Author(s): Kster H, Tang K, Fu DJ, Braun A, van den Boom D,
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Abstract Two methods of solid-phase Sanger DNA sequencing followed by detection with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry are demonstrated. In one method, sequencing ladders generated on an immobilized synthetic template were resolved up to the 63-mer including the primer. Detection sensitivity and resolution were sufficient for sequence analysis in the given range. This approach is particularly suitable for comparative (diagnostic) DNA sequencing. A second method that has the potential for high throughput de novo DNA sequencing is also presented; it uses immobilized duplex probes with five-base single-stranded overhangs to capture an unknown DNA template serving as primers for Sanger DNA sequencing. The power of mass spectrometry is demonstrated not only by its very high speed, but also by its ability to identify sequences that are not readable using gel electrophoresis.
This article was published in Nat Biotechnol
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion