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Conditional mutations, such as temperature-sensitive mutants, are a powerful tool for the study of essential proteins, allowing cell growth under the permissive condition but causing loss of function under non-permissive conditions. However, cell metabolism can be seriously perturbed by the change in growth conditions required to induce the defect and may also create off-target effects. Several methods have been developed, in which the protein of interest is conditionally sequestered1 or its expression is controlled2,3 by addition of a small molecule. This protocol uses auxin and the auxin-inducible degron (AID) system to efficiently deplete a target protein.

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Name Company Catalog Number Comments
Adenine sulphate Formedium DOC0230
Agar Formedium AGA03
Β-estradiol Sigma Aldrich E2758-1G 10 mM solution in ethanol. Store at -20 °C
DMSO Alfa Aesar 42780 DMSO should be solid at 4 °C
Glucose Fisher Scientific G/0500/60
IAA 1H-Indole-3-acetic acid Across Orgainics 122150100 Auxin analogue. 1.5 M in DMSO. The solution will be a russet colour and darken as time goes on; a deep red solution should be discarded and a new one made. Store at -20 °C.
Methanol Fisher Scientific M/4000/PC17 CAUTION Toxic and flammable
Phusion High-Fidelity DNA Polymerase NEB M0530
Peptone Formedium PEP03
SCSM single drop-out –ura Formedium DSCS101
Yeast Extract Formedium YEA03
Yeast nitrogen base without amino acids with amonium sulphate Formedium CYN0410


Thanks to Jane Reid for initiating this programme, Barbara Terlouw for development, Vahid Aslanzadeh for the “ura looper” constructs and Susana de Lucas for many helpful discussions. This work was supported by a scholarship to GIMO from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico (CONACYT) and the University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences, a Wellcome PhD studentship to IEM [105256] and by Wellcome funding [104648] to JD Beggs. Work in the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology is supported by Wellcome core funding [092076].

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Barrass, J. D., Mendoza-Ochoa, G. I., Maudlin, I. E., Sani, E., Beggs, J. D. Tuning Degradation to Achieve Specific and Efficient Protein Depletion. J. Vis. Exp. (149), e59874, doi:10.3791/59874 (2019).