Plasmid-Safe™ ATP-Dependent DNase selectively removes contaminating bacterial chromosomal DNA from plasmid, cosmid, fosmid, and BAC clones or vector preparations. Such preparations are frequently contaminated with fragments of bacterial genomic DNA generated during alkaline lysis. Other purification options, such as spin-columns or even CsCl centrifugation, do not effectively remove these contaminants and require further purification steps. Contaminating DNA fragments left behind by these methods ultimately can become ligated into a cloning vector, resulting in false positives and high backgrounds, or erroneous sequence data.
Plasmid-Safe ATP-Dependent DNase digests linear dsDNA to deoxynucleotides at slightly alkaline pH and, with lower efficiency, closed-circular and linear ssDNA. The enzyme has no activity on nicked or closed-circular dsDNA or supercoiled DNA. Therefore, Plasmid-Safe DNase is ideal as the final purification step for plasmid, cosmid, fosmid, and BAC vector and clone preparations.
|Figure 1. Plasmid-Safe™ ATP-Dependent DNase removes contaminating genomic DNA from plasmid preps. Lane 1, 3 µg of Sma I-digested bacterial chromosomal DNA; lane 2, 500 ng of uncut plasmid DNA; lane 3, mixture of 3 µg of digested bacterial chromosomal DNA and 500 ng of uncut plasmid before Plasmid-Safe DNase treatment; lane 4, mixture of chromosomal DNA and plasmid DNA after Plasmid-Safe DNase treatment (incubation with Plasmid-Safe DNase for 30 minutes at 37°C); lane M, Kilobase ladder.|
Unit Definition: One unit of Plasmid-Safe DNase converts 1 nmol of deoxynucleotides in linear T7 DNA into an acid-soluble form in 30 minutes at 37°C under standard assay conditions. Three units will digest 1 µg of DNA in 30 minutes at 37°C.
Storage Buffer: 50% glycerol containing 50 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.5), 0.1 M NaCl, 0.1 mM EDTA, 1 mM DTT, and 0.1% Triton® X-100.
Plasmid-Safe 10X Reaction Buffer: 330 mM Tris-acetate (pH 7.5), 660 mM potassium acetate, 100 mM magnesium acetate, and 5.0 mM DTT. ATP must be added to a final concentration of 1 mM in the 1X Buffer.
Quality Control: Plasmid-Safe DNase is free of detectable RNase and double-stranded, DNA-specific endonuclease activities.