In vitro Mutagenesis with dut ung single stranded DNA

Steve Hahn

last modified 9/17/10

0.5 microgram oligonucleotide (30-mer)
2 microliters 10X Kinase Buffer
1 microliter 10 mM ATP
H2O to a final volume of 20 microliters
10 Units T4 Kinase
Incubate 45 min at 37o.
Freeze at -20 deg. to store kinased oligo


10x Kinase Buffer

0.5 M Tris pH 7.6
0.1 M MgCl2
50 mM DTT


In vitro mutagenesis

(Also do a control reaction with no oligonucleotide added):

In an 0.5 ml microfuge tube add:
0.2 microgram single stranded dut ung DNA
1.3 microliter kinased oligo from above (33 ng)
1 microliter 10X annealing Buffer
H2O to a final vol of 10 microliters

heat to 90 deg. , 3 min, then reduce temp to 70 deg and let cool slowly to 30 deg. over about 30 min using PCR machine or Boiling H2O Bath (reducing temp from boiling to 30 deg).

Put on ice. As soon as possible, add:

1microliter 10X synthesis Buffer
0.3 microliter Ligase (NEB)
0.3 microliter (3 units) Unit T7 DNA polymerase (NEB)
(The above buffer and enzymes can all be mixed just before addition to rxn if desired)

Incubate 5 min at 0 deg.
Incubate 5 min at room temp.
Incubate 40 min at 37 deg..
Freeze at -20 deg. to stop rxn

For electroporation to very competent E. coli, use 0.5 microliter of reaction for electroporation. Transform to wild-type E. coli (DUT UNG F+) and plate 100 microliters and 20 microliters of cells to two separate plates. Screen colonies for desired mutation. Expect about 60% mutagenesis frequency when all works well. The control mutagenesis reaction with no oligonucleotide added should have ~3-5 times less E. coli transformants.


Annealing Buffer (10X)
200 mM Tris 7.4
20 mM MgCl2
500 mM NaCl

Synthesis Buffer (10X)
4 mM each dNTP
7.5 mM ATP
175 mM Tris 7.4
37.5 mM MgCl2
15 mM DTT

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