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An efficient method for integration of PCR fragments into adjacent or overlapping restriction sites during gene cloning

Makam, Shivakiran, Srirama, Krupanidhi, Dirisala, VijayaRamu, Reddy, PrakashNarayana
3 Biotech 2018 v.8 no.4 pp. 197
genes, genetic vectors, green fluorescent protein, molecular cloning, polymerase chain reaction
In the present work, a simple and straightforward method was developed to clone any PCR-amplified products into restriction sites that are very close, adjacent or overlapping in the expression vector. The novelty of the methodology involves a crucial primer-designing step by adding appropriate overhangs to the 5′ ends of primers based on the multiple cloning sites (MCS) (polylinker) region of expression vector. After PCR amplification, actual cloning is performed not in adjacent RE sites, but in sites that are little distant in the MCS. However, the sites lost during this cloning step are maintained intact since they are provided by the cloned PCR product (through the primer overhangs). Gene for green fluorescent protein (GFP) was cloned and expressed employing this strategy to demonstrate its simplicity. This method is highly useful for vector modification without losing the restriction sites present in the MCS.