Rapid DNA chemical ligation for amplification of RNA and DNA signal

Hiroshi Abe*, Yuko Kondo, Hiroshi Jinmei, Naoko Abe, Kazuhiro Furukawa, Atsushi Uchiyama, Satoshi Tsuneda, Kyoko Aikawa, Isamu Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Ito

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Enzymatic ligation methods are useful in the diagnostic detection of DNA sequences. Here, we describe the investigation of nonenzymatic phosphorothioate-iodoacetyl DNA chemical ligation as a method for the detection and identification of RNA and DNA. The specificity of ligation on the DNA target is shown to allow the discrimination of a single point mutation with a drop in the ligation yield of up to 16.1-fold. Although enzymatic ligation has very low activity for RNA targets, this reaction is very efficient for RNA targets. The speed of the chemical ligation with an RNA target achieves a 70% yield in 5 s, which is equal to or better than that of ligase-enzyme-mediated ligation with a DNA target. The reaction also exhibits a significant level of signal amplification under thermal cycling in periods as short as 100-120 min, with the RNA or DNA target acting in a catalytic way to ligate multiple pairs of probes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-333
Number of pages7
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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