The use of unilateral PCR to identify prominent heteroduplexes formed during PCR of the mouse microsatellite locus D17Mit23
Microsatellite markers are useful tools for understanding the evolutionary history of discrete segments of the mammalian genome. We used the microsatellite marker D17Mit23 to study the portion of the mouse genome known as the t complex, a naturally occurring variant of Chromosome 17. We identified an allelic variant of D17Mit23, which is shared by two forms of the t complex, the t haplotypes t w2 and t Lub2 . Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of DNA samples from mice that were heterozygous for either haplotype resulted in gel patterns with prominent bands of higher molecular weight in addition to the bona-fide D17Mit23 alleles. The appearance of these higher molecular weight bands, although consistent with heteroduplex formation, was not diminished through the use of reconditioning PCR. We used a modified form of asymmetric PCR, called “unilateral PCR”, to show that the higher molecular weight bands are heterodu-plexes and to identify their constituent strands. Certain microsatellite motifs may be especially prone to the production of prominent heteroduplex products, and this may lead to the erroneous genotyping of DNA samples.
Index EntriesPolymerase chain reaction (PCR) microsatellite heteroduplex unilateral PCR
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