A method called Sequential Multiplex Amplification (SMA) has been developed whereby a limited amount of DNA extracted from a sample can be reutilized for several single polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplifications. The method involves recovery of genomic template DNA by microfiltration of PCR-amplified samples. Up to 5 different loci have been typed, each in a single system PCR-based assay, beginning with a test quantity of 5 ng template DNA. Genotypes of the DNA donors were compared with those obtained from individual amplifications and shown to be identical. This could be a useful technique for typing a number of loci from a limited amount of DNa and to recover template DNA from samples previously subjected to PCR. Obviously, when small quantities of template DNA are available, this technique can prove quite useful.
- Sequential multiplex amplification (SMA)