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Type: Journal article
Title: A novel universal real-time PCR system using the attached universal duplex probes for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
Author: Yang, L.
Liang, W.
Jiang, L.
Li, W.
Cao, W.
Wilson, Z.A.
Zhang, D.
Citation: BMC Molecular Biology, 2008; 9(1):54-1-54-13
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1471-2199
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Litao Yang, Wanqi Liang, Lingxi Jiang, Wenquan Li, Wei Cao, Zoe A Wilson, and Dabing Zhang
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Real-time PCR techniques are being widely used for nucleic acids analysis, but one limitation of current frequently employed real-time PCR is the high cost of the labeled probe for each target molecule. RESULTS: We describe a real-time PCR technique employing attached universal duplex probes (AUDP), which has the advantage of generating fluorescence by probe hydrolysis and strand displacement over current real-time PCR methods. AUDP involves one set of universal duplex probes in which the 5' end of the fluorescent probe (FP) and a complementary quenching probe (QP) lie in close proximity so that fluorescence can be quenched. The PCR primer pair with attached universal template (UT) and the FP are identical to the UT sequence. We have shown that the AUDP technique can be used for detecting multiple target DNA sequences in both simplex and duplex real-time PCR assays for gene expression analysis, genotype identification, and genetically modified organism (GMO) quantification with comparable sensitivity, reproducibility, and repeatability with other real-time PCR methods. CONCLUSION: The results from GMO quantification, gene expression analysis, genotype identification, and GMO quantification using AUDP real-time PCR assays indicate that the AUDP real-time PCR technique has been successfully applied in nucleic acids analysis, and the developed AUDP real-time PCR technique will offer an alternative way for nucleic acid analysis with high efficiency, reliability, and flexibility at low cost.
Keywords: DNA Primers
Rights: © 2008 Yang et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2199-9-54
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