GELase™ Agarose Gel-Digesting Preparation contains a unique β-agarose digesting enzyme developed at Epicentre for simple, quantitative recovery of intact DNA and RNA from low-melting point (LMP) agarose gels following electrophoresis in TAE, TBE, MOPS, or phosphate buffers. The gel may be digested directly in the electrophoresis buffers or GELase Buffer may be added to, or exchanged with, those buffers for higher activity. GELase Preparation digests the carbohydrate backbone of molten agarose, releasing small, soluble oligosaccharides. The nucleic acid can be used in the digested gel solution or precipitated using ammonium acetate/ethanol. The gel digestion products are alcohol-soluble.
Unit Definition: One unit of GELase Preparation digests 600 mg (~600 µl) of molten 1% LMP agarose gel in GELase Buffer in 1 hour at 45°C.
Storage Buffer: 50% glycerol containing 50 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.5), 0.1 mM EDTA, 0.1 M NaCl, 0.1% Triton X-100, and 1 mM DTT.
Quality Control: Each lot of GELase Preparation is free of detectable DNA exonuclease, endonuclease, and RNase activities.
Figure 1. Recovery of any size DNA approaches 100% using GELase™ Gel-Digesting Preparation. In Experiment 1, DNAs from 63 bp to 7.9 kb were separated in a 1.5% LMP-agarose gel (A1), purified using GELase Preparation, and analyzed on a new, 1.5% agarose gel (B1) stained with ethidium bromide. In Experiment 2, high-molecular-weight soybean DNA was separated on a 1% LMP-agarose gel by pulsed-field electrophoresis (A2). The 2.2 Mb DNA band was purified using GELase Preparation, and analyzed on a new 1% LMP-agarose gel stained with ethidium bromide (B2). (Experiment 2 results courtesy of L. Chen and A. Atherly, Dept. of Zoology & Genetics, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA.)
Table 1. Time required to digest 200 mg of 1% LMP agarose in TAE buffer.
Figure 2 (click to enlarge). GELase protocols are simple and flexible, providing highest activity or maximum speed.