How stable are your cationic lipids that are used in transfection?

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All the following lipids are stable at 4º C for at least one year:
11668-019 Lipofectamine™ 2000
10362-100 Cellfectin™ II
10459-014 DMRIE-C
10964-013 Lipofectamine™ PLUS™
18292-011 Lipofectin™
18324-012 Lipofectamine™

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Do you offer Gateway™ vectors for expression in plants?

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We do not offer any Gateway™ vectors for expression in plants.

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Can PCR primers be tailed directly with attL sites for direct recombination into the destination vector?

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No, this is not really feasible due to the fact that the attL sequence is approximately 100 bp, which is too long for efficient oligo synthesis. Our own maximum sequence length for ordering custom primers is 100 nucleotides. In contrast, the attB sequences are only 25 bp long, which is a very reasonable length for adding onto the 5' end of gene-specific PCR primers.

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Will increasing the Gateway™ cloning reaction time improve recombination efficiency?

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Yes, increasing the incubation time from 1 hour to 4 hours will generally increase colony numbers 2-3 fold. An overnight incubation at room temperature will typically increase colony yield by 5-10 fold.

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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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What is the purpose of the Proteinase K step following a Gateway™ LR Recombination reaction, and is it critical to the results?

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When the LR reaction is complete, the reaction is stopped with Proteinase K and transformed into E. coli resulting in an expression clone containing a gene of interest. A typical LR reaction followed by Proteinase K treatment yields about 35,000 to 150,000 colonies per 20ul reaction. Without the Proteinase K treatment, up to a 10 fold reduction in the number of colonies can be observed. Despite this reduction, there are often still enough colonies containing the gene of interest to proceed with your experiment, so the Proteinase K step can be left out after the LR reaction is complete if necessary.

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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 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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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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What is the difference between LR Clonase™ II and LR Clonase™ II Plus?

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LR Clonase™ II Plus contains an optimized formulation of recombination enzymes for use in MultiSite Gateway™ LR reactions™. LR Clonase™ and LR Clonase™ II enzyme mixes are not recommended for MultiSite Gateway™ LR recombination reactions, but LR Clonase™ II Plus is compatible with both multi-site and single-site LR recombination reactions.

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Are the Gateway™ attB1 and attB2 sites the same as the attB site used for recombination into E. coli by bacteriophage lambda?

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The Gateway™ attB sites are derived from the bacteriophage lambda site-specific recombination, but are modified to remove stop codons and reduce secondary structure. The core regions have also been modified for specificity (i.e., attB1 will recombine with attP1 but not with attP2).

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What is the smallest fragment that can be used in a Gateway™ reaction?

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The smallest size we have recombined is a 70 bp piece of DNA located between the att sites. Very small pieces are difficult to clone since they negatively influence the topology of the recombination reaction.

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What size targets can be amplified by the SuperScript™ One-Step RT-PCR Systems?

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The SuperScript™ III One-Step RT-PCR System with Platinum™ Taq DNA Polymerase is recommended for amplifying RNA targets up to 4.5 kb and the SuperScript™ II One-Step RT-PCR System with Platinum™ Taq DNA Polymerase is recommended for amplifying RNA targets up to 3.5 kb. Even though the SuperScript™ II and III One-Step RT-PCR Systems with Platinum™ Taq High Fidelity can amplify smaller targets, it is recommended for amplifying RNA targets from 1 kb up to 9 kb.

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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 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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