Incorporation of sodium sulfite into extraction protocol minimizes degradation of Acacia DNA

Department of Conservation and Land Management, Bentley Delivery Centre, Australia.
BioTechniques (Impact Factor: 2.95). 05/2001; 30(4):742-4, 748.
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    • "Samples were also collected from single populations of Acacia aestivalis and Acacia jennerae for use as outgroups. DNA extractions were carried out as per Byrne et al. (1998), with sodium sulphite added to the extraction buffer (Byrne et al. 2001), and these samples were analysed with restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) methodology. Although this is an older technology, it has been proven to be a reliable co-dominant marker system that is valuable for the investigation of species complexes (e.g. "
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    • "The aridity index of each provenance location (ratio between annual rainfall and annual potential evapotranspiration) was calculated, as it is regarded as a useful proxy for potential water availability (Gao and Giorgi, 2008). Genomic DNA was extracted from 10–15 g of leaf material (Byrne et al., 1993) with 0Á1 M sodium sulphate (Byrne et al., 2001) and 0Á05 % bovine serum albumin (BSA) added to the extraction buffer. DNA of each sample was digested with six restriction enzymes (BclI, BglII, DraI, EcoRI, EcoRV and XbaI) and hybridized with heterologous probes covering most of the chloroplast genome, according to the protocol described in Byrne et al. (1993). "
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    • "We have also included the addition of Proteinase K with sufficient concentration to breakdown the cell walls and dissolving the cell membranes. Sodium sulfite was used as a reducing agent for polyphenol oxidase which acts by preventing the production of polyphenolic compounds that will cause the degradation of DNA [13]. According the gel image of DNA extracted using our modified protocol, it produces favorable yield which is >500 ng/µL and high purity that falls within the range of 1.8-2.0. "
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    ABSTRACT: —The isolation of high quality DNA and RNA from plant species harboring high levels of polysaccharides and secondary metabolites are typically problematic, especially those in cactus. These compounds often co-precipitate with DNA and RNA thus causes low recovery and quality of the nucleic acids. Six DNA extraction protocols were tested on the sample of Hylocereus spp. of which the results were compared and analyzed. For comparison, three manufacturer's protocols from different commercial kits and another three conventional DNA extraction protocols were compared. It was found that conventional method generally produces consistent and higher yield. Among the conventional protocols itself, each has their pros and cons. Therefore, a modified protocol which is concise, quick and simple was developed for Hylocereus spp. which is beneficial for further molecular work. This method was proven to be reliable in generating a good quality of DNA from these particular genera. Similarly for RNA extraction, four different extraction protocols were tested on the same sample. The results were analyzed and a modified protocol was developed to obtain a higher quality and yield of RNA for further downstream investigations. The extraction buffer from our modified DNA extraction protocol was tested on the RNA extraction and shows a good yield.
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