no ligation of compatible fragments?

Wenqing Liang wl at
Sun Oct 15 21:25:09 EST 1995

Is it true that low NaCl concentration increases BamHi star activity? 
John K. Troyer (jtroyer at wrote:
: On Fri, 13 Oct 1995, Michael Szardenings wrote:

: > Hi,
: > I have had some problems cloning fragments into a vector. Finally I
: > checked some restriction enzymes by trying to cleave and religate lambda
: > DNA. This did not work for our SmaI and BamHI, but worked well for other
: > enzymes like HindIII etc.
: > SmaI might be artefact, although I have done blunt end ligation under
: > similiar conditions before, BamHI is definitely not and SmaI/BamHI is just
: > the cloning I am trying. Enzymes are from BRL, so not just 'some'
: > supplier, but they have spent a while in the freezer. Nevertheless, I have
: > never seen something like this.
: > Can enzymes really get 'unspecific', i.e. give different types of cuts on
: > the same recognition sequence?
: > 
: > All ideas are wellome
: >                         Michael

: Michael:

: How long are you digesting and how much Bam are you using?   Bam HI has 
: star activity which may cause problems if you either digest for too long 
: or your RE concentration is too high.

: Regards,

: John

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: University of Maryland School of Medicine
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