Development of certified reference material NMIJ CRM 6205-a for the validation of DNA quantification methods: accurate mass concentrations of 600-bp DNA solutions having artificial sequences
Two 600-bp DNA solutions (DNA600-G and DNA600-T) were developed as certified reference material, NMIJ CRM 6205-a, for the validation of DNA quantification methods. Both DNA600-G and DNA600-T are ideal as “spike-in control” because these materials have artificial nucleic acid sequences. The certified values were determined as the mass concentration of total DNA (whole DNA materials in sample solution regardless of sequence) at 25 °C by formic acid hydrolysis/liquid chromatography-isotope dilution mass spectrometry (LC-IDMS) and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) based on the amount of phosphorus. DNAs were synthesized, and plasmids including the synthesized DNAs were cloned into Escherichia coli DH5α. The amplified plasmids were digested with a restriction enzyme and highly purified. Then, the purified DNAs were diluted with water to approximately 1 ng/μL. By using the CRM-validated methods in fields where DNA quantification is required, the reliability of DNA quantification could be improved.
KeywordsDNA quantification Certified reference material Method validation SI traceability LC-IDMS ICP-MS
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