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Revision as of 07:15, 19 July 2011

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Note: This is a simplified (i.e. sloppier) version of a protocol by Gietz. If you need to troubleshoot, refer to the more detailed version here.

This procedure takes 4-6 hours from start to finish, plus an inoculation the day before. Besides culture media, the transformation requires the following reagents, for which recipes and instructions can be found at the bottom of the page:

  • Icebox
  • Boiled salmon sperm DNA (ssDNA), 2 mL/mL (instructions)
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3500, 50% w/v (instructions)
  • Lithium acetate (LiAc), 1 M and 0.1 M

Day 1

Inoculate the yeast strain into 5 ml YPD and incubate overnight on a rotary shaker at 200 rpm and 30°C.

Day 2

1. Dilute the overnight culture 1:100 into fresh media, 50 mL per 10 transformations. Incubate the flask(s) for 3-5 hours at 30°C and 200 rpm.

2. Harvest the cells by pouring into 50 mL Falcon tubes and centrifuging at 3000 g for 5 min.

3. Wash the cells once in 25 mL of sterile water, by resuspending and centrifuging again, discarding the supernatant.

4. Wash the cells once in 25 mL of 100mM LiAc.

5. Resuspend the cells in 1 mL of 100mM LiAc.

6. Transfer the cell suspension to a 1.5 mL microcentrifuge tube, centrifuge at 13000 rpm for 30 sec and discard the supernatant.

7. Add 100 mM LiAc to a final volume of 500 uL.

8. Vortex the cell suspension and aliquot 50 µl into 1.5 ml microfuge tubes, one for each transformation. Centrifuge at 13000 rpm for 30 sec and remove the supernatant.

9. Add the following reagents to each transformation in order:

Reagent Amount (uL)
PEG 3500 50% w/v: 240
LiAc 1.0 M 36
Boiled SS-carrier DNA (2 mg/ml) 50
Plasmid DNA plus Water (use 0.1 - 10 ug tranforming DNA) 34
Total 350

10. Incubate at 30°C for 30 min.

11. Incubate at 42°C for 25 min.

12. Centrifuge at 13000 rpm for 30 sec and remove the transformation reagents with a pipet (or aspirator).

13. Pipette 1.0 ml of YPD into each tube; stir the pellet by with a pipet tip and vortex.

14. Incubate at 30°C for approximately 5 hours (or dilute into 5 mL YPD O/N).

15. Plate 200ul aliquots onto selective media.

16. Incubate the plates at 30°C for 3 to 4 days and count transformant colonies.

Appendix: Preparing boiled ssDNA

5. Boil a 1.0 ml sample of carrier DNA for 5 min and chill in an ice/water bath while harvesting the cells.

  • It is not necessary or desirable to boil the carrier DNA every time. Keep a small aliquot in your own freezer box and boil after 3-4 freeze-thaws. But keep on ice when out.****

Appendix: Preparing 50% PEG

Modified from: Gietz, R.D. and R.A. Woods. (2002) TRANSFORMATION OF YEAST BY THE Liac/SS CARRIER DNA/PEG METHOD. Methods in Enzymology 350: 87-96.