NOTE: All materials and reagents coming into contact with bacteria must be sterile.

Alternate Protocol 1: One‐Step Preparation and Transformation of Competent Cells

  • 2× transformation and storage solution (TSS): ice‐cold: dilute sterile 40% (w/v) polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350 to 20% in sterile LB medium ( appendix 2A) containing 100 mM MgCl 2; add DMSO to 10%.
  • LB medium ( appendix 2A) containing 20 mM glucose
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Literature Cited

Literature Cited
   Dower, W.J., Miller, J.F., and Ragdale, C.W. 1988. High efficiency transformation of E. coli by high voltage electroporation. Nucl. Acids Rs. 16:6127‐6145.
   Hanahan, D. 1983. Studies on transformation of Escherichi coli with plasmids. J. Mol. Biol. 166:557‐580.
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