TITLE

Electroanalytical study of proflavine intercalation in 5-methyl or inosine-containing amplicons

AUTHOR(S)
Alexiadou, Despina K.; Ioannou, Andrea K.; Kouidou-Andreou, Sofia A.; Voulgaropoulos, Anastasios N.; Girousi, Stella Th.
PUB. DATE
October 2008
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Oct2008, Vol. 392 Issue 3, p533
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Amplicons corresponding to the GC-rich p53 exon 5 and its analogues, synthesized by substituting 60% of cytosine by 5-methyl-cytosine, or 60% of guanosine by inosine and GC-poor p53 exon 6 were synthesized and investigated electrochemically, in the presence and absence of proflavine, by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Incorporation of base analogues and the thermal stability of the resulting amplicons were tested in the presence of a fluorescent probe (Sybr–Green). Peak current at 1.0 V was lower for methylated than for unmethylated PCR amplicons and was similarly affected by proflavine intercalation. In contrast, considerable peak current differences were observed in the presence of proflavine for unmodified exon 5 v.s. exon 6 or inosine-containing amplicons. Thermal analysis verified the expected shifts in melting temperature ( T m) due to the base analogue incorporation and GC-content variations. In conclusion, methylated and unmethylated PCR amplicons could be distinguished in model DNA systems using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) and use of proflavine could serve as an electrochemical probe for identifying different DNA conformations.
ACCESSION #
34178675

 

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