Coupling single base extension to a spectral codification tool for increased throughput screening

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We report a new strategy that combines a Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) based spectral codification tool with a single base extension (SBE) reaction for rapid and medium-throughput analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). This strategy is based on the spectral codification - a donor (fluorophore labeled probe complementary to the region adjacent to an SNP) is used to induce specific FRET signatures from an acceptor fluorophore revealing the SNP variant. Using an SBE reaction and differently labeled ddNTPs, we can directly question each donor probe and retrieve information about which allele variant is present at that locus. The potential of the method is demonstrated by application to simultaneous questioning of two loci in the same reaction tube. Following calibration with all possible combinations of FRET pairs, an evaluation algorithm was calibrated so as to optimize base calling and allow unequivocal allele scoring with more than 80% confidence (for two simultaneous loci being questioned, one homo-and one heterozygous). In conclusion, this spectral codification approach may constitute a solution towards increasing throughput capability of single base extension based assays.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)199-204
JournalJournal of Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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