The Effects of Dithiothreitol on DNA
AbstractWith the novel possibilities for detecting molecules of interest with extreme sensitivity also comes the risk of encountering hitherto negligible sources of error. In life science, such sources of error might be the broad variety of additives such as dithiothreitol (DTT) used to preserve enzyme stability during in vitro reactions. Using two different assays that can sense strand interruptions in double stranded DNA, we here show that DTT is able to introduce nicks in the DNA backbone. DTT was furthermore shown to facilitate the immobilization of fluorescent DNA on an NHS-ester functionalized glass surface. Such reactions may in particular impact the readout from single molecule detection studies and other ultrasensitive assays. This was highlighted by the finding that DTT markedly decreased the signal to noise ratio in a DNA sensor based assay with single molecule resolution. View Full-Text
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Fjelstrup, S.; Andersen, M.B.; Thomsen, J.; Wang, J.; Stougaard, M.; Pedersen, F.S.; Ho, Y.-P.; Hede, M.S.; Knudsen, B.R. The Effects of Dithiothreitol on DNA. Sensors 2017, 17, 1201.
Fjelstrup S, Andersen MB, Thomsen J, Wang J, Stougaard M, Pedersen FS, Ho Y-P, Hede MS, Knudsen BR. The Effects of Dithiothreitol on DNA. Sensors. 2017; 17(6):1201.Chicago/Turabian Style
Fjelstrup, Søren; Andersen, Marie B.; Thomsen, Jonas; Wang, Jing; Stougaard, Magnus; Pedersen, Finn S.; Ho, Yi-Ping; Hede, Marianne S.; Knudsen, Birgitta R. 2017. "The Effects of Dithiothreitol on DNA." Sensors 17, no. 6: 1201.
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