DNA transfer

Klaus.Matthaei at ANU.EDU.AU Klaus.Matthaei at ANU.EDU.AU
Sun Jan 15 22:52:43 EST 1995

>pmiguel at bilbo.bio.purdue.edu wrote:
>>   I've noticed that alkaline transfer moves the DNA much faster than SSC.
>> In fact, using .4 M NaOH downward (from a foam sponge soaked in .4M NaOH)
>> DNA is totally gone from the gel (maybe 5mm thick) in less than 1 hour --
>> including 23 kb dna from my lambda/HindIII MW standard, WITHOUT
>>   BUT NOTE WELL THERE IS A MAJOR DOWN SIDE.  The DNA doesn't stop at the
>> nylon (MSI .4 um pore, non-charged).  It keeps going.
>I guess 0.4 M NaOH is way too much. Chomczynski (Anal. Biochem. 201,
>134-139) has used 8 mM NaOH, 3 M NaCl, 2 mM Sarcosyl. In my experience
>(with RNA, not DNA) this transfer solution gives good results.
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I douby that 0.4M NaOH will cause this problem.  The original Reed and Mann
NAR 1986 describing alkaline blotting used this concentration although
lower concentrations will also do.  I hope that you are using a charged
nylon menmbrane since uncharged nylon does not retain the DNA as you

Cheers, Klaus

Klaus Matthaei
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