NZYEasy Cloning & Expression kit IV (MB321)


Description: NZYEasy Cloning & Expression kit IV was designed to allow directional cloning of any PCR-generated fragment or synthetic gene into the linearized pHTP4 Escherichia coli expression vector (contains the disulfide-bond isomerase DsbC as fusion tag for expression of disulfide bond-containing proteins). Cloning proceeds in a single ligase-independent reaction mediated by the NZYEasy enzyme mix. Vector-complementary overhangs containing a specific sequence recognized by the NZYEasy enzyme are incorporated in the PCR product by using primers with appropriate 5’ extensions. When you combine the insert thus generated with the linearized pHTP4 vector, also containing complementary overhangs, in the presence of NZYEasy enzyme mix, the two DNA molecules will anneal through base-pair complementation of the single-strand regions. The reaction occurs in a single-tube along three temperature-dependent steps. Circular recombinant vector containing the fragment of interest is obtained by transforming the annealed plasmid DNA into competent E. coli cells. The system allows achieving high cloning efficiency (80-100%) and does not require the use of DNA ligases. In addition, no further treatment (e.g. restriction digestion, phosphorylation, or blunt-end polishing) of the inserts is required. Cloning is performed using conventional E. coli strains. Once pHTP4 recombinant plasmid has been constructed and its sequence confirmed it should be used to transform λDE3 E. coli lysogens, such as BL21(DE3), for high levels of protein expression.

This kit has been successfully used in high-throughput (HTP) platforms for the efficient cloning and expression of a large number of genes at a scale compatible with the functional screen of hundreds to thousands of genes/proteins.

– Ligase-independent cloning
– Time-saving and cost-effective method
– No additional treatment of the PCR fragments required (e.g. restriction digestion, phosphorylation or blunt-end polishing)
– High cloning efficiencies
– Directional cloning
– Possibility to clone multiple inserts simultaneously into one vector
– Compatibility with automation and high-throughput methods
– Suitable for both cloning or bacterial protein expression
– Recombinant proteins are expressed in fusion with DsbC that promotes periplasmic isomerization of disulfide-bonds

– Cloning of blunt-end or A-overhangs PCR products
– Bacterial protein expression (Escherichia coli)

Protocol overview:

Cloning method: Ligase-independent
Cloning reaction time: 80 min
Compatible vectors: pHTP4 (provided)
Storage conditions: Store at -20 °C or at -80 °C
Shipping conditions: Shipped at 4 ºC to dry ice

– 10x Reaction Buffer
– NZYEasy enzyme mix
– Linearized pHTP4 vector
– Positive control

pHTP4, expression vector map
Product Brochure EN
NZYEasy Cloning Expression System User Guide
Manual for Multiple Fragment Cloning using pHTP vectors
Certificate of Analysis ZN091
Certificate of Analysis YO101
Certificate of Analysis YO091
Certificate of Analysis NM022
Certificate of Analysis NM021
NZYEasy Cloning Method Figure 1. Schematic representation of the cloning procedure following NZYEasy Cloning & Expression kits. After amplification with primers that include overhangs to append to the gene-specific sequence, PCR insert is treated with NZYEasy enzyme mix to promote annealing of the insert to the linearized HTP vector containing complementary ends
 Multiple_cloning Figure 2. Illustration of multiple fragment cloning using the NZYEasy Cloning & Expression System. The figure exemplifies the cloning of three PCR-generated inserts (fragments 1, 2 and 3) into a pHTP vector using NZYEasy enzyme mix. Complementary sequences required to correctly assemble the full length nucleic acid are highlighted in light green, dark blue, magenta and dark green

1. What are the benefits of this method compared to classical cloning methods?
NZYEasy Cloning & Expression System relies on a simple reaction that enables the assembly of DNA inserts into a cloning or an expression vector in a precise and predetermined order. No insert phosphorylation, blunt-end polishing or digestion is required, thus making the NZYEasy Cloning & Expression System fast when compared to classical cut and ligation methods. Furthermore, cloning can be achieved either directly using blunt-ended or Taq-generated PCR products. The cloning is performed in a single reaction with high efficiencies compared to traditional methods, even when simultaneously clone multiple inserts into one vector.

