Suppression Subtractive Hybridization

  • Denis V. Rebrikov
  • Sejal M. Desai
  • Paul D. Siebert
  • Sergey A. Lukyanov
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 258)


Suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) is a widely used method for separating DNA molecules that distinguish two closely related DNA samples. Two of the main SSH applications are cDNA subtraction and genomic DNA subtraction. In fact, SSH is one of the most powerful and popular methods for generating subtracted cDNA or genomic DNA libraries. The SSH method is based on a suppression PCR effect and combines normalization and subtraction in a single procedure. The normalization step equalizes the abundance of DNA fragments within the target population, and the subtraction step excludes sequences that are common to the populations being compared. This dramatically increases the probability of obtaining low-abundance differentially expressed cDNA or genomic DNA fragments, and simplifies analysis of the subtracted library. In our hands, the SSH technique has enriched over 1000-fold for rare sequences in a single round of subtractive hybridization.

Key Words

cDNA mRNA normalization subtractive hybridization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denis V. Rebrikov
    • 1
  • Sejal M. Desai
    • 2
  • Paul D. Siebert
    • 2
  • Sergey A. Lukyanov
    • 1
  1. 1.Evrogen JSC and Institute of Bioorganic ChemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.BD Biosciences ClontechPalo Alto

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