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Where is the ATG relative to the 5' attB site in a Gateway™ expression clone?

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This depends on whether you are expressing a fusion or a native protein in the Gateway™ destination vector. For an N-terminal fusion protein the ATG will be given by the destination vector and it will be upstream of the attB1 site. For a C-terminal fusion protein or a native protein, the ATG should be provided by your gene of interest, and it will be downstream of the attB1 site.

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How would you incorporate a leader sequence for secretion into an entry vector?

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A simple way to express a protein with a leader sequence is to have the leader sequence encoded in the destination vector. The other option is to have the leader sequence subcloned into the entry vector using restriction enzymes, or incorporate the leader sequence into the forward PCR primer when cloning a PCR product into the entry vector. Please see Esposito et al. (2005), Prot. Exp. & Purif. 40, 424-428 for an example of how a partial leader sequence for secretion was incorporated into an entry vector.

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How clean must my DNA be to use in a Gateway™ cloning reaction?

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Mini-prep (alkaline lysis) DNA preparations work well in Gateway™ cloning reactions. It is important that the procedure remove contaminating RNA for accurate quantification. Plasmid DNA purified with our S.N.A.P.™ nucleic acid purification kits, ChargeSwitch™ kits, or PureLink™ kits are recommended.

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From where does Gateway™ get its lambda nomenclature, and is it consistent with textbook nomenclature for lambda recombination?

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The Gateway™ nomenclature is consistent with lambda nomenclature, but we use numbers to differentiate between modified versions of the att sites (attB1, attB2, attP1, attP2, and so on). We have introduced mutations in the att sites to provide specificity and directionality to the recombination reaction. For example, attB1 will only recombine with attP1 and not with attP2.

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Do I have to synthesize new attB primers (29 base attB primer + my specific sequence primer) each time I want to make an attB PCR product, or do you have truncated attB primers that work together with adapter attB primers to get a complete attB sequence?

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We do have an alternative method called the "attB Adapter PCR" Protocol in which you make your gene specific primer with only 12 additional attB bases and use attB universal adapter primers. This protocol allows for shorter primers to amplify attB-PCR products by utilizing four primers instead of the usual two in a PCR reaction. You can find the sequence of these primers in the protocol on page 45 of the "Gateway™ Technology with Clonase II" manual.

There is a protocol in which all 4 primers mentioned above are in a single PCR reaction. You can find this protocol at in the following article: Quest vol. 1, Issue 2, 2004. The best ratio of the first gene-specific and the second attB primers was 1:10.

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Can I purchase the 5X LR Clonase™ buffer or 5X BP Clonase™ buffer separately?

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We do not offer the 5X LR Clonase™ buffer and 5X BP Clonase™ buffer as standalone products. They are available as part of the enzyme kits.

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Will Gateway™ att sites affect the expression of my protein?

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Expression experiments have shown that the extra amino acids contributed by the attB site to a fusion protein will most likely have no effect on protein expression levels or stability. In addition, they do not appear to have any effect on two-hybrid interactions in yeast. However, as is true with the addition of any extra sequences that result from tags, the possible effects will be protein-dependent.

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Where is the transcriptional start site of the T7 promoter featured in many of Invitrogen™'s vectors?

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Although Invitrogen™ has not formally mapped the transcriptional start site of the T7 promoter, the following reference indicates that the start site occurs at the G following the CACTATA sequence found in the promoter: Nucleic Acids Research, Vol.20, No. 20, pp 4626-4634.

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Can I sequence a peptide that is acetylated or biotinylated?

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No. These groups effectively block the N terminus.

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What are the prerequisites for Gateway™ cloning and expression?

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The gene of interest must be flanked by the appropriate att sites, either attL (100 bp) in an Entry clone or attB (25 bp) in a PCR product. For Entry clones, everything between the attL sites will be shuttled into the Gateway™ destination vector containing attR sites, and a PCR product flanked by attB sites must be shuttled into an attP-containing donor vector such as pDONR™221.

The location of translation initiation sites, stop codons, or fusion tags for expression must be considered in your initial cloning design. For example, if your destination vector contains an N-terminal tag but does not have a C-terminal tag, the vector should already contain the appropriate translation start site but the stop codon should be included in your insert.

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How many times can I thaw BP Clonase™ II and LR Clonase™ II?

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BP Clonase™ II and LR Clonase™ II can be freeze/thawed at least 10 times without significant loss of activity. However, you may still want to aliquot the enzymes to keep freeze/thaw variability to a minimum.

These enzymes are more stable than the original BP and LR Clonase™ and can be stored at -20°C for 6 months.

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Must PCR conditions be changed once the original PCR primers have attB sequence added to them?

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Since the attB sequences are on the 5' end of oligos, they will not anneal to the target template in the first round of PCR. Sometimes the PCR product is more specific with the attB primers, probably due to the longer annealing sequence (all of attB plus gene specific sequence) after the first round of amplification. Generally there is no need to change PCR reaction conditions when primers have the additional attB sequence

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Where can I get Gateway™ vector sequences and maps?

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Vector information can be found in the product manuals or directly on our web site by entering the catalog number of the product in the search box. The vector map, cloning site diagram, and sequence information will be linked to the product page.

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How large can PCR fragments be and still be cloned into a Gateway™ Entry vector?

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There is no size restriction on the PCR fragments if they are cloned into a pDONR vector. The upper limit for efficient cloning into a TOPO™ adapted Gateway™ Entry vector is approximately 5 kb. A Gateway™ recombination reaction can occur between DNA fragments that are as large as 150 kb.

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How can I move my gene of interest from a Gateway™-adapted expression clone to a new Destination vector as I have lost the entry clone?

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We would recommend performing a BP reaction with a Donor vector in order to obtain an entry clone. This entry clone can then be used in an LR reaction with the Destination vector to obtain the new expression clone.

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