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This method is useful for increasing the efficiency of plasmid up-take.  
This method is useful for increasing the efficiency of plasmid up-take.  
# Warm selection agar plates at 37°C (one for each plasmid, plus one for a zero plasmid control) for at least 15 min.
# Warm selection agar plates at 37°C (one for each plasmid, plus one for a zero plasmid control) for at least 15 min.
# Incubate chemically competent cells on ice just until thawed. You will need 30 μL cells per plasmid ligation.
# Incubate chemically competent cells on ice just until thawed. You will need 30 μL cells per plasmid ligation.
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Thaw TSS cells on ice.
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Add DNA, pipette gently to mix (1μl of prepped plasmid is more than enough).
Add DNA, pipette gently to mix (1μl of prepped plasmid is more than enough).
Note: If you are adding small volumes (~1μl), be careful to mix the culture well. Diluting the plasmid back into a larger volume can also help.
Note: If you are adding small volumes (~1μl), be careful to mix the culture well. Diluting the plasmid back into a larger volume can also help.

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Traditional Method: Chemically competent cells + ligation

This method is useful for increasing the efficiency of plasmid up-take.

  1. Warm selection agar plates at 37°C (one for each plasmid, plus one for a zero plasmid control) for at least 15 min.
  2. Incubate chemically competent cells on ice just until thawed. You will need 30 μL cells per plasmid ligation.

Add DNA, pipette gently to mix (1μl of prepped plasmid is more than enough). Note: If you are adding small volumes (~1μl), be careful to mix the culture well. Diluting the plasmid back into a larger volume can also help. Let sit for 30 minutes on ice. Note: If you are in a rush, you can shorten this incubation time to 5-10 min. Incubate cells for 30 seconds at 42oC. Note: According to the original TSS paper and qualitative experience (JM), this step is completely optional and may actually reduce transformation efficiency. I tested this with DH5a Z1 and pUC19 and found that heat shock at 42C for 30 sec improved transformation efficiency 10-fold (Paul Jaschke) Incubate cells on ice for 2 min. Add 1 mL SOC (2XYT and LB are also suitable, original paper suggests LB + 20mM glucose) at room temp. Incubate for 1 hour at 37oC on shaker. Note: Can also save some time here by reducing incubation to ~45 min. Spread 100-300 μl onto a plate made with appropriate antibiotic. Grow overnight at 37 °C. Save the rest of the transformants in liquid culture at 4 °C. If nothing appears on your plate, you can spin this down, resuspend in enough medium to spread on one plate and plate it all. This way you will find even small numbers of transformants. hugh kingston 09:46, 4 February 2008 (CST):I tried a few variations on this protocol, and found using SOC instead of LB + 20mM glucose increased efficiency 3 fold heat shock of 42°C 45s increased efficiency 15-20 fold compared to no heat shock

Quick Method: Chemically competent cells + plasmid mini prep

  1. Warm selection agar plates at 37°C (one for each plasmid, plus one for a zero plasmid control) for at least 15 min.
  2. Incubate DH5α Turbo competent cells on ice just until thawed. You will need 30 μL cells per plasmid sample.
  3. Dilute 0.5 μL plasmid DNA (concentration not important) in 10 μL sterile dH2O in sterile 0.5 mL tubes.
  4. Make a "negative control" sample by simply putting 10 μL sterile dH2O in a tube without DNA.
  5. Add 30 μL thawed cells each tube of diluted DNA (and the negative control). Immediately place on ice and incubate for 10 min. (Do not heat shock; No 30 min. recovery is required for Amp or Kan resistance)
  6. Label the pre-warmed plates with the antibiotic name, strain name, DNA name, your initials, and the date.
  7. Pipette the total volume of cells + DNA onto the agar; spread using sterile glass beads.
  8. Incubate the inverted plate(s) overnight at 37°C to get colonies. Seal the plate with parafilm and store the plate at 4°C (inverted).

Note: The negative control will show you the number of “background” colonies so that you can determine whether your transformation worked, or is just the result of selection failure.
Note 2: This method can be used for ligations, where construction is very straight-forward and your DNA material is highly concentrated. It works well for "forced" ligations (sticky overhangs, no unwanted annealing)

Chemically competent cells + iGEM Registry sample, Quick Method

  1. Warm selection agar plates at 37°C (one for each plasmid, plus one for a zero plasmid control) for at least 15 min.
  2. Incubate DH5α Turbo competent cells on ice just until thawed. You will need 30 μL cells per ligation.
  3. Locate the desired well in the Registry plate. Inject 10 μL sterile dH2O into the well and pipette up and down to resuspend the dried DNA and indicator dye. Transfer each DNA solution to a sterile 0.5 mL tube.
  4. Make a "negative control" sample by simply putting 10 μL sterile dH2O in a tube without DNA.
  5. Add 30 μL thawed cells each tube of diluted DNA (and the negative control). Immediately place on ice and incubate for 10 min. (Do not heat shock; No 30 min. recovery is required for Amp or Kan resistance)
  6. Label the pre-warmed plates with the antibiotic name, strain name, DNA name, your initials, and the date.
  7. Pipette the total volume of cells + DNA onto the agar; spread using sterile glass beads.
  8. Incubate the inverted plate(s) overnight at 37°C to get colonies. Seal the plate with parafilm and store the plate at 4°C (inverted).

Note: The negative control will show you the number of “background” colonies so that you can determine whether your transformation worked, or is just the result of selection failure.

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