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Revision as of 17:06, 20 March 2009

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This is a quick and easy yeast colony PCR protocol that does not require zymolyase step. This new version of the protocol uses 10uL PCR reactions, significantly reducing the reagent costs.

Older version: Blackburn Lab: Quick and Easy Yeast Colony PCR



Yeast Cell Lysis

  1. Aliquot 10uL of 0.02M NaOH into PCR tubes.
  2. Using a sterile pipette tip, pick a small colony and resuspend in NaOH.
    • If the solution is cloudy, you've added enough cells.
  3. Boil the samples on a PCR machine by incubating the tubes at 99C for 10 minutes.
    • In the mean time, prepare the master mix for the PCR reaction.
    • The boiled samples are stable at room temp for some time. Keep on ice or freeze for longer.


  1. Prepare the master mix solution containing:
    • 2uL 5X Q-solution
    • 1uL 10X PCR Buffer
    • 0.2uL dNTPs (10mM each)
    • 0.2uL foward primer (100uM)
    • 0.2uL reverse primer (100uM)
    • 0.1uL Taq
    • 5.3uL ddH2O
  2. Aliquot 9uL of the master mix solution into fresh PCR tubes.
  3. Transfer 1uL of boiled samples to the master mix aliquots (a multi-channel pipette is helpful here).
  4. Run the following PCR cycle:
    1. 5 min at 95C
    2. 30 cycles of:
      1. 10 sec at 95C
      2. 10 sec at 50C (or appropriate annealing temperature)
      3. 1 min/kbp at 72C (I generally do 30 sec)
    3. 10 min at 72C


  • Note that the primer concentration we use is about ten-times more than standard PCR protocols.
  • The PCR product can be loaded onto agarose gels directly without addition of loading buffer.
  • For restriction digestion of the PCR products, use 2uL of the PCR reaction in 20uL total volume.
  • The expected PCR product should be as short as possible. Anything less than 1kbp can be easily amplified.


Tet (Blackburn Lab)