Use of a 'Miniprep' for rapid extraction of plasmids from vancomycin- and gentamicin-resistant Enterococcus faecium

Z Al-Doori, R L R Hill, M W Casewell

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Abstract

Conventional methods of plasmid extraction are largely unsuited to diagnostic laboratories. The 'Miniprep' is a rapid method that utilises a centrifugable column to separate plasmid DNA from chromosomal DNA. We have modified this technique to extract plasmid DNA from seven strains of vancomycin- and gentamicin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VGREF): 1% mannitol was added to the growth medium and cell lysis was achieved by incubation in 10 mg of lysozyme/ml in 10 mM Tris, 1 mM EDTA and 25% sucrose at pH 8.0. RNase A was added to plasmid eluate rather than at the lytic step. In comparison to a standard phenol/chloroform method, Miniprep completely eliminated chromosomal interference in gel electrophoresis but otherwise produced identical plasmid profiles. Plasmids obtained from the VGREF ranged from 42 to 1.3 Md. Band densities on a single elution from the Miniprep varied from 8.3 to 106.3 relative units. Double elution increased band densities from the same preparation from 30.4 to 196 relative units; mean percentage increases per track between 7.0 and 34.6%. This method is suitable to achieve plasmid DNA extraction from VGREF within 1 h, making the process more suitable for diagnostic laboratories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517 - 521
Number of pages5
JournalWORLD JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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