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Uji kualitatif dan

kuantitatif DNA dan

Fatchiyah, PhD
Uji kuantitatif DNA dengan spektrofotometri
UV-Vis, DNA murni dapat menyerap cahaya
ultraviolet karena keberadaan basa-basa purin
dan pirimidin. Pita ganda DNA dapat menyerap
cahaya UV pada λ 260 nm, sedang
kontaminan protein atau phenol akan
menyerap cahaya pada λ 280 nm.
Sehingga kemurnian DNA dapat dukur dengan
menghitung nilai absorbansi λ 260 nm dibagi
dengan nilai absorbansi λ 280 (Å260/Å280),
dan nilai kemurnian DNA berkisar antara 1.8-

Uji Kuantitatif
Serta untuk mengukur konsentrasi DNA
digunakan rumus sebagai berikut:

[DNA] = Å260 x 50 x faktor pengenceran

= Nilai absorbansi pada λ 260 nm
50 = larutan dengan nilai absorbansi 1.0
sebanding dengan 50 ug untai ganda DNA
per ml (dsDNA)

[RNA] = Å260 x 40 x faktor pengenceran

 40 = 40ug/ml untai tunggal RNA (ssRNA)

Mengukur Konsentrasi DNA/RNA

Metoda standar yang digunakan untuk
memisahkan, mengidentifikasi dan
memurnikan fragmen DNA adalah
elektroforesis gel agorose.
Teknik ini sederhana, cepat terbentuk,
dan mampu memisahkan campuran
potongan DNA sesuai dengan ukurannya
secara akurat, dibanding dengan densitas
gradient sentrifugasi.
Selanjutnya, lokasi DNA dalam gel
tersebut dapat diidentifikasi secara
langsung dengan menggunakan pewarna

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Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
Purification for Specific Fragment of DNA
-DNA Electro-elution
-Electrophoresis onto DEAE-cellulose
Polyacrylamide Gels
Pulse-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)

Electrophoresis for nucleic acid

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 The equipment and supplies necessary for
conducting agarose gel electrophoresis
are relatively simple and include:
 An electrophoresis chamber and power
 Gel casting trays, which are available in a
variety of sizes and composed of UV-
transparent plastic. The open ends of the trays
are closed with tape while the gel is being
cast, then removed prior to electrophoresis.
 Sample combs, around which molten agarose
is poured to form sample wells in the gel.

Preparing and Running Standard

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Electrophoresis buffer, usually Tris-
acetate-EDTA (TAE) or Tris-borate-EDTA
Loading buffer, which contains
something dense (e.g. glycerol) to allow
the sample to "fall" into the sample wells,
and one or two tracking dyes, which
migrate in the gel and allow visual
monitoring or how far the electrophoresis
has proceeded.

Preparing and Running Standard

Agarose DNA Gels
 Ethidium bromide, a fluorescent dye used for
staining nucleic acids. NOTE: Ethidium bromide is
a known mutagen and should be handled as a
hazardous chemical - wear gloves while handling.
 Transilluminator (an ultraviolet lightbox), which is
used to visualize ethidium bromide-stained DNA
in gels. NOTE: always wear protective eyewear
when observing DNA on a transilluminator to
prevent damage to the eyes from UV light.

Preparation of Gel 05/14/10 fatchiyah, JB-UB 8

No Konsentrasi Gel Effisiensi range Pemisahan
Agarose (%) pada DNA linier (kb)
1 0.3 60-5
2 0.6 20-1
3 0.7 10-0.8
4 0.9 7-0.5
5 1.2 6-0.4
6 1.5 4-0.2
7 2.0 3-0.1

Tabel 1. konsentrasi gel agarose

dan ukuran molekul DNA
 DNA and RNA molecules are negatively
charged, thus move in the gel matrix
toward the positive pole (+)
 Linear DNA molecules are separated
according to size
 The mobility of circular DNA molecules is
affected by their topological structures.
The mobility of the same molecular weight
DNA molecule with different shapes is:
supercoiled> linear> nicked or relaxed

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 Fragments of linear DNA migrate through
agarose gels with a mobility that is inversely
proportional to the log10 of their molecular
 In other words, if you plot the distance from the
well that DNA fragments have migrated against
the log10 of either their molecular weights or
number of base pairs, a roughly straight line will

Migration of DNA Fragments in

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Circular forms of DNA migrate in agarose
distinctly differently from linear DNAs of the
same mass.
Typically, uncut plasmids will appear to
migrate more rapidly than the same plasmid
when linearized. Additionally, most
preparations of uncut plasmid contain at
least two topologically-different forms of
DNA, corresponding to supercoiled forms and
nicked circles.
The image to the right shows an ethidium-
stained gel with uncut plasmid in the left lane
and the same plasmid linearized at a single
site in the right lane.

large moderate small

Picture of DNA
separation by gel
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DNA Migration
• Several additional factors have important effects on the mobility
of DNA fragments in agarose gels, and can be used to your
advantage in optimizing separation of DNA fragments.