2. Is it necessary to purify PCR products?
Spin-column purification of PCR products is highly recommended to remove dNTPs and impurities resulting from the amplification. Presence of non-specific amplification products and/or primer-dimers requires gel-purification of the amplified nucleic acid, which will enhance cloning efficiencies.

3. To amplify the insert, do I need to use PCR primers that have been purified by PAGE or HPLC?
No, you can use standard, desalted primers.

4. The insert will be cloned in reading-frame into pHTP vectors?
Yes. Inserts correctly cloned into pHTP1 expression vector will maintain reading frames starting on the ATG codon.

5. What type of competent cells is suitable to transform DNA clones obtained from the ligase-independent cloning reaction?
We recommend using E. coli DH5α (NZYTech, cat. No. MB004) as a host for cloning. Regarding expression, all E. coli strains expressing the gene that codifies for T7 RNA polymerase, such as BL21(DE3) (NZYTech, cat. No. MB006), are suitable to use.

6. Can other vectors be used instead of pHTP vectors?
No. pHTP vectors were designed to contain the required insert-complementary overhangs generated by PCR, as well as the specific sequence recognized by the NZYEasy enzyme mix. In theory, any vector can be converted into a “pHTP vector” to function with the NZYEasy Cloning & Expression System. In case vectors available in our pHTP portfolio do not fit your needs, please contact us at Other solubility tags can easily be included in the pHTP1 backbone and other vectors can be engineered to be used with this system. The NZYTech R&D team is available to assist you in case of need.

7. It is possible to clone many different inserts into one vector?
Yes, the NZYEasy Cloning & Expression System allows multiple fragment cloning into one pHTP vector. DNA fragments will be correctly annealed together in the desired order on the pHTP vector through the action of the highly efficient NZYEasy enzyme mix, free of any DNA ligase. Just combine the PCR-generated fragments with appropriate complementary overhangs, by allowing assembling in the order you choose, and a linearized pHTP vector. Both first and last inserts should have overhangs complementary with respective ends of the vector, thereby allowing efficient cloning. Each DNA fragment, encoding for an individual domain of the final multidomain construct, are kept in frame and are separated from each other by a linker sequence of 6 amino acids.

8. How many DNA fragments can be cloned in one reaction?
The number of inserts that can be joined in the same vector depends on their length and sequence. NZYEasy Cloning & Expression System has been tested efficiently for cloning 5 different genes of around 500-700 bp in size in the same vector. Note that the cloning efficiency decreases as the size of the final construct increases. However, if the simultaneous cloning of the desired inserts does not work, you can try a sequential cloning approach.

9. How can I reduce the number of false positive colonies containing the vector-backbone only?
Gel-purify the PCR band of interest in order to remove the template plasmid. Alternatively, digest PCR products with DpnI (NZYTech cat No. MB078) restriction enzyme to eliminate parental methylated DNA templates. When possible, you can also reduce the amount of template plasmid DNA to 0.1-0.5 ng per 50 µL PCR reaction.

10. The cloning reactions originate no colonies or a few number of colonies. What should I do?
Perform a cloning reaction using the PCR fragment provided as positive control with NZYEasy Cloning & Expression kits. Using this procedure, you can evaluate the functionality of cloning and transformation conditions.
If cloning and transformation result successfully using the positive control, then make sure that your DNA insert and the linearized pHTP vector share the required end-terminal complementarity by analysing primer sequences; verify the quality of the insert by gel electrophoresis; optimize the ligase-independent cloning reaction trying different vector:insert molar ratio, and/or repeat PCR and gel-purify the PCR product for a new cloning reaction and transformation. Alternatively, consider that the cloned insert may be toxic to E. coli. If this is the case, and if you are directly cloning into the expression vector, try to clone first into the low-copy number pHTP0 vector.
If cloning and transformation do not result successfully, check also the transformation efficiency of E. coli competent cells; verify if LB plates contain the appropriate antibiotic for the pHTP vector you are using; make sure you correctly handle the NZYEasy enzyme mix; verify if a specific component is missing in the cloning reaction.

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