I have a mixture plasmids and undesired short linear fragments that share the same sequences. During denaturation and annealing, I would like the plasmids to 'find each other' before annealing to the shorter linear fragments. Assuming the concentration of shorter fragments is significant, is there a temperature profile to bias towards re-annealing of longer DNA?
More specifically, this is for a variation of the Surveyor Mutation detection assay, where re-annealed DNA with mismatches are digested, leaving non-mutant DNA intact. I would like to keep non-mutant plasmids for E. coli transformation. However, some linear fragments ~10-50% of the length of the plasmid have escaped exonuclease treatment and would compete with the plasmids during annealing.