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Normal and anomalous electrophoretic behavior of polymerase chain reaction-based DNA polymorphisms in polyacrylamide gels

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V Lareu, C Pestoni, C Phillips, F Barros, A Carracedo, D Syndercombe Court, P Lincoln

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1566-1572
Number of pages7
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998

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The electrophoretic mobility of five single tandem repeats (STRs) and four amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLPs) in polyacrylamide gels was tested under denaturing and nondenaturing conditions. Relative anomalous mobility in nondenaturing conditions was found in one AT-rich AFLP (3'ApoB) and in two AT-rich STRs (HUMACTBP2 and HUMF13A1). In these cases, highly anomalous electrophoretic behavior was found even when changes were made in the %T value alone. In such cases typing results were affected by the gel composition. The mobility of these systems was nevertheless normal under denaturing conditions. As a consequence of this study, we recommended that the typing of these systems should only be performed under denaturing conditions and we also recommend the further study of the electrophoretic behavior of repetitive DNA polymorphisms, especially AT-rich systems, before they are used in forensic or genetic applications.

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