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Report of DNA isolation, restriction, visualitation, and quantification

Percobaan Isolasi, Pemotongan, Visusalisasi, dan penghitungan DNA

Written by:

Sonianto kuddi (40420060017)

Barto minggu using (4112006001)

Dewa Komang Tri Mahayana (40420060028)

Dewa made dwi kamayuda (40420060027)


Pelita Harapan University

Faculty of education – Teachers College

Lippo village


DNA Asolation, Restriction, Visualization, and Quantification

I. Aim

1. To know how to isolate DNA using simple materials

2. To study the way of writing notation of restricted enzyme and the various restricted anzyme

3. To study the cutting process of DNA by restricted enzyme

4. To study the basic technique of gel electrophoresys.

5. To study how to visualize and quantify DNA

II. Introduction

a. DNA

DNA is nucleate acid that contains genetic material and functions to manage the
development of all forms of biological life on mobile. DNA found in the nucleus, mitochondria
and chloroplast. Differences between the three are: DNA and linear-shaped nucleus associate
very closely with the histon protein, whereas DNA mitochondria and chloroplast shape circular
and not associate with protein histon. In addition, DNA mitochondria and chloroplast typically,
the only hand that nature come from the mother. This is very different from the DNA nucleus
that has a pattern of inheritance of both the nature of parents. View from its organism, prokaryote
structure of DNA with different DNA structures eukaryote.

b. Overview of DNA isolation technique

DNA does not have prokaryote protein histon and shaped circular, whereas linear DNA
eukaryote shaped and has a protein histon. DNA structure has torsion rope double anti pararel
with the components, namely sugar pentose (deoksiribosa), phosphate group, pair and base. Base
pair on the DNA consists of two kinds, namely purin and pirimidin. 'Purin consists of adenin (A)
and guanine (G) which has the structure of the double-ring, while pirimidin of cytosine (C) and
timin (T) which has a single-ring structure. When Guanine binds with Cytosine, so will the three
hydrogen bonds, while when Adenin binds with Timin will then only two hydrogen bonds. One

component builders (building block) DNA consists of a sugar pentosa, a phosphate group and
one pair is called nucleotide base.

c. Restricted enzyme (endonucleus, exonucleus)

This age is usually called the age of molecular biology because studying an organism
genome is the one of the most popular research in scientist ream. But the problem they are faced
is how to reproducibly cut a genome’s DNA into fragments that were small enough to handle? It
was a significant problem. So many methods have been tried to isolate DNA and then randomly
cut it up using chemical or mechanical means. Unfortunately, this random cutting was not a
satisfactory way to obtain smaller pieces of DNA, since it was impossible to tell what the
original order of the DNA fragments were, an important point since the specific order of DNA is
essential for its function. The biologists were stuck.

It was discovered that a type of bacterial enzyme was found to have the ability to cut
DNA. It was named as restriction endonuclease because they cut double stranded DNA at
restricted sites, were discovered as a natural part of the bacterial machinery. In a bacterial cell,
restriction endonucleases (often referred to as restriction enzymes) act as a kind of immune
system, protecting the cell from the invasion of foreign DNA, as would occur when a virus
attempted to infect a bacterial cell.

d. Gel electrophoresis

Garose gel electrophoresis is an easy way to separate DNA fragments by their sizes and
visualize them. The technique of electrophoresis is based on the fact that DNA is negatively
charged at neutral pH due to its phosphate backbone. For this reason, when an electrical potential
is placed on the DNA it will move toward the positive pole:

To pour a gel, agarose powder is mixed with electrophoresis buffer to the desired
concentration, then heated in a microwave oven until completely melted. After cooling the
solution, it is poured into a casting tray containing a sample comb and allowed to solidify at

After the gel has solidified, the comb is removed, using care not to rip the bottom of the
wells. The gel, still in its plastic tray, is inserted horizontally into the electrophoresis chamber
and just covered with buffer. Samples containing DNA mixed with loading buffer are then
pipeted into the sample wells, the lid and power leads are placed on the apparatus, and a current
is applied. DNA will migrate towards the positive electrode, which is usually colored red. The
distance DNA has migrated in the gel can be judged by visually monitoring migration of the
tracking dyes. When adequate migration has occured, DNA fragments are visualized by staining
with ethidium bromide. This fluorescent dye intercalates between bases of DNA and RNA. It is
often incorporated into the gel so that staining occurs during electrophoresis, but the gel can also
be stained after electrophoresis by soaking in a dilute solution of ethidium bromide. To visualize
DNA or RNA, the gel is placed on a ultraviolet transilluminator.

e. The quantification of DNA concentration

This is the formula used to quantify the DNA concentration.

