How does does Platinum® Taq DNA Polymerase differ from regular Taq Polymerase?

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Platinum® Taq DNA Polymerase is designed for hot-start PCR. Because it is bound by a monoclonal antibody, Platinum® Taq DNA Polymerase is inactive when the temperature is below 94 degrees C. The high-temperature step at the beginning of the PCR cycle (typically 94 degrees C) denatures and dissociates the antibody from the polymerase, restoring it to full activity.

Mispriming typically occurs at the start of PCR. Using a hot-start polymerase such as Platinum® Taq DNA Polymerase dramatically reduces mispriming, as it has little to no activity until after the denaturation step. Therefore, hot-start PCR--mediated by Platinum® Taq DNA Polymerase--has a higher specificity than PCR with standard Taq DNA Polymerase.

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What is the source and purity of your Muristerone A product (H100-01)?

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Muristerone A is purified from plant sources.

Purity (HPLC): 94.0%
Formula: C27H44O8
Molecular Weight: 496.6
Solubility: Soluble in methanol, ethanol, acetic acid and DMSO. Sparingly soluble in chloroform. Insoluble in water.
Recommended Storage: Keep cool and dry at -20 C.

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What is the molecular weight and size of Taq Polymerase?

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Taq DNA Polymerase is a 832 amino acid, single subunit enzyme with a MW of 94,000. (Reference: Lawyer (1989);JBC 264, 6427.)

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What is the difference between Platinum® technology and AccuPrime™ technology?

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With Platinum® technology, anti-DNA polymerase antibodies bind to the enzyme until the denaturing step at 94 degrees C, when the antibodies degrade. The polymerase is now active and primer extension can occur. AccuPrime™ Taq combines Platinum® Taq (Taq + Platinum® antibodies) with proprietary thermostable AccuPrime™ accessory proteins. The 10X reaction buffer contains the accessory proteins which enhance specific primer-template hybridization during each cycle of PCR.

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The primers I am using worked for PCR initially, but over time, have stopped working. What happened?

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Primers should be aliquoted for single use before PCR set-up. Heat just the aliquoted primers to 94 degrees for 1 min. Quick chill the primer on ice before adding to the PCR reaction. Some primers may anneal to themselves or curl up on themselves.

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What are the main steps in PCR?

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The main steps are: denaturation, annealing, and extension. The template is typically heated to a high temperature (around 94-95 degrees C) allowing for the double-stranded DNA to denature into single strands. Next, the temperature is lowered to 50-65 degrees C, allowing primers to anneal to their complementary base-pair regions. The temperature is then increased to 72 degrees C, allowing for the polymerase to bind and synthesize a new strand of DNA.

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Do you have any references on Dynabeads® FlowComp™ Mouse CD4 kit and Dynabeads® FlowComp™ Mouse CD8 kit?

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Brody JD et al. (2009) Immunotransplantation preferentially expands T-effector cells over T regulatory cells and cures large lymphoma tumors. Blood 113:85-94.

Feng X et al. (2010) Foxp1 is an essential transcriptional regulator for the generation of quiescent naive T cells during thymocyte development. Blood 115:510-518.

Yi JS et al. (2010) IL-21 deficiency influences CD8 T cell quality and recall responses following an acute viral infection. J Immunol 185:4835-4845.

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What is the function of the antibody in Platinum® Taq? How does this contribute to hot-start PCR?

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Platinum® Taq DNA Polymerase is recombinant Taq DNA polymerase complexed with a proprietary antibody that inhibits polymerase activity. The activity of Platinum® Taq DNA polymerase is blocked at ambient temperatures but is regained after the denaturation step in PCR cycling at 94 degrees C. This property makes Platinum® Taq DNA polymerase a hot-start reagent. Hot starts are typically used in PCR to increase sensitivity, specificity, and yield--and hot-start enzymes allow users to set up reactions at room temperature. By using a hot-start polymerase, it improved PCR results can be obtained with less optimization and handling of reaction components.

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What is the pH of the NuPAGE® LDS Sample Buffer (4X) at 70°C?

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The temperature coefficient (ΔpKa/degree C) for Tris is -0.031/degree C. Therefore, if the pH of the NuPAGE® LDS Sample Buffer is 8.5 at 25°C, then its pH at 70°C is 8.5 + (-0.031 X 45) = 7.1. Similarly, our Tris Glycine Sample Buffer at 85°C would have a pH of 4.94, at 100°C its pH would be 4.5.

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How does the protocol used in the TOPO® XL kit improve the efficiency of cloning long PCR products?

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The protocol includes a novel 15-minute gel purification step to improve the efficiency of cloning long PCR products. Gel purification eliminates smaller PCR products which preferentially ligate into the vector. In addition, the TOPO® XL PCR cloning kit protocol eliminates the use of ethidium bromide and UV light which can nick long PCR products and reduce cloning efficiency. The kit uses the non-toxic crystal violet reagent to allow visualization of DNA under ambient light. In side-by-side cloning experiments, long PCR products that were purified after visualization with crystal violet yielded 94% recombinant colonies versus only 60% with ethidium bromide staining and UV light visualization.

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How should the probe be applied to the slides?

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Depending on the size of the tissue section, a starting volume of 15 µL of the probe can be applied either to the coverslip or straight on to the tissue section with a pipette. The sides between the slide and the coverslip are then sealed with rubber cement. A convenient alternative is the use of CISH UnderCover™ Slips (Cat. No. 00-8403 or 00-8404).
If the side of the slides are not to be sealed, it is important to perform subsequent incubations at 37 degrees C in a humidified chamber. Denature the probe on a thermal plate (at 94-95 degrees C).

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Why is coupling efficiency important?

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Coupling efficiency is important as the effects are cumulative during DNA synthesis. The numbers below shows the effect of a 1% difference in coupling efficiency and how this influences the amount of full-length product available following synthesis of different length oligos. Even with a relatively short oligo of 20 bases, a 1% difference in coupling efficiency can mean 15% more of the DNA present following synthesis is full-length product.

Number of bases added, 99% coupling full-length, Failures, 98% coupling full-length, Failures:
- 1, 99, 1, 98, 2
- 2, 98.01, 1.99, 96.04, 2.96
- 3,97.03, 2.97, 94.12, 5.88
- 10, 90.44, 9.56, 81.71, 18.29
- 20, 81.79, 18.21, 66.76, 33.24
- 30, 73.79, 26.03, 54.55, 63.58
- 50, 60.5, 39.5, 36.42, 63.58
- 95, 38.49, 61.51, 14.67, 85.33

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Protocol: Applied Biosystems 2720 Thermal Cycler: Quick Reference Card: Rev B (English )

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Manual: GeneAmp PCR System 2700 Quick Reference Card (English )

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