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Clin Chem. 2005 Nov;51(11):2025-30. Epub 2005 Sep 15.

Clinical applications of whole-blood PCR with real-time instrumentation.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Immunology, Haematology, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia.



As the genetic basis of many human diseases is being discovered, there is increasing need for the detection of single-nucleotide polymorphisms/mutations in medical laboratories. We describe an innovative approach that combines PCR amplification directly on whole blood and real-time detection PCR technology (WB-RTD PCR).


We compared WB-RTD PCR with the method for extracted DNA-RTD PCR for the detection of mutations in the prothrombin (n = 94), factor V Leiden (n = 49), and hemochromatosis (n = 22) genes. Mutation detection on the Roche LightCycler was based on use of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) probes and melting curve analysis. We also compared the WB-RTD PCR on the LightCycler and the ABI Prismtrade mark 7700 sequence detection system with minor groove- binding nonfluorescent quencher probes.


We obtained complete concordance between both methods in assigning genotypes. We also demonstrated that the WB-RTD PCR method can be performed on real-time PCR instruments from Applied Biosystems and the LightCycler. Omission of the need for DNA extraction and gel electrophoresis allowed substantial labor and cost savings with this method.


This approach has applications for testing other medically relevant single-nucleotide polymorphisms.

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