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CottonJack 07-05-2013 12:30 AM

Amplicon sequencing - fusion primers ordering
Dear all,

we would like to order fusion primers for 454 GS Junior amplicon sequencing.

When consulting the manual, we are not sure if the primers need to have Phosphorothioated DNA bases on the ends and if B primer needs to be labeled with biotin (or is this true just for shotgun sequencing)?

Thank you for your help.

MEJ 07-11-2013 08:05 AM

Amplicon sequencing - fusion primers ordering

The phosphorothioate bases are there to inhibit any exonuclease activity, so you can order them without. It did work in our hands but if you get any contamination you'll have a problem!

The biotin on the B primer is necessary for the enrichment (enrichment beads are streptavidin coated magnetic beads) of the amplified beads, regardless the type of library.

ajthomas 07-11-2013 10:11 AM

For the FLX, the primers do not need to be biotinylated; standard primers work fine. Biotin doesn't come into the process until the enrichment stage, and the biotin there comes from the enrichment primer, not from the primers you used to create your library. Furthermore, only one molecule of the original library you make with your primers will end up on the bead and even if it was biotinylated, the biotin molecule would be stripped off (along with that original molecule) when you add the melt solution.

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