Quikgene: A gene synthesis method integrated with ligation-free cloning
Ji, Kunmei（Shenzhen Univ）
Downey, Jennifer S（Univ So Calif）
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Gene synthesis is a convenient tool that is widely used to make genes for a variety of purposes. All current protocols essentially take inside-out approaches to assemble complete genes using DNA oligonucleotides or intermediate fragments. Here we present an efficient method that integrates gene synthesis and cloning into one step. Our method, which is evolved from QuikChange mutagenesis, can modify, extend, or even de nova synthesize relatively large genes. The genes are inserted directly into vectors without ligations or subcloning. We de novo synthesized a 600-bp gene through multiple steps of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) directly into a bacterial expression vector. This outside-in gene synthesis method is called Quikgene. Furthermore, we have defined an overlap region of a minimum of nine nucleotides in insertion primers that is sufficient enough to circularize PCR products for efficient transformation, allowing one to significantly reduce the lengths of primers. Taken together, our protocol greatly extends the current length limit for QuikChange insertion. More importantly, it combines gene synthesis and cloning into one step. It has potential applications for high-throughput structural genomics. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
CitationAnalytical Biochemistry Volume 415, Issue 1, 1 August 2011, Pages 21–26