You can re-suspend the cells in a cell lysis buffer containing lysozyme.
The New England BioLabs recommend this solution in their IMPACT system:
50mM Tris-HCl, 10mM NaCl, 10mM EDTA with only 10-20ug/mL lysozyme to
prevent excess viscosity due to chromosomal DNA.
Dr Mick Jones wrote:
>> I am running a student practical next week, and I no longer have access
> to a sonicator for making cell lysates from E. coli.
>> The experiment simply involves growing E. coli containing a pGEX fusion
> construct, lysing the cells, and analysing the cleared lysate on an
> SDS/PAGE gel and staining with Coomassie blue. We also use the lysate
> to run on another SDS/PAGE and western blot and probe with a monoclonal
> antibody against the GST protein.
>> The experiments work very well.
>> This time round I do not have access toa sonicator to lyse the E. coli
>> I usually work with a 2 ml culture of E. coli.
>> CAN ANYBODY HELP?
>> What I need is a simple method for lysing the cells that doesn't use a
>> It would be nice if it is simply a chemical disruption with relatively
> simple lab raegents, as opposed to a commercial reagent.
>> The proteins we are looking at are soluble.
>> Any help and advice, protocols greatfully accepted
>> Many thanks
>> Please reply directly to my email address: m.d.jones at ic.ac.uk>> Mick Jones
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