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Microbiology. 2002 Aug;148(Pt 8):2567-72.

Priming reverse transcription with oligo(dT) does not yield representative samples of Mycobacterium tuberculosis cDNA.

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Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control, and Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Health Center, Tyler, TX 75708, USA.


Several recent publications have suggested that oligo(dT) can prime reverse transcription of several mycobacterial mRNAs. To determine if this is the case for most Mycobacterium tuberculosis mRNA species, reverse transcription reactions of M. tuberculosis RNA were primed with oligo(dT) or with other primers that did not target polyadenylylated sequences, and the resultant cDNA product was evaluated. Priming with oligo(dT) yielded more cDNA than priming with an arbitrary primer for only 1 of 12 unrelated M. tuberculosis genes, as measured by competitive PCR. Priming with oligo(dT) yielded cDNA for only 30% of the genes primed for by 37 M. tuberculosis genome-directed oligonucleotides, as assessed by hybridization of cDNA with an M. tuberculosis microarray. These data demonstrate that priming of reverse transcription of mycobacterial mRNA with oligo(dT) does not yield representative samples of cDNA.

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