extracting dna from acrylamide gels

Alexander Dobrovic alexander.dobrovic at adelaide.edu.au
Wed Nov 1 20:04:08 EST 2000

We use the bandstab technique of Wilton (1997). Bands are stabbed with a
yellow tip which is then placed in 10ul of PCR grade water. 1ul is used for

This saves a lot of time and can be applied to any bands in a polycrylamide

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>I'm looking for advice on extracting DNA bands from acrylamide gels.  My
>goal is to recover enough DNA for a few PCR reactions. The acrylamide gels
>are stained in EtBr and were made with FMC's Long Ranger mix.
>I've been using the ammonium acetate elution protocol from Maniatis, but
>I'm not finding it to be very reliable in my hands and it would be nice to
>find a procedure that doesn't require an o/n incubation.
>I'm wondering whether there's a simpler and quicker way that will work for
>PCR.  Do acrylamide or EtBr inhibit PCR?  Could I just elute the gel slice
>in water to avoid having to get rid of the ammonium acetate?  Could I just
>freeze (or boil) the gel slice?  Any thoughts or anecdotes are welcome.

Alexander Dobrovic, Ph.D.
Chief Medical Scientist/Dept of Haematology-Oncology
Affiliate Senior Lecturer/University of Adelaide Dept of Medicine
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Woodville, SA 5011, Australia

Tel  61-8-8222 7676
Fax  61-8-8222 6046
alexander.dobrovic at adelaide.edu.au


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