Long Distance Reverse-Transcription PCR

  • Volker Thiel
  • Jens Herold
  • Stuart G. Siddell
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 192)


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been applied to the amplification of long DNA fragments from a variety of sources, including genomic, mitochondrial, and viral DNAs (1-5). We have adapted the concept of long PCR technology to reverse-transcription (RT) PCR (6). Here, we describe the parameters critical in producing RT-PCR products of up to 20 kbp. The nature of RT-PCR requires the synthesis of a cDNA by RT prior to its amplification in the PCR reaction. Thus, we focus on the three steps of RT-PCR: the preparation and requirements of the RNA template, the reverse transcription reaction, and the amplification of the cDNA by PCR.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volker Thiel
    • 1
  • Jens Herold
    • 1
  • Stuart G. Siddell
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Virology and ImmunologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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