Improvements to sequence- and ligation-independent cloning (SLIC) greatly increase its efficiency for difficult inserts.
Sequence- and ligation-independent cloning (SLIC) is a seamless cloning method that exploits the exonuclease activity of T4 DNA polymerase to expose single-stranded regions at the ends of a linearized vector and a PCR-amplified insert to allow the complementary annealing of these regions. In one-step SLIC, the insert and linearized vector are mixed together with the T4 DNA polymerase in a single tube, incubated for 2.5 min at room temperature, and then transformed into competent bacteria. While this simple and cost-effective method works well, it can be inefficient for certain inserts.
To overcome this problem, researchers led by Jung-Hyun Lee and Jae-Yeon Jeong, the developers of one-step SLIC, have now optimized the method. The team tested reducing the duration of T4 DNA polymerase treatment down to 5 seconds over a range of temperatures and found that a 30 second treatment at 50°C resulted in high cloning efficiency for inserts with homology regions that are <20 bases and form strong secondary structures.
Written By Patrick C.H. Lo
Updated 22 March, 2019
Source Mohammad Nazrul Islam, Kyeong Won Lee, Hyung-Soon Yim, Seong Hyuk Lee, Hae Chang Jung, Jung-Hyun Lee, and Jae-Yeon Jeong. Optimizing T4 DNA polymerase conditions enhances the efficiency of one-step sequence- and ligation-independent cloning. BioTechniques 63:125-130 (September 2017) doi 10.2144/000114588