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Methods in Yeast Genetics: A Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Course Manual, 2005 Edition

Subject Area(s):  YeastGeneticsLaboratory Techniques

By David C. Amberg, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse; Daniel J. Burke, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville; Jeffrey N. Strathern, National Cancer Institute

© 2005 • 230 pp., illus., index
Paperback • $96.00 (click here to price in UK Pounds)
ISBN  978-087969728-0

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“Methods in Yeast Genetics” is a course that has been offered annually at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for the last thirty years. This is an updated edition of the course manual, which provides a set of teaching experiments, along with protocols and recipes for the standard techniques and reagents used in the study of yeast biology. Since the last edition of the manual was published (2000), revolutionary advances in genomics and proteomics technologies have had a significant impact on the field. This updated edition reflects these advances, and also includes new techniques involving vital staining, visualization of Green Fluorescent Protein, new drug resistance markers, high-copy suppression, Tandem Affinity Protein tag protein purification, gene disruption by double-fusion polymerase chain reaction, and many other recent developments.


I. Looking at Yeast Cells
II. Isolation and Characterization of Auxotrophic, Temperature-sensitive, and Osmotic-sensitive Mutants
III. Meiotic Mapping
IV. Mitotic Recombination and Random Spore Analysis
V. Transformation of Yeast
VI. Synthetic Lethal Mutants
VII. Gene Replacement
VIII. Isolation of ras2 Suppressors
IX. Manipulating Cell Types
X. Isolating Mutants by Insertional Mutagenesis
XI. Isolation of Separation of Function Mutants by Two-hybrid Differential Interaction Screening

1. High-efficiency Transformation of Yeast
2. “Quick and Dirty” Plasmid Transformation of Yeast Colonies
3. Yeast DNA Isolations
A. Yeast DNA Miniprep (40 ml)
B. Yeast DNA Miniprep (5 ml)
C. A Ten-minute DNA Preparation from Yeast
D. Yeast Genomic DNA: Glass-bead Preparation
4. Yeast Protein Extracts
5. TAP Purification
6. Yeast RNA Isolations
7. Hydroxylamine Mutagenesis of Plasmid DNA
8. Assay of β-Galactosidase in Yeast
9. Plate Assay for Carboxypeptidase Υ
10. Random Spore Analysis
11. Yeast Vital Stains
A. DAPI Stain of Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA
B. Visualizing Mitochondria with DiOC6 or DilC5(3)
C. Visualizing Vacuoles and Endocytic Compartments with FM4-64
D. Calcofluor Staining of Chitin and Bud Scars
12. Yeast Immunofluorescence
13. Actin Staining in Fixed Cells
14. PCR-mediated Gene Disruption
A. One-step PCR Gene Disruption
B. Gene Disruption by Double-fusion PCR
15. Yeast Colony PCR
16. Measuring Yeast Cell Density by Spectrophotometry
17. Cell Synchrony
18. Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
19. Flow Cytometry of Yeast DNA
20. Logarithmic Growth
21. EMS Mutagenesis
22. Tetrad Dissection
23. Making a Tetrad Dissection Needle
24. Picking Zygotes
25. Determining Plating Efficiency
26. DNA Miniprep from E. coli
27. Preparing and Transforming Competent E. coli
28. Storing and Handling of the Systematic Deletion Collection



review:  “This update of the 2000 edition is the latest version of a book that remains the best single source of basic genetics techniques for Saccharomyces cerevisiae.... Based on the long running course at Cold Spring Harbor, it contains a mixture of experiments, techniques, protocols and basic data. The experiments include very clear explanations of the logic behind the approaches. New techniques like TAP tagging are included and many familiar experiments have been revised to take into account, for example, cytological advances with better fluorophores and GFP–fusions, and the ready availability of systematic deletion strains. It is an essential purchase for all laboratories.”
      —Microbiology Today