Restriction digest involves the cutting of DNA at specific recognition sequences by enzymes.
- If you are interested in cutting near the ends of the linear DNA fragment, note that some enzymes do not cut efficiently at the ends of linear DNA. So include extra bases to increase the efficiency of cutting. Many enzymes work with 4 bases supposedly but XhoI was found to require more than 4 bases (8 bases was used successfully). Thus, to be on the safe side, use 8 bases whenever possible. NEB has more information here. Read the information at NEB carefully ... they recommend adding 4 bases to the numbers listed in their table.
- Tom was once having some trouble with failed restriction digests. He called NEB and they recommended doing the digest in a larger volume. Therefore, the Knight lab typically does digests in either 50 μL or 100 μL volumes rather than the 20 μL volume that the Endy lab uses. If the sample needs to be concentrated, some method of DNA purification is used.
- Improving the efficiency of EcoRI/SpeI Double Digest.
- Reaction Volumes - I used to have very inconsistent results when digesting with EcoRI, using the 20μl reaction volume. Using the Knight Lab's 50μl mix has recently given good results. I haven't tested this enough to say it is a statistically significant result. --BC 13:39, 2 Jun 2005 (EDT)