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pCaSpeR-hs cloning problem

Chris Jones 6kuritaro at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 6 21:12:26 EST 2003

Hi there --

I have a student trying to subclone a 4.1-kb Xba fragment into 
pCaSpeR-hs. The initial subcloning, from a genomic BAC into NEB's 
pLITMUS went without a hitch, but she's not been able to transfer the 
insert into pCaSpeR-hs, which is about 8.8 kb.

Cut both with Xba, gel-purify, dephosphorylate the vector*, ligate, 
transform competent JM109. Analyze plasmids from transformants by 
cutting with Xba and we see two constructs:

a single 8.8 kb fragment which is presumably recircularized vector

a 4.1 kb fragment plus a roughly 2.7 kb fragment -- I'm guessing the 4.1 
is our insert (though I haven't tested that yet), but what the heck is 
up with the vector?

(* we get the same two plasmids back if we don't dephosphorylate the 
vector, so that doesn't seem to be the problem.)

We've done this three times now, always with the same results. I'm going 
to spend a little time trying to troubleshoot, but I'm hoping someone 
reading the newsgroup has heard of this, or better still has had some 
experience of it. Thanks for any suggestions,

Chris Jones

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