A simple salting out procedure for extracting DNA from human nucleated cells.
One of the obstacles encountered when extracting DNA from a large number of samples is the cumbersome method of deprotein-izing cell digests with the hazardous organic solvents phenol and isochloroform. Several other non-toxic extraction procedures have been published, but require either extensive dialysis (1) or the use of filters (2). A rapid, safe and inexpensive method was developed to simplify the deprotein-ization procedure. This method involves salting out of the cellular proteins by dehydration and precipitation with a saturated NaCl solution. Buffy coats of nucleated cells obtained from anticoagulated blood (ACD or EDTA) were resuspended in 15 ml polypropylene centrifugation tubes with 3 ml of nuclei lysis buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl t 400 mM NaCl and 2 mM Na 2 EDTA, pH 8.2). The cell lysates were digested overnight at 37°C with 0.2 ml of 10Z SDS and 0.5 ml of a protease K solution (1 mg protease K in 1Z SDS and 2 mM Na2EDTA).
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