Translation toeprinting assays using fluorescently labeled primers and capillary electrophoresis

Phillip S. Gould, Helen Bird, Andrew J. Easton

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The protocol described here is an adapted version of the toeprinting assay in which the oligonucleotide used to prime the reverse transcription step is labeled with a fluorescent dye instead of 32P. By using a fluorescent dye, the results of the assay are obtained within one hour by direct electrophoresis of the samples on an automated sequencing machine. This eliminates the need to cast and run polyacrylamide gels and to wait to expose dried gels. We show that an identical toeprint was found for the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase transcript using this nonradioactive method, which is in agreement with the previously published 32P-labeled method. Furthermore, in addition to being a faster and safer method, a larger region of sequence can be analyzed with one primer in a single experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-400
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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