Using a CCD camera imaging system as a recording device to quantify human DNA by slot blot hybridization

B. Budowle, W. R. Hudlow, S. B. Lee, L. Klevan

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Abstract

Slot blot hybridization of membrane-immobilized, single-stranded human DNA with the higher primate-specific alphoid probe D17Z1 is routinely used in forensic science to estimate the amount of DNA in biological samples. Typically, a chemiluminescent signal captured on film records the hybridization, and the quantity of the signal is related to the amount of immobilized DNA. Digital imaging using a cooled CCD camera offers an alternate non-film-based method for image acquisition with comparable sensitivity of detection, a greater dynamic range, enhanced capability of data interpretation, and often faster results than film. In addition, the data support the premise that more accurate and precise human DNA quantification should be obtained by not assuming a linear response of signal to known standards. Instead, quantity should be estimated using a second-order standard curve (R2 = 0.999). Finally, a CCD camera imaging system offers versatility for image capture of different signal sources and analysis of samples on a variety of support media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)680-685
Number of pages6
JournalBioTechniques
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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