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Nat Protoc. 2007;2(7):1734-9.

Pyrosequencing protocol using a universal biotinylated primer for mutation detection and SNP genotyping.

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  • 1Departamento de GenĂ³mica Estructural, Neocodex SL, Avda. Charles Darwin 6, Acc. A, 41092 Sevilla, Spain. jlroyo@neocodex.es


DNA sequencing has markedly changed the nature of biomedical research, identifying millions of polymorphisms along the human genome that now require further analysis to study the genetic basis of human diseases. Among the DNA-sequencing platforms available, Pyrosequencing has become a useful tool for medium-throughput single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, mutation detection, copy-number studies and DNA methylation analysis. Its 96-well genotyping format allows reliable results to be obtained at reasonable costs in a few minutes. However, a specific biotinylated primer is usually required for each SNP under study to allow the capture of single-stranded DNA template for the Pyrosequencing assay. Here, we present an alternative to the standard labeling of PCR products for analysis by Pyrosequencing that circumvents the requirement of specific biotinylated primers for each SNP of interest. This protocol uses a single biotinylated primer that is simultaneously incorporated into all M13-tagged PCR products during the amplification reaction. The protocol covers all steps from the PCR amplification and capture of single-stranded template, its preparation, and the Pyrosequencing assay itself. Once the correct primer stoichiometry has been determined, the assay takes around 2 h for PCR amplification, followed by 15-20 min (per plate) to obtain the genotypes.

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