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Ace5858 03-31-2012 01:56 PM

Ladder-like bioanalyzer trace on supposed 150bp DNA sample library
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I recently started working on very old hyde tissue, extracting DNA, running a HS Bioanalyzer chip. My results showed that the samples were heavily degraded down to 30bp to 50bp fragments. When I made the libraries, theoretically I should see 130bp to 150bp fragments with the adapters attached. I did a PCR amplification to enrich the libraries. I didn't size select because there was no larger pieces than 50bp in the original bioA run.

However, when I ran the second HS bioA chip with these libraries, I got this strange ladder-like read on my samples with extremely high basepairs.

Has anyone else experienced this same strange result?

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pmiguel 03-31-2012 02:39 PM

First, you bioA chip results are hosed in some of the lanes. You can see the fuzzy 10.38kb upper marker has not been correctly identified in several of the lanes. You need to view the .xad file with 2100 Expert software and go to each of those traces, switch to the peak table tab and figure out which peak is your real 10.38 kb band, right-click on it and choose "manually set upper marker". This will give you the correct size of your peaks.

That said, looks to me like the right four lanes have 2 different MW markers in them. Either you samples are contaminated with them, or the pins of your bioA were contaminated with them.

That is my take, anyway.

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