Strategies for Rescuing Plasmid DNA from Yeast Two-Hybrid Colonies

  • Alyson Byrd
  • René St-Arnaud
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 177)


Once a yeast colony has been identified as containing a target plasmid insert of interest (as determined by growth on His medium and a positive [blue] β-galactosidase assay; see  Chapter 6), it becomes necessary to isolate the correct insert-containing plasmid. Isolating the plasmid DNA from yeast is not a trivial task, for several reasons. First, there is always contamination of the plasmid DNA by yeast genomic DNA since the isolation method breaks the yeast chromosomes. Second, most plasmids used tend to be large (>6 kb) and have a low copy number (∼50/cell), frequently resulting in low plasmid yields. And, finally, unlike bacteria, yeast are capable of replicating more than one plasmid at a time, making it difficult to identify the one containing the relevant insert. Thus, multiple steps are necessary to isolate the single insert-containing plasmid responsible for the interaction and activation and then to prepare it for analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alyson Byrd
    • 1
  • René St-Arnaud
    • 1
  1. 1.Genetics UnitShriners Hospital for ChildrenMontrealCanada

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