In this quantification, we will have λ DNA hind III which serves as standar quantification
to find the concentration by comparing them in ratio the intensisty/ brightness of light (fragment
molecule of DNA) produced as result of electrophoresis by UV ray

III. Tools, Materials and Procedures

Samples, detergent, regular buffer, meat tenderizer, ethanol 96%, enzyme EcoRI, HIndIII,
λ DNA, 1 Kb ladder, DNA sample, water, buffer R, buffer EcoRI, micropipette, microtube,
loading dye, gel 1 %, UV Transilluminator, Enlenmeyer flask, agar, running buffer, loading
buffer (loading dye), parafilm paper, spatula, balance, electrophoresis tray, electrophosis tank,
comb, and microwave.


DNA Isolation

Sample is crushed into pieces by using scissors, and then the sample is put into a tube and
added with buffer 50 μl. The mixture is crushed again by using the edge of tips. Regular buffer as
much as 350 μl and 150 μl of detergent are added into the mixture and vortexed for a minute.
Sample and buffer are incubated at the temperature of 65 0 C for 15 minutes. Add 1 ml of ethanol
96%, the tube is turned upside down, and then incubated at the temperature 0f -200 for 30
minutes. By using a tootpick, lift the DNA precipitation whick looks like a soft thread.

DNA restriction

The composition of the cutting

Enzyme (10μ/μl) 1 μl

Buffer 10 x 2μl

Sample (2μg/μl) 5μl

Water 12 μl

Total Volume 20 μl

All the solution is put into 1.5 ml microtube, and then tapped so that the solution is
mixtured evenly. The mixture is briefly dicentifugated by using spindown. The mixture is
incubated for an hour at the temperature of 370 C.

C. DNA Visualization
DNA as a result of restriction is analyzed in gel elektrophoresis 1%. To rpoduce 1 % the
gel, 0.4 mg agar is needed and then it is dissolved in 40 ml running buffer. Agar is dissolved by
heating it in microwave. As soon as agar dissolved, gel is shaped in electrophoresis tray and gel
comb. Let the gel harden for about an hour. The hardened gel is then put on electrophoresis tank
and filled with running buffer; afterwards gel comb is lifted up from gel, to form well. Running
buffer is filled until the gel is sunk.

Parafilm paper is prepared as media to mix the DNA sample and loading dye. As much as
10 μl of DNA sample is mixed with 2 μl loadin dye. The mixing is done by using micropipette.
Having been homogen, the mixture is loaded into well. Gel is given electic current as much as
100 volt for 20 minutes. Afterwards, gel is soaked for 15 minutes in Ethidium bromide. DNA
agar will glow is seen through UV ray.

D. DNA Qualification

The result of DNA electroforesis is then photographed under the UV ray and the
concentration of DNA sample is analyzed. DNA concentration is gained by comparing the
tighness and intensity of the brightness of the thread of DNA marker (λ Hind III) with the DNA
sample. The comparison result is shown through ratio of the comparison. Based on the
comparison ration then the DNA concentration can be quantified by using the formula as

IV. Result and discussion

A. DNA isolation

DNA isolations technique generally:

There are two principles in conducting DNA isolation, namely centrifuges and
precipitation. Centrifuges main principle is to separate substances based on molecular weight
species in a way to provide centrifugal force so that the substance of the more serious will be in
basic, while the substance of a more light will be located at the top. Centrifuges techniques are
performed in a machine called centrifuges with the engine speed is varied, for example, 2500

To isolate the DNA there are 5 techniques that are able to use for it, such us Tissue
isolation, Membrane and cell wall are removed, Extraction of solution, Purification, and
Precipitation. First step which can be done by isolating tissue that we want to use, it is Blood.
The next step is removing membrane and cell wall by using blood cell solution. After the
incubate blood which has been mixed and centrifugation in 10 minutes long at speeds of 2500
rpm. Next supernatant that is created will be removed and then be done in the extraction solvent.
It aims to be obtained extracts nucleus white blood cell.

