The Eluator™ Vacuum Elution Device provides a fast, convenient way to elute plasmid DNA when using a vacuum method for plasmid purification. The Eluator™ device is designed to eliminate the need for table-top centrifugation and transfer of eluted DNA from a larger tube by direct elution into a 1.5ml microtube using a vacuum. The device also reduces the amount of dead volume of elution buffer caused by hydration of the DNA-binding membrane, allowing increased concentration and yield of the purified plasmid DNA sample. This quality also allows the user to use lower elution volumes more effectively.
Often, the researcher must choose between maximizing plasmid DNA yields or maximizing plasmid DNA concentrations based on the downstream application. Typically, larger elution volumes added to the DNA binding membrane produce larger recovered yields, but result in lower concentrations. We tested the effects of decreasing elution volumes on plasmid DNA concentration and yield using the Eluator™ Vacuum Elution Device with the PureYield™ Midiprep System.
"The Eluator™ Vacuum Elution Device is designed to eliminate the need for table-top centrifugation and transfer of eluted DNA from a larger tube by direct elution into a 1.5ml microtube."
One liter of Luria Broth (LB) containing 100mg/ml ampicillin was inoculated with Single Step (KRX) Competent Cells containing the high-copy pluc2-control-pA plasmid and grown for approximately 20 hours at 37°C. Bacterial pellets were obtained from 50ml of culture by centrifugation at 5,000 × g for 10 minutes. Plasmid DNA was purified using the PureYield™ Plasmid Midiprep System following the standard DNA purification protocol with the Vac-Man® Laboratory Vacuum Manifold. Recommended volumes for plasmid DNA elution are 400–600µl. Plasmid DNA was eluted using the Eluator™ Vacuum Elution Device with the following volumes of nuclease-free water (in triplicate): 200µl, 300µl 400µ, 500µl and 600µl. Final elution volumes were recorded. Concentrations and yields were calculated from absorbance at 260nm using a NanoDrop spectrophotometer. Purity was calculated from absorbance at 260nm/280nm and 260nm/230nm.
The samples eluted with the Eluator™ using lower elution volumes resulted in higher concentrations of DNA but lower yields due to the decreased elution volume. Figure 1 lists average DNA yield and concentration based on the elution volume added. The A260/A280 and A260/A230 ratios of all samples were >1.80, indicative of high DNA purity (data not shown).
The 200µl and 300µl volumes of elution buffer were not able to completely cover the DNA binding membrane prior to elution. This indicates that a portion of the plasmid DNA bound to the membrane was not in contact with the elution buffer and thus was not efficiently eluted from the membrane. On average, approximately 125µl of elution buffer was retained on the membrane regardless of the volume used. As elution volumes decreased, a larger percentage of DNA bound to the membrane was left behind on the membrane. Thus, eluates had decreased volumes, leading to lower overall yields.
Using lower elution volumes than the recommended 400–600µl for the PureYield™ Midiprep System with the Eluator™ Vacuum Elution Device led to higher DNA concentrations,but lower overall yields. This can be beneficial when higher DNA concentrations are preferred over higher yields for downstream applications such as transfection, cell-free transcription/translation, and sequencing.