DNeasy mericon Food Kit

For extraction of high-quality DNA from raw or processed foods

Features

  • Modified CTAB procedure ensures faster food sample processing
  • Efficient purification of even fragmented DNA from processed foods
  • No carryover of PCR inhibitors from complex food matrices
  • Protocols for highly processed foods
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DNeasy mericon Food Kit (50)

Cat. No. / ID: 69514

50 QIAquick Spin Columns, Proteinase K, buffers
CA$197.00
The DNeasy mericon Food Kit is intended for molecular biology applications in food, animal feed, and pharmaceutical product testing. This product is not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.

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Product Details

The DNeasy mericon Food Kit is designed to enable extraction of high-quality nucleic acids from a variety of raw and processed foods. The carryover of PCR inhibitors from these complex food matrices is minimized. The kit forms part of the comprehensive QIAGEN food testing portfolio, which also features assays for pathogen and GMO DNA detection and ingredient authentication. The procedure can be fully automated on the QIAcube Connect.

Performance

During production, food is subjected to heat, irradiation, high pressure, and changes in pH which lead to DNA degradation and fragmentation. The optimized chemistry of the DNeasy mericon Food Kit was developed to recover short DNA fragments (down to 100 bp) ensuring that even highly fragmented DNA is efficiently isolated and subsequently amplified in PCR reactions. With these features, extraction with the DNeasy mericon Food Kit is the first universally applicable extraction method that generates optimal and reliable results even when using strongly inhibitory, highly processed, fatty, acidic, high, or low DNA content foods (see Figure "High yields of DNA and minimal inhibitor carryover" and Figure "Heightened resistance to inhibitors"). In addition, establishing multiple lysis procedures for different food matrices is no longer necessary.

Principle

The DNeasy mericon Food Kit uses improved cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) extraction of total cellular nucleic acids.

The nonionic detergent CTAB is widely used for efficient extraction of total cellular nucleic acids from a wide range of tissue types. Depending on the salt conditions, CTAB may complex with cellular nucleic acids (low-salt conditions) or complex with cellular inhibitors, such as polysaccharides, proteins, and plant metabolites (high-salt conditions; as found in the Food Lysis Buffer).

With fewer workflow steps than conventional CTAB protocols, up to 30 samples can be processed in 2.5 hours (see Figure "Efficient and rapid DNA extraction"). DNA recovery with these kits is demonstrably high and efficient.

Procedure

The optimized protocols for the DNeasy mericon Food Kit use CTAB in combination with Proteinase K to first digest compact tissue and then to subsequently precipitate proteins with simultaneous precipitation of other cellular and food-derived inhibitors.

Inhibitors are precipitated by centrifugation, while the extracted DNA remains in solution. In the subsequent chloroform extraction, any remaining CTAB-protein, CTAB-debris, or CTAB-polysaccharide complex not precipitated is removed together with other lipophilic inhibitors by extraction into the organic chloroform phase. Only the aqueous phase containing the DNA and significantly depleted inhibitors is processed further. This phase is mixed with binding buffer (to adjust binding conditions) and applied to the QIAquick Spin Columns. The resulting DNA is immediately ready for use in a downstream mericon real-time PCR assay.

Applications

The DNeasy mericon Food Kit is designed for rapid (up to 30 extractions in 2.5 hours) purification of DNA from a variety of raw and processed food matrices, while minimizing the carryover of PCR inhibitors inherent to complex food samples.

Supporting data and figures

Resources

Kit Handbooks (1)
Safety Data Sheets (1)
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FAQ

Why is my 260/280 ratio low after using the DNeasy mericon Food Kit?
With complex food samples, a classical evaluation of DNA purity and protein content by A260/A280 ratio is not a significant criterion. Due to inevitable traces of food matrix in the sample background, a spectroscopic evaluation of DNA or protein absorptions is highly unreliable, and we have found that there is not a correlation between 260/280 and 260/230 ratios and PCR performance. Even DNA with Low 260/280 and 260/230 can produce good PCR results.

FAQ ID - 3349
Does salt concentration in the food matter when using the DNeasy mericon Food Kit?
We have not observed any effect of NaCl concentration in the food on the effectiveness of the DNeasy mericon Food Kit.
FAQ ID - 3346
CAn I use milk or other liquids with the DNeasy mericon Food kit? What volume would I use?
Liquids can be used. Use 2 ml (for 2 g protocol) or 200 ul (for 200 mg protocol) and mix it with the Food Lysis Buffer and Proteinase K solution as in the normal protocol.
FAQ ID - 3350
Why does the DNeasy mericon Food Kit use a QIAquick column and Buffer PB rather than a DNeasy column and Buffer AL, which might be expected since the kit isolates genomic DNA?
During kit development, we determined that with the chemistry used in the kit and the tested sample material, the QIAquick column together with the buffer PB had the best performance.
FAQ ID - 3347