The next stage is purification. This stage aims to clean the white blood cells from other
substances-substances, and the last stage, namely precipitation, has aims to precipitate protein
histon, so that the strand-strand DNA is no longer round up (coiling) and bind with histon
protein, which causes DNA to become visible. Tissue isolation step is to isolate the white blood
cell tissue, so the blood which contains complete component need to be separated one another so
that blood cell still exists. Because of that, the tube that is containing blood was given blood cell
pelisses solution that is hypertonic solution. Because the solution is hypotonic, it will happen
hemolytic. Pelisses solvent red blood cells consist of EDTA (ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid),
which will form a complex (chelate) the metal ion, such as Mg2 + which is a cofactor DNAse.

Next tube be inverted with the movement to play the 8-digit form that integrates with the
solution can be perfect for 10 minutes. Blood was mixed with pelisses red blood cells and
centrifugation for 10 minutes at speeds of 2500 rpm, and then supernatant will be removed. To
remove cell membrane and the nucleus membrane of white blood cells isolated before, given the
solution pelisses white blood cells consisting of EDTA and SDS (Sodium Dodecyl sulfate) that
serves to damage the lipid in the cell membrane so that it can be destroy the leukocyte. The next
stage is namely purification. Purification aims to clean the white blood cells from other
substances-substances; to earlier in the solution and then given RNAse and incubated for 15
minutes at a temperature of 37 ° C. This work aims to optimize the enzyme that is strongly
influenced by temperature.

The next step is precipitation. Precipitation step is done by dropping the protein
precipitation solution, the aims by doing this is to homogeneous the solution. Protein
precipitation solution consists of ammonium acetate. Where if its bind with protein will be
produce the new compound that has lower solubility, so that it can cause protein precipitation.
After that, using centrifugation again by using its solution in 15 minutes at speeds of 3000 rpm.
Supernatant containing the DNA and then poured into a tube containing isopropanol and cold
tube be inverted back to the figure 8. Giving isopropanol has aim for DNA visualization. Then
again tubes for 5 minutes with a speed of 3000 are sentrifugated.

The result of sentrifugaiton is the occurring of stratified DNA at the bottom of the tube.
After that the stratified will be mixed with 70% of ethanol solution and be inverted. Giving
ethanol aims to clean up DNA from the polluters, after the mixed of solution, then the tube is
sentrifugated again during 5 minutes long with a speed 3000 rpm. The end result is the DNA that
is located on the edge basic tube. Last step is by giving the Tris-EDTA which aims to soluble
again DNA for preservasi step.

Function of the solutions

Buffer solution (NACL and baking soda)

NaCl has a important role in separate or removes protein and carbohydrate in DNA and
also has a function as lysing buffer. NaCl is also used to solve the DNA, because of DNA
consist of ion Na+ which is conceived by the NaCl that is able to be a blocker (form binding)
with negative DNA phosphate pole that is usually cause the attraction or throw of the molecule
one another so that at the same time when the Na + ion form the binding of negative DNA
phosphate pole, DNA will get together. So obviously seen that beside to remove the protein and
carbohydrate and stabilize PH, NaCl also helps the process of density effect of DNA, while the

baking soda function is to reduce the acidity of solution, and also be able to remove the carbon
dioxide (Co2). Giving ethanol aims to clean up DNA from the polluters.


Has a function to remove barrier cells as a substitute for the chemical compound that is
capable of damaging the cell wall and membrane, among other lisozim can digest compound that
causes stiffness polymeric cells endiamin tetra and ethyl acetate (EDTA) which serves to remove
the Mg2 + ion is important to maintain overall structure of the jacket cells, and prevent enzymes
which can damage cellular DNA (Mg2 + ion is important for cofactor that DNAse usual "eat"
DNA). Detergent can cause damage to the cell membrane lipid and protein emulsified cells and
interrupts the interaction of polar cell membrane to unite as detergent containing disodium EDTA
and lauryl sulfate which have the same functionality with dodesil sulfate.

Treatment given

Samples were small with the scissors, and then inserted into the tube. After that tubes are
mixed with 50μl of buffer solution. After that the mixture is destroyed again by using the tip of a
thin object. Regular buffer as much as 350μl and 150 of detergent are added into the mixture and
vortexed for a minute. After that, sample and buffer are incubated at the temperature of 65 0 C
during 15 minutes. Add 1ml of ethanol, and turned upside down, and then incubated at
temperature of 200 for thirty minutes. Using a toothpick, lift precipitation DNA and DNA visible
as fine threads of colored tape on the cornea stem toothpick.

