Genomic DNA Isolation – Geoduck Adductor Muscle & Foot

Previously isolated gDNA from these tissues on 20150828. However, found out after the isolations that BGI needs >73μg of gDNA for the genome sequencing project, which is significantly more than I obtained previously.

Isolated gDNA from Panopea generosa (geoduck) adductor muscle & foot samples collected by Brent & Steven on 20150811 using the DNAzol (Molecular Research Center) according to the manufacturer’s protocol, with the following adjustments:

  • 58.8mg of adductor muscle 1
  • 84.0mg of adductor muscle 2
  • 70.3mg of foot 1
  • 95.1mg of foot 2
  • Tissues homogenized in 750μL of DNAzol with disposable mortar/pestle tubes using 10 pestle strokes
  • After homogenization, topped off tubes to 1000μL with DNAzol and incubated @ RT for 10mins.
  • Performed optional centrifugation step (10,000g, 10mins @ RT)
  • Initial pellet wash was performed using a 70%/30% DNAzol/EtOH
  • Pellets were resuspended in 200μL of Buffer EB (Qiagen)
  • Insoluble material was pelleted (12,000g, 10mins @ RT) and supe transferred to new tubes

Spec’d on Roberts Lab NanoDrop1000 (ThermoFisher) and stored temporarily at 4C to avoid freeze-thawing before sending off for sequencing next week.




There was a great deal of insoluble material from the get-go that was carried through the entire isolation.

Overall, the 260/280 ratios look pretty good, but the 260/230 ratios are just trash. As can be seen in the plots above, there is clearly significant absorbance in the 230 – 250nm, suggesting some contaminant carryover (phenol/salt). Oddly, the side-by-side isolations from two different collections of the same tissue type yielded drastically different quantities of gDNA than each other.

Will evaluate gDNA integrity on agarose gel.

Total yield from this isolation is still far below the minimum quantity of gDNA needed for the sequencing project. Will need to perform another round of gDNA isolation.

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