African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5210

Full Length Research Paper

Rapid mini-prep isolation of high quality small and large plasmids from phytopathogenic Gram negative bacteria

Abdullah A. Al-Arfaj1, Khalid A. A. Abdelrahim1,2*, Sobhy M Yakout3 and Sherif, H. Abd-Alrahman3
1Botany and Microbiology Department, College of Science, King Saud University, PO Box,  2455, Riyadh, 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 2Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag 82524, Egypt. 3Biochemistry Department, College of Science, King Saud University, PO Box, 2455, Riyadh, 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 March 2013
  •  Published: 09 April 2013


A simple and cheap method of plasmid DNA preparation from phytopathogenic Gram-negative bacteria (Xanthomonad, Erwinia stewartii) is presented here. In this method, in place of the high-priced chemicals and commercial kits, available and cheap chemicals were used for rapid isolation of small and large plasmids from different Gram negative bacteria. The time also was reduced by using this method giving a high quality plasmid production as demonstrated on the agarose gel, which make this method be used on a preparative scale to isolate sufficient quantities of plasmid DNA required for restriction analysis, cloning, or transformation experiments. A down scaled- protocol is also very useful for rapidly screening the wild plasmids in a large numbers of bacterial isolates in the experiments where hundreds of colonies should be screened for their plasmid contents such as in studying plasmid curing; antibiotic and heavy metal resistant bacteria or; xenobiotic compound degrading bacteria.


Key words: Plasmid, DNA, Erwinia, Xanthomonas, curing.


Xcm, Xanthomonascampestrispv. Malvacearum; TAE, Tris-acetate EDTA; GSPB, GöttingerSammlungphytopathologenerBakterien; SDS, sodium dodecylsulphate; KDS, potassium dodecyl sulfate.