Result of practicum

From the experiment conducted, we got a result that is threadlike DNA-fine white thread
and stick close enough to the mixer shaft.

B. DNA restriction

How Restriction Enzymes Work and are Used

The way the enzymes cutting DNA is varied. Some of them cut the foreign DNA
randomly. While others recognize a particular DNA recognition sequence and then either cut
within this DNA sequence or several nucleotides away from it. Where a restriction endonuclease
cuts within a DNA molecule is one of the primary characteristics by which it is classified.

These enzymes bind to DNA at any position and then travel along the strand of DNA
until they reach a recognition sequence. Tight binding of the enzyme at the recognition site
causes its structure to change, bringing the parts of the enzyme necessary for DNA cleavage into
close proximity of the DNA strand. Once accomplished the “backbone” of the DNA molecule
can be cut to produce two DNA fragments from one (see Figure 2). It is the recognition sites that
provide the key to how one DNA fragment can be cut into two in a specific manner. These sites
can vary in size; with some restriction endonucleases recognizing sequence motifs in DNA that
are four nucleotides long, while others recognizing sequences that are twenty nucleotides long.

The nucleotide pattern that is recognized by different restriction enzymes is quite

variable, although it is frequently palindromic. A palindromic sequence is the same when read in

5′ to 3′ direction on either complementary strand of DNA, an example being the palindromic
sequence recognized by the restriction enzyme known as EcoRI (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. An EcoRI restriction enzyme.

EcoRI recognizes a six-nucleotide pattern that reads GAATTC from the 5′ to the 3′ end of
the DNA molecule. The complement of this sequence (on opposite DNA strand) also reads
GAATTC when read from 5′ to 3′. In figure 2 you can see an illustration of an EcoRI molecule
binding to and cleaving a strand of DNA, here you can see the palindromic recognition for the
molecule. In this scenario the cleavage of the DNA molecule by EcoRI is symmetrical-with the
enzyme cutting at the same point inside the sequence (between the G and the A when reading 5′
to 3′) on both strands.

An important feature of this cleavage is the “overhanging” ends of the DNA molecule
that are produced. These overhangs are often referred to as “sticky ends,” since they can bind, or
stick, to a complementary sequence of DNA (in this case 5′-AATT-3′). This stickiness is often
utilized in the process of DNA cloning to help the adhesion of two DNA fragments.


1. EcoRI = 10μ/μl > 0.2 μl + 0.8 μl > 0.5 μl

2. Hind III = 10μ/μl > 0.2 μl + 0.8 μl > 0.5 μl

1 unit = 1μg DNA, I hour, 370 c 50 μl of recommended buffer

λ DNA = o,3 μg /μl } > is cut by using two enzymes above

• λDNA = 3μl ● λDNA = 3 μl

• Enzyme = 0.5 μl ●Enzyme 1 = 0.5 μl

● Buffer = 2 μl ●Enzyme 2 = 0.5 μl

• Water =14.5 μl + ●Buffer = 2 μl

=20 μl ●Water =14 μl +

= 20 μl

Number of Recognition
Recognition Sequencea
Enzyme Source Sequences per Chromosome of
and Cleavage Sitesb
Phage λ SV40 Virus

Escherichia coli
EcoRI 5 1
strain RY13 CTT AAG

Haemophilus GTPy PuAC

HincII 34 7
influenza strain Rc CAPu PyTG

HindIII 6 6
influenza strain Rd TTC GAA

Haemophilus C C GG
HpaII 750 1
parainfluenza GG C C

Arthrobacter AG CT
AluI 143 34
luteus TC GA

C. DNA visualization

1. Function of materials:


• Samples of λ DNA Hind III, Escherichia coli, frog, corn, onion, and plastic.

• Gel 1%: 0.4 mg agar and dissolve in 40 ml running buffer.

• Agarose: A long chain polysaccaride isolated from seaweed. It is similar to collagen in

that when it is heated (to dissolve it) and then cooled it forms a matrix (gel) with buffer
solution trapped inside and as a solid substrate to contain culture medium for
microbiological work.

• Running buffer: Buffer solutions are used as a means of keeping pH at a nearly constant
value in a wide variety of chemical applications and provide ions to support conductivity.

• Loading dye: to enable tracking the progress of the electrophoresis.

• Ethidium bromide: When exposed to ultraviolet light, it will fluoresce with an orange

• UV lamp or UV lightbox or other method to visualize DNA in the gel, which is used to
visualize ethidium bromide-stained DNA in gels.

