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In situ monitoring of polymerase extension rate and adaptive feedback control of PCR by using fluorescence measurements

Mondal, Sudip and Venkataraman, V (2005) In situ monitoring of polymerase extension rate and adaptive feedback control of PCR by using fluorescence measurements. In: Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods, 65 (2&3). pp. 97-105.

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Abstract

Real time PCR detection systems based on fluorescence detection from intercalating dyes (such as SYBR Green I) typically take only single point measurements during every cycle to quantify the amplification. In this process key information about enzymatic kinetics is lost. In this work we measure SYBR Green I fluorescence intensity every 0.5 s within a cycle during PCR in polypropylene tubes. We observe that the intensity during the extension cycle increases while the template is being extended. Results obtained for different lengths are used to estimate an in vitro polymerase activity rate of Thermus aquaticus and Thermus brockianus. An important practical consequence of this result is that the extension time of each PCR cycle can be individually optimized while the reaction is in progress. We demonstrate this idea of adaptive feedback control and show that the total number of cycles and total time required to reach maximum fluorescence is reduced as compared to conventional PCR.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Real-time PCR; SYBR Green I; Intra-cycle fluorescence; In situ extension rate; Adaptive feedback control
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/5572

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