# Annealing primers

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+ - Oligo 2:                                           3' --------------------------------RE site--- 5' + - + - *[http://www.neb.com/nebecomm/products/productM0212.asp Klenow 3'$\rightarrow$5' exo- polymerase] + - *dNTPs (25 mM each dNTP in stock) + - *Restriction enzyme(s) + - *Restriction enzyme buffer + - *BSA + - + - ==Calculating amount of oligo for reaction== + - + - ''This should be checked for errors'' -[[User:Rshetty|Reshma]] 19:03, 12 May 2005 (EDT) + - + - $\rm{X\ L\ oligo} = \frac{\frac{Y\ g\ oligo}{(330\ g/mol\ of\ nt)(W\ nt/oligo)}\ mol\ of\ oligo}{Z\ mol/L\ oligo\ stock}$ + - + - ==Procedure== + - + - #Dilute the two oligos to a concentration of 10 or 25 μM using H2O + - #Mix the following in a 0.6 mL sterile tube + - #*10 μL 10X restriction enzyme buffer + - #*1 μL 100X BSA + - #*X μL oligo 1 (typically 1 μg or more) + - #*Y μL oligo 1 (typically 1 μg or more) + - #*(87 - 2X) μL deionized sterile H2O + - #Anneal the two oligos together by either placing the mixture in a thermal cycler ([http://www.mjr.com MJ Research], PTC-200) at 94°C for 5 mins followed by a cool down for 0.1°C/sec to 37°C or by placing the tube in a beaker of boiling water and letting it cool to room temperature. + - #Add 1 μL Klenow 3'$\rightarrow$5' exo- polymerase to mixture.
Vortex polymerase before pipetting to ensure it is well-mixed. + - #Add 1 μL dNTPS (equal to 0.25 mM final concentration of each dNTP)
''Recommend using a thermal cycler for the following incubation steps.'' + - #Incubate 1 hr at 37°C. + - #Heat inactivate polymerase by incubating at 75°C for 20 minutes.
''See [[Restriction Digest]] for more information on the following steps.'' + - #Add 1 μL restriction enzyme(s) to mixture. + - #Incubate for a minimum of 2 hrs. + - #Heat inactivate restriction enzyme by incubating at 80°C for 20 mins. + - #[[Purification of DNA | Purify DNA]] as necessary +

## Current revision

Annealing primers can be used as a fast and cheap way to synthesize a short piece of DNA for which you do not have template DNA to PCR from. See part fabrication for other ways to make a part (contains BioBrick specific details).

1. Annealing complementary primers<--For pieces of DNA shorter than the limit on primer length.
2. Annealing and primer extension<--For pieces of DNA longer than the limit on primer length.