• Power Supply: electric.


• Microwave: to heat and keep the certain temperature.

• Electrophoresis tray: used to shape the gel poured.

• Gel comb: around which molten agarose is poured to form sample wells in the gel.

• Parafilm paper: is used to mix DNA sample and loading dye.

• Micropipette: to mixture substances.

• Nitrile rubber gloves: protect us from danger chemicals.

2. Result of electrophoresis:

D. DNA Quantification

The result of DNA electroforesis is then photographed under the UV ray and the
concentration of DNA sample is analyzed. DNA concentration is gained by comparing the
tighness and intensity of the brightness of the thread of DNA marker (λ Hind III) with the DNA
sample. The comparison result is shown through ratio of the comparison. Based on the
comparison ration then the DNA concentration can be quantified by using the formula as

• Marker size = 23.130

• Marker concentration = 0.045 μg/μl (0.000045 ηg/μl)

• μl marker = 10 μl

• Total size of marker = 48.5

• μl sample = 5 μl

This is the DNA quantification result gained based on the formula used above:

Row Sample Concentration ng/μl

1 Λ DNA Hind III 0.000042922

2 Eschericia coli 0.000007154

3 Corn 0.00001073

4 Onion 0.00001073

5 Plasmid 0.000014307

Note. In this experiment, λ DNA hind III serves as a standard measurement.

1. Eschericia coli

2. Corn

3. Onion

4. Plastic

V. Conclusion
To isolate the DNA there are 5 techniques that are able to use for it, such us Tissue
isolation, Membrane and cell wall are removed, Extraction of solution, Purification, and
The function of the solution in DNA isolation:

NaCl has a important role in separate or removes protein and carbohydrate in DNA and
also has a function as lysing buffer, remove the protein and carbohydrate and stabilize PH, NaCl
also helps the process of density effect of DNA, while the baking soda function is to reduce the
acidity of solution, and also be able to remove the carbon dioxide (Co2). Giving ethanol aims to
clean up DNA from the polluters.

Enzyme restriction is the enzyme that cut double stranded DNA at restricted sites so that
we could obtain smaller pieces of DNA and it help us in observation. There are many kinds of
enzyme restriction and each of them has varied ways in cutting DNA such as EcoRI produced by
Escherichia coli strain RY13, HincII produced by Haemophilus influenza strain Rc, HindIII from
Haemophilus influenza strain Rd, HpaII from Haemophilus parainfluenza and AluI from
Arthrobacter luteus.

Gel electrophoresis is a powerful tool for the separation of macromolecules with different
sizes and chares. DNA molecules have an essentially constant charge per unit mass; thus, they
separate in agarose and acrylamide gels almost entirely on the basis of size or conformation.

Techniques of gel electrophoresis until visualization are (1) prepare a semisolid

agarose gel with wells for DNA samples. (2) Remove comb and sealing tape after agarose
solidifies, and place gel in the electrophoresis chamber. (3) Load DNA solutions in wells of gel.
(4). Attach power supply and begin electrophoresis. (5) Remove gel from chamber, stain with
ethidium bromide, and photograph under UV illumination.

DNA quantification can be done by comparing (in ratio) the fragment of DNA molecule
produced by UV ray. Light intensity produced by those DNA molecules, differenciate the length
of the DNA strain. The DNA which does not have any band like frog in this case tells us that it
does not have any DNA quantification.

VI. Appendix

A glass plate is used eventually to receive the gel you make. This must be sealed at all
borders with tape to prevent the liquid gel from leaking out.

A buffer solution is used this acts as a conductor for the electrical current that will
eventually be used. Prepare an adequate amount of this buffer solution to fill the electrophoresis
tank and to prepare the gel.

Heat the agarose solution in a microwave oven and allow all of the grains to dissolve.
This will only happen with heat.

Place the plate and gel in the electrophoresis tank till it is covered by approximately 2mm
of solution. The tops of the wells made by the comb should be submerged.

Mix the prepared samples and controls with the correct amount of loading buffer and
pipette it carefully into the wells made previously by the comb.
(All those pictures are taken from Karen Braun, New Mexico state University,

The finished gel, after having been fully processed can be viewed for results under a UV
light. These can then be identified, distances calculated and the results used in a myriad of ways
from mapping a gene to helping decide which species is the more viable to keep and try to

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