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Molecules 2013, 18(10), 11751-11767; doi:10.3390/molecules181011751
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A Highly Sensitive Telomerase Activity Assay that Eliminates False-Negative Results Caused by PCR Inhibitors

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Received: 9 August 2013; in revised form: 5 September 2013 / Accepted: 11 September 2013 / Published: 25 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue G-Quadruplexes & i-Motif DNA)
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Abstract: An assay for telomerase activity based on asymmetric polymerase chain reaction (A-PCR) on magnetic beads (MBs) and subsequent application of cycling probe technology (CPT) is described. In this assay, the telomerase reaction products are immobilized on MBs, which are then washed to remove PCR inhibitors that are commonly found in clinical samples. The guanine-rich sequences (5'-(TTAGGG)n-3') of the telomerase reaction products are then preferentially amplified by A-PCR, and the amplified products are subsequently detected via CPT, where a probe RNA with a fluorophore at the 5' end and a quencher at the 3' end is hydrolyzed by RNase H in the presence of the target DNA. The catalyst-mediated cleavage of the probe RNA enhances fluorescence from the 5' end of the probe. The assay allowed us to successfully detect HeLa cells selectively over normal human dermal fibroblast (NHDF) cells. Importantly, this selectivity produced identical results with regard to detection of HeLa cells in the absence and presence of excess NHDF cells; therefore, this assay can be used for practical clinical applications. The lower limit of detection for HeLa cells was 50 cells, which is lower than that achieved with a conventional telomeric repeat amplification protocol assay. Our assay also eliminated false-negative results caused by PCR inhibitors. Furthermore, we show that this assay is appropriate for screening among G-quadruplex ligands to find those that inhibit telomerase activity.
Keywords: telomerase; PCR inhibitor; magnetic beads; asymmetric PCR; cycling probe technology telomerase; PCR inhibitor; magnetic beads; asymmetric PCR; cycling probe technology
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Yaku, H.; Murashima, T.; Miyoshi, D.; Sugimoto, N. A Highly Sensitive Telomerase Activity Assay that Eliminates False-Negative Results Caused by PCR Inhibitors. Molecules 2013, 18, 11751-11767.

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Yaku H, Murashima T, Miyoshi D, Sugimoto N. A Highly Sensitive Telomerase Activity Assay that Eliminates False-Negative Results Caused by PCR Inhibitors. Molecules. 2013; 18(10):11751-11767.

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Yaku, Hidenobu; Murashima, Takashi; Miyoshi, Daisuke; Sugimoto, Naoki. 2013. "A Highly Sensitive Telomerase Activity Assay that Eliminates False-Negative Results Caused by PCR Inhibitors." Molecules 18, no. 10: 11751-11767.



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