A simplified protocol for the semi-large scale recovery of plasmids from Escherichia coli grown on agar plates
Masahiro Sato, Eri Akasaka, Issei Saitoh, Masato Ohtsuka, Shingo Nakamura, Takayuki Sakurai, Satoshi Watanabe
Animal Genome Research Unit, Division of Animal Science, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Ibaraki, Japan.
Department of Organ Regeneration, Graduate School of Medicine, Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan.
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan.
Department of Surgery II, National Defense Medical College, Saitama, Japan.
Division of Basic Molecular Science and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, Tokai University, Kanagawa, Japan.
Section of Gene Expression Regulation, Frontier Science Research Center, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan.
DOI: 10.4236/jbise.2012.57051   PDF   HTML   XML   4,204 Downloads   6,872 Views   Citations


Semi-large scale liquid cultivation of transformed Escherichia coli (E. coli) in medium (100-200 ml) has been widely used for the acquisition of relatively large amounts of plasmid DNA (50-300 μg). However, this method requires an expensive high-speed centrifugation apparatus to precipitate E. coli before lysis, which is both laborious and time-consuming. Here, we demonstrate a method for agar plate-based cultivation of bacteria that does not employ a high-speed centrifugation apparatus. This procedure proves to be simple and reproducible, yielding an average of 82 μg of plasmid DNA per experiment. It may therefore be valuable for cloning/transfection experiments under limited financial backgrounds.

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Sato, M. , Akasaka, E. , Saitoh, I. , Ohtsuka, M. , Nakamura, S. , Sakurai, T. and Watanabe, S. (2012) A simplified protocol for the semi-large scale recovery of plasmids from Escherichia coli grown on agar plates. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 5, 406-408. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2012.57051.

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