Non-Toxic Mutagenesis in Bacteria
1) Useful for mutating recombinant DNA phage clones and/or libraries using multiple rounds of growth and selection of viable phage
2) Bacterial cells can be grown under selective conditions when screening for phenotypes with an increased or decreased quantitative index. Used during growth appears to create changes in morphology.
VivoSyn® can be used in bacterial culture media to increase the natural mutation rate by inhibiting DNA repair mechanisms. The natural mutation rate is increased ~200 fold above background. While this level of mutation rate does not interfere with plasmid production during routine amplification, continued serial dilution results in the significant accumulation of mutations. After two to three cycles the the number of mutations start to be significant. At the same time the viability of bacteria or phage will start to drop as they accumulate deleterious mutations.
Method works great with phage systems as viable phage can be harvested after infection and used to immediately infect another culture of bacteria without purifying DNA and plating cells. Using M13 recombinant phage mutations rates were ~1 to two mutations per insert. Provides and easy and low cost method to mutate entire collections of cloned DNA or cDNA phage libraries.