Transformation Protocol (C2988)

Protocol

  1. Thaw a tube of NEB 5-alpha Competent E. coli cells on ice until the last ice crystals disappear. Mix gently and carefully pipette 50 µl of cells into a transformation tube on ice.
  2. Add 1-5 µl containing 100 pg-1 µg of plasmid DNA to the cell mixture. Carefully flick the tube 4-5 times to mix cells and DNA. Do not vortex.
  3. Place the mixture on ice for 30 minutes. Do not mix.
  4. Heat shock at exactly 42°C for exactly 30 seconds. Do not mix.
  5. Place on ice for 5 minutes. Do not mix.
  6. Pipette 950 µl of room temperature SOC into the mixture.
  7. Place at 37°C for 60 minutes. Shake vigorously (250 rpm) or rotate.
  8. Warm selection plates to 37°C.
  9. Mix the cells thoroughly by flicking the tube and inverting, then perform several 10-fold serial dilutions in SOC.
  10. Spread 50-100 µl of each dilution onto a selection plate and incubate overnight at 37°C. Alternatively, incubate at 30°C for 24-36 hours or 25°C for 48 hours.