Fig. Agarose Concentration

Chief among these
factors are:
 Agarose Concentration
 Voltage
 Electrophoresis buffer
 Effects of Ethidium

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Fig. 13-2, p.331
Fig. 13-1, p.331
 In addition to its importance as an analytical tool, gel
electrophoresis is widely used for isolating and then
purifying specific fragments of DNA, usually in
preparation for subcloning
 Several techniques can be used to purify DNA from
agarose gels, and choosing between them is, to some
extent, a matter of personal preference. They all start out
by excising the desired "band" from an ethidium-stained
gel viewed with a UV transilluminator. Because UV light
can fragment DNA, it is best to work expeditiously and
keep exposure time to a minimum.

Purification for Specific

Fragment of DNA
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 Cut out the desired piece of agarose using a
razor blade or scalpel blade, and try to get as
little extra agarose as possible.
 Theblock of agarose containing DNA is then
subjected to any of the following. The block of
agarose is placed in a piece of dialysis tubing
with a small amount of fresh electrophoresis
buffer, the ends sealed with clamps, and the bag
placed into an electrophoresis chamber.
 Applicationof current will cause the DNA to
migrate out of the agarose, but it will be trapped
within the bag.

DNA Electroelution
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 Progress can be monitored using a
transilluminator, as shown below. When the DNA
is out of the agarose, the flow of current is
reversed for a few seconds to knock the DNA off
of the side of the tubing.
 Thebuffer containing the DNA is then collected
and the DNA precipitated with ethanol.
 Electroelutionis more time consuming than
some of the other techniques, but works well
and is probably the best technique for recovery
of large (> 5 kb) fragments of DNA.

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To separate DNA of different
size ranges

Narrow size range of DNA: use

Wide size range of DNA: use agarose
Very large DNA(>30-50kb): use
pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

At low concentrations of salt,
DNA binds avidly to DEAE-
cellulose membranes.
Fragments of DNA are
electrophoresed in a standard
agarose gel until they resolve
adequately. One then makes a
slit in the gel slightly ahead
of the fragment(s) of interest
and resumes electrophoresis
until all of that fragment has
migrated and stuck onto the

Electrophoresis onto DEAE-

cellulose membranes
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The membrane is then removed, washed free
of agarose in low salt buffer (150 mM NaCl, 50
mM Tris, 10 mM EDTA), then incubated for
about 30 minutes at 65 C in high salt buffer (1
M NaCl, 50 mM Tris, 10 mM EDTA) to elute the
Progress in binding DNA to the membrane and
eluting it can be monitored with UV light to
detect the ethidium bromide bound to DNA.
After elution, DNA is precipitated with ethanol.
This procedure is simple and provides very
clean DNA. However, fragments larger than
about 5 kb do not elute well from the

Electrophoresis onto DEAE-

cellulose membranes
 Forsome purposes, eg. sequencing by
Maxam-Gilbert procedure. It is
necessary to obtain separated stands of
fragment of DNA. Often this can be
achieved by electrophoresis of
denatured DNA through neutral
 Thestrands of DNA fragment less than
1kb in length are separated on
polyacrilamide gel.
 Polyacrylamidegel necessary to obtain
separated the each nucleotide of DNA

Strand-separating Gels
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A commonly-used means of recovering DNA
from polyacrylamide gels is by the so-called
"crush and soak" method. The slice of
polyacrylamide containing DNA is crushed in a
microcentrifuge using a plastic pipet tip, and
incubated with constant shaking in elution buffer
(high salt) at 37ºC for several hours. The
polyacrylamide pieces are then eliminated by
centrifugation or by passing the mixture through
a plug of siliconized glass wool. Finally, DNA is
recovered by ethanol precipitation.
 DNA can also be recovered from polyacrylamide
by use of certain types of silica gel particles, as
described above for recovery from agarose.
However, small (< 100 bp) fragments of DNA
are very difficult to elute from standard glass

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 Ideally, the DNA should separate in straight lanes to
simplify lane-to-lane comparisons.
 The original pulsed-field systems used inhomogeneous
electric fields that did not produce straight lanes, making
interpretation of gels difficult (Schwartz and Cantor, 1984).
 Again, the simplest approach to straight lanes is FIGE,
which uses parallel electrodes to assure a homogeneous
electric field.
 Although extremely useful for separating relatively small
DNA, 4- 1,000 kb (fig. 2),
 FIGE's reorientation angle of 180ø results in a separation
range most useful under 2,000 kb. Furthermore, like other
PFGE techniques, FIGE has mobility inversions in which
larger DNA can move ahead of smaller DNA during

Pulse-field gel Electrophoresis

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pulsed-field gel
Switching between two orientations: the
larger the DNA is, the longer it takes to

PFGE System: Electrode

Figure 1:Electrode
configuration of
commonly used
pulsed field gel

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Figure 2. Increased
separation of the 20-50 kb
range with field inversion
gel electrophoresis (FIGE).
Run conditions: 230 V, 7.9
V/cm, 16 hrs., 50 msec.
pulse, forward:reverse
pulse ratio = 2.5:1, 1%
GTG agarose, 0.5X TBE, 10
C.a) 1 kb ladder, 0.5-12 kb;
b) Lambda/Hind III, 0.5-23
kb; and c) High molecular
weight markers, 8.3-48.5

PFGE Result
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