Genetic Engineering Questions and Answers – Purification of Plasmid DNA

This set of Genetic Engineering Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Purification of Plasmid DNA”.

1. Isolation of genomic DNA follows the same principles as that of obtaining plasmid from E. coli. Which of the following is not included in it?
a) Cell lysis
b) Removal of proteins
c) Removal of chromosomal DNA
d) Dissolving plasmid in water
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Answer: d
Explanation: There are some basic steps which are included in obtaining plasmid DNA from E. coli. Firstly, the cell is lysed, further removal of proteins and chromosomal DNA is done. A plasmid is obtained and collected but not in water. Also, further purification is done if necessary.

2. How many methods are there for obtaining the plasmid DNA from the bacteria?
a) 1
b) 2
c) 3
d) 4
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Answer: b
Explanation: There are two methods which are used for obtaining the plasmid DNA from the bacteria. They are named as alkaline lysis method and boiling lysis method. They both are having different working principles.

3. Cell lysis is carried out by which substance?
a) Lysozyme and detergents
b) Water
c) Sugar solution
d) Suphuric Acid
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Answer: a
Explanation: Cell lysis is carried out by adding lysozyme and detergents. The cell wall is made up of N-acetyl glucoasamine and N-acetyl muramic acid and they are having cross links. The agents added to break the cross links present between the molecules of the cell wall.

4. Chromosomal or genomic DNA is separated by ____________
a) Sedimentation
b) Dissolution in water
c) Centrifugation
d) Distillation
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Answer: c
Explanation: Chromosomal or genomic DNA is comparatively heavier and large in size than that of plasmid DNA. Hence, centrifuging at a high speed leads to settling down of the genomic DNA and thus can be separated easily.


5. Proteins can be removed via treatment by?
a) Phenol and chloroform treatment
b) Treatment with sodium hydroxide
c) Chloroform treatment alone
d) Centrifuging
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Answer: a
Explanation: Proteins can be removed via treatment with phenol and chloroform treatment. Chloroform is alone not sufficient. The phenol added helps in the destruction of proteins and chloroform helps in its dissolution under acidic conditions.

6. The nucleic acid remaining in the solution can be precipitated by addition of sodium or ammonium acetate and ethanol.
a) False
b) True
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Answer: b
Explanation: The nucleic acid is present in the solution and is precipitated by the addition of sodium or ammonium acetate and ethanol. It is because; nucleic acid is polar in nature and thus easily dissolves in water. Hence, to avoid this sodium acetate and ethanol is added. Sodium acetate is shields the charge present on the sugar phosphate backbone and further bonds are easily formed between ethanol and phosphate. It leads to separating out of nucleic acids.

7. Nucleic acid precipitated constitutes of ____________
a) plasmid DNA
b) plasmid DNA, along with RNA and chromosomal DNA
c) rna alone
d) chromosomal DNA only
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Answer: b
Explanation: Nucleic acid precipitated contains the plasmid DNA and along with it RNA and remnants of chromosomal DNA are also present. RNA can be removed via adding RNase.

8. Treatment with exonuclease leads to removal of ____________
a) remnants of chromosomal DNA
b) RNase
c) plasmid DNA which is circularized
d) proteins
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Answer: a
Explanation: Exonuclease leads to removal of remnants of chromosomal DNA because they are usually having linear ends. The circularized ends of plasmid are protected from the action of exonuclease because they don’t have any free ends for their action.


9. Adsorption onto a solid phase support followed by elution is used as an alternative for separation of which component?
a) chromosomal DNA
b) plasmid DNA
c) RNA alone
d) other impurities
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Answer: b
Explanation: This method is used for separation of plasmid DNA. It is advantageous because it avoids the use of phenol and also removes RNA at times along with plasmid DNA.

10. Which of the following components bind to the solid column made of silica, under high salt concentration?
a) Proteins
b) Polysaccharides
c) Both proteins and polysaccharides
d) Plasmid DNA
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Answer: d
Explanation: Plasmid DNA binds to a solid support which is made of silica and under high salt concentrations. A high salt concentration doesn’t allow less polar molecules to bind such as polysaccharides and proteins. The binded DNA molecule is further eluted by using a low salt concentration.


11. Purification of DNA by using silica derivatized groups by DEAE is termed as ____________
a) ion exchange resin based method.
b) silica based purification
c) atom based resin exchange method
d) packed bed purification
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Answer: a
Explanation: Silica derivatized groups by DEAE are used for purification of DNA. These groups are positively charged and the DNA gets attached to it, along with other species such as RNA which are negatively charged. Further, DNA can be obtained by varying the ionic concentrations.

12. Which of the following is correct with respect to caesium chloride centrifugation?
a) Caesium is light in weight
b) The dissolution of caesium and nucleic acids leads to the formation of gradients
c) According to the amount of supercoiling and A+T content, the DNA settles
d) Nicked DNA settles below than supercoiled DNA
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Explanation: Caesium chloride is heavy and when the nucleic acid is dissolved with it, density gradients are formed. According to the extent of supercoiling and G+C content, settling of DNA takes place. The nicked DNA settles above than the nicked DNA.

13. Which of the following components settles at the bottom?
a) RNA
b) Proteins
c) Nicked DNA
d) Supercoiled DNA
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Answer: a
Explanation: The component settling at the bottom is RNA. And the proteins float on the free surface. The nicked DNA forms a band above the supercoiled form.

14. The location of plasmid DNA can be visualized by addition of:
a) bromophenol blue
b) ethidium bromide
c) ortho xylene
d) texas red
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Answer: b
Explanation: Ethidium bromide is added before centrifugation. It is an orange-red coloured stain which gives rosy coloured bands when placed under UV light. It acts upon by intercalating between the bases.

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