Product SourceAn E. coli strain that carries the cloned BfaI gene from Bacteroides fragilis (VPI 3392)
The following reagents are supplied with this product:
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Properties and Usage
Unit DefinitionOne unit is defined as the amount of enzyme required to digest 1 µg of λ DNA in 1 hour at 37°C in a total reaction volume of 50 µl.
1X CutSmart® Buffer
Incubate at 37°C
1X CutSmart® Buffer:
50 mM Potassium Acetate
20 mM Tris-acetate
10 mM Magnesium Acetate
100 μg/ml BSA
pH 7.9 @ 25°C
Activity in NEBuffersNEBuffer 1.1: 10%
NEBuffer 2.1: 10%
NEBuffer 3.1: 10%
CutSmart® Buffer: 100%
10 mM Tris-HCl
300 mM NaCl
1 mM DTT
0.1 mM EDTA
500 μg/ml BSA
pH 7.4 @ 25°C
Heat Inactivation80°C for 20 min
dam methylation: Not Sensitive
dcm methylation: Not Sensitive
CpG Methylation: Not Sensitive
Quality Control AssaysThe following Quality Control Tests are performed on each new lot and meet the specifications designated for the product. Individual lot data can be found on the Product Summary Sheet/Datacard or Manual which can be found in the Supporting Documents section of this page.
- Exonuclease Activity (Radioactivity Release):
The product is tested in a reaction containing a radiolabeled mixture of single and double-stranded DNA. After incubation for 4 hours the exonuclease activity is determined by the % release of radioactive nucleotides.
- Ligation and Recutting (Terminal Integrity):
After an over-digestion of DNA with a restriction endonuclease the percentage of the DNA fragments ligated with T4 DNA ligase and the percentage that can be recut are determined by agarose gel electrophoresis.
- Non-Specific DNase Activity (16 hour):
The product is tested for non-specific nuclease degradation in a reaction containing a DNA substrate. After incubation for 16 hours there is no detectable degradation of the DNA substrate as determined by agarose gel electrophoresis.
- BfaI is an isoschizomer of Mae I and Rma I.
- BfaI has shown minimal cleavage of unpurified PCR products. Therefore, PCR products should be purified prior to BfaI digestion in 1X NEBuffer 4.
- To avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles, which can affect enzyme activity, we recommend to aliquot the enzyme after the first thaw into smaller volumes and store them at -80°C.
- Star activity may result from extended digestion
- What are the recommended storage conditions for BfaI?
- Does BfaI work well on PCR products?
- Does BfaI replace an enzyme previously sold?
- What is the activity of BfaI at 25°C?
- My restriction enzyme used to be available at a lower concentration. Why does it now come at a higher concentration of 10,000 u/ml?
- What effect does BSA have on the performance of NEB’s restriction enzymes when included in the new buffers?
- My enzyme is no longer Time-Saver™ qualified. What happened?
- How can I access the old NEBuffer Activity Chart?
- I tested your restriction enzyme on the substrate DNA recommended by NEB, and it appears to be active, however it does not digest my DNA. What could be the reason?
- My restriction enzyme used to work well in the old NEBuffer but the new Performance chart indicates it has lower activity even though the only difference is the addition of BSA and removal of DTT to the new buffers. Why?