Protocol for Genomic DNA Cleanup (NEB #T3010)

There are two protocols provided for the cleanup of genomic DNA. The Desalting/Buffer Exchange Cleanup Protocol is for cleanup of salts and buffer components. The Enzymatic Cleanup Protocol should be employed if the removal of proteins and/or RNA is necessary.

Before You Begin:

  • Store RNase A and Proteinase K at -20°C.
  • Add ethanol (≥ 95%) to the Monarch gDNA Wash Buffer concentrate as indicated on the bottle label.
  • Set a thermal mixer (e.g. ThermoMixer or similar device), or a heating block to 56°C for sample lysis.
  • Set a heating block to 60°C. Preheat the appropriate volume of elution buffer to 60°C (35–100 μl per sample). Confirm the temperature, as temperatures are often lower than indicated on the device.

Desalting/Buffer Exchange Cleanup Protocol

  1. Add DNA sample to a 1.5 ml reaction tube and bring the volume up to 200 μl with nuclease-free water. Mix well by vortexing. If the total DNA input amount is less than 100 ng add 10 μg/ml of carrier RNA to the gDNA Binding Buffer for quantitative retrieval of the DNA (See “Use of Carrier RNA for Low Input Amounts”).

  2. Proceed to Genomic DNA Binding and Elution.

Enzymatic Cleanup Protocol (removal of proteins and/or RNA)

  1. Add DNA sample to a 1.5 ml reaction tube and bring the volume up to 200 μl with Tissue Lysis Buffer. Mix well by vortexing.

  2. Add 1 μl of Proteinase K and, if RNA needs to be removed, add 1 μl RNase A.

  3. Mix briefly and incubate at 56°C for 5 minutes.

  4. Proceed to Genomic DNA Binding and Elution.



  1. Add 400 μl gDNA Binding Buffer to the sample and mix thoroughly by pulse-vortexing for 5-10 seconds. Thorough mixing is essential for optimal results.

  2. Transfer the lysate/binding buffer mix (~600 μl) to a gDNA Purification Column pre-inserted into a collection tube, without touching the upper column area. Avoid transferring any foam that may have formed. Close the cap and centrifuge: first for 3 minutes at 1,000 x g to bind gDNA (no need to empty the collection tubes or remove from centrifuge) and then for 1 minute at maximum speed (> 12,000 x g) to clear the membrane. Discard the flow-through and the collection tube. Avoid touching the upper column area with lysate/binding mix and avoid transferring foam that may have formed during lysis. Any material that touches the upper area of the column, including any foam, may lead to salt contamination in the eluate. For optimal results, ensure that the spin column is placed in the centrifuge in the same orientation at each spin step (for example, always with the hinge pointing to the outside of the centrifuge); ensuring the liquid follows the same path through the membrane for binding and elution can slightly improve yield and consistency.

  3. Transfer column to a new collection tube and add 500 μl gDNA Wash Buffer. Close the cap and invert or vortex briefly, so that the wash buffer reaches the cap. Centrifuge for 1 minute at maximum speed. Discard flow through and tap the inverted collection tube briefly on a paper towel to remove residual drops of buffer. The collection tube can now be reused in the next step. Vortexing or inverting the spin column containing wash buffer is a verified way to prevent salt contamination in the eluate.

  4. Reinsert the column into the collection tube. Add 500 μl gDNA Wash Buffer, close the cap and invert or vortex tube briefly. Centrifuge for 1 minute at maximum speed and discard the collection tube and flow through.

  5. Place the gDNA Purification Column in a DNase-free 1.5 ml microfuge tube (not included). Add 35-100 μl preheated (60°C) gDNA Elution Buffer, close the cap and incubate at room temperature for 1 minute. Centrifuge for 1 minute at maximum speed (>12,000 x g) to elute the gDNA. Elution in 100 μl is recommended, but smaller volumes can be used and will result in more concentrated DNA but a reduced yield (20–25% reduction when using 35 μl). Eluting with preheated elution buffer will increase yields by ~20–40% and eliminates the need for a second elution. For applications in which a high DNA concentration is required, using a small elution volume and then reeluting with the eluate may increase yield (~10%). The elution buffer (10 mM Tris-Cl, pH 9.0, 0.1 mM EDTA) offers strong protection against enzymatic degradation and is optimal for long term storage of DNA. However, other low-salt buffers or nuclease-free water can be used if preferred. For more details on optimizing elution, please refer to “Considerations for Elution & Storage” in the product manual.


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