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Taq DNA Polymerase from Thermus aquaticus

with 10× PCR reaction buffer without MgCl2

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Quality Level


expressed in E. coli




sufficient for 1500 reactions
sufficient for 250 reactions
sufficient for 50 reactions
sufficient for 5000 reactions


dNTPs included: no
hotstart: no


5 units/μL


PCR: suitable




purified DNA


suitable for PCR and automated sequencing reactions



shipped in

wet ice

storage temp.


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General description

Taq polymerase is a thermostable DNA polymerase named after the thermophilic bacterium Thermus aquaticus. A stable deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) polymerase (with a temperature optimum of 80°C) has been purified from the extreme thermophile Thermus aquaticus. The enzyme is free from phosphomonoesterase, phosphodiesterase and single-stranded exonuclease activities. Maximal activity of the enzyme needs all four deoxyribonucleotides and activated calf thymus DNA.


Taq DNA Polymerase from Thermus aquaticus has been used:
  • in the process of DNA extraction (during gene amplification and sequencing)
  • in genotyping
  • in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to study the constitutive production of epithelial neutrophil activating peptide 78 (ENA-78) and interleukin-8 (IL-8)
  • for amplification of RNA from primary endothelial cells by conventional PCR

Biochem/physiol Actions

Taq polymerase catalyzes oligonucleotide primer-driven, DNA template dependent incorporation of dNTPs into complimentary DNA strands. It displays both 5′ to 3′ polymerase and exonuclease activities.

Features and Benefits

  • MgCl2 provided in a separate tube to allow MgCl2 optimization
  • Can withstand repeated heating to 95 °C without significant loss of activity


Taq DNA Polymerase with 10× reaction buffer without MgCl2. Includes a separate tube of 25 mM MgCl2
Taq DNA polymerase comes with the choice of an optimized 10× reaction buffer including MgCl2 (D1806) or a 10× reaction buffer without MgCl2 plus a separate tube of MgCl2 for titration (D4545). The latter option may be necessary to determine optimal conditions for amplification.

Other Notes

Taq DNA Polymerase is a specialized thermostable enzyme isolated from the thermophilic bacterium Thermus aquaticus. The recombinant form of this enzyme is expressed in E. coli. This 94 kDa protein shows no detectable levels of contaminating endonucleases or exonucleases by SDS-PAGE. It has both 5′→3′ polymerase and exonuclease activity.

Unit Definition

One unit will incorporate 10 nmol of total dNTPs into acid-precipitable DNA in 30 min at 74 °C.

Legal Information

Use of this product is covered by one or more of the following US patents and corresponding patent claims outside the US: US 8,404,464 and US 7,972,828. The purchase of this product includes a limited, non-transferable immunity from suit under the foregoing patent claims.

Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

A Chien et al.
Journal of bacteriology, 127(3), 1550-1557 (1976-09-01)
A stable deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) polymerase (EC with a temperature optimum of 80 degrees C has been purified from the extreme thermophile Thermus aquaticus. The enzyme is free from phosphomonoesterase, phosphodiesterase and single-stranded exonuclease activities. Maximal activity of the
Nick A Bersinger et al.
Fertility and sterility, 89(5 Suppl), 1530-1536 (2007-09-01)
To analyze the constitutive production of epithelial neutrophil activating peptide 78 (ENA-78) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) by epithelial cells and the response of these cells to cytokine stimulation. In vitro study using eutopic endometrial tissue. University hospital. Cycling women undergoing laparoscopy
Anna Bobrowska et al.
PloS one, 6(6), e20696-e20696 (2011-06-17)
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder for which there is no effective disease modifying treatment. Following-on from studies in HD animal models, histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition has emerged as an attractive therapeutic option. In parallel, several reports have
Slobodan Jergic et al.
The EMBO journal, 32(9), 1322-1333 (2013-02-26)
Processive DNA synthesis by the αεθ core of the Escherichia coli Pol III replicase requires it to be bound to the β2 clamp via a site in the α polymerase subunit. How the ε proofreading exonuclease subunit influences DNA synthesis
Rita Horvath et al.
Brain : a journal of neurology, 129(Pt 7), 1674-1684 (2006-04-20)
Mutations in the gene coding for the catalytic subunit of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) polymerase gamma (POLG1) have recently been described in patients with diverse clinical presentations, revealing a complex relationship between genotype and phenotype in patients and their families.


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