Biology Forum Genetics Sequencing

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      I am doing a gel extraction/cleanup of my DNA before sending it off for sequencing. Since I stained my gel with EtBr, I have to view the band with UV light when I cut it out. The UV light will make mutations in DNA (not a very good way if I am planning on doing sequencing). I still used this method because it is much faster than staining the gel with methylene blue for over 14 hours. Do any of you have better suggestions?

      Thanks in advance!


    • #85335

      Sybr green/safe/gold and blue light is a solution. You could buy this:


      or find a screen that will change the UV light to blue light (VWR has that for a few 100$) and with the right filter you d not even need to change your gel doc.

      Another solution that works is simply to use the longer UV range (many transilluminator have a choice between long and short vawelength UV) and to work quickly. I have obtained sequences this way. I have seen special tips that are band shaped that allow a quick cut of the gel, so you can really turn the UV on for less than 1 minute, but just locating your band and then cutting UV off is good too.

    • #85361

      Hey Patrick,

      Thanks for your quick reply! I got my sequencing result back. They said that there were a lot of background/noises. Thus, only the beginning (~100bp) part of my 500bp strand was sequence. What does ‘background’ mean?

      Since the beginning of my sample was sequenced, I don’t think there’s any problems with the primer that I sent with my DNA sample for sequencing. I suspect that there’s some problems with the gel extraction/cleanup step. I am going to do another run of gel extraction before sending it off for sequencing. Do you have any suggestions on how I can reduce these ‘background’?



    • #85362

      they probably sent you the trace, I suggest you look at it, it should make the problem apparent. But to make short you have strong non specific fluorescence, and UV induced mutations can definitely be a cause for that. another way to solve your problem if you are sequencing a PCR, do not gel purify but tweak your PCR conditions to get only one band ( even at the cost of a lost of efficiency if possible, then just purify your PCR with a cleaning kit.

    • #85364

      Another possibility, if your template is PCR product, is that your fragment is heterozygous with a deletion or insertion somewhere around the 100 bp point. Are you trying to sequence through an intron? Sequence up to that point will look good, but after the deletion or insertion, you will have two templates that are shifted out of phase with each other, and the traces will then look horrible. Follow canalon’s advice here – if the noise is just crap, you will see many signals of varying strengths at each site. If you have two signals out of phase, you should see only two main peaks of roughly equal height at each site. Having two peaks at each site would be less likely, although not impossible, if your template is plasmid – mutations do occur sometimes.

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