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Un genio bizzarro -Kary Banks Mullis nasce il 28 dicembre 1944 a Lenoir, North Carolina. -Nel 1962 si diploma alla Dreher High School di Columbia, South.

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1 Un genio bizzarro -Kary Banks Mullis nasce il 28 dicembre 1944 a Lenoir, North Carolina. -Nel 1962 si diploma alla Dreher High School di Columbia, South Carolina. -Nel 1966 consegue il master in chimica al Georgia institute of Thecnology. -Nel 1972 consegue il Ph.D. in biochimica allUniversità della California a Berkeley. -Nel 1973 ottiene una borsa di studio post-dottorato in cardiologia pediatrica allUniversity of Kansas Medical School. -Nel 1977 si trasferisce allUniversità della California per occuparsi di chimica farmaceutica. - Nel 1979 è assunto dalla Cetus Corporation di Emeryville, California, come chimico esperto del DNA. - Nel 1983 inventa la Reazione a Catena della Polimerasi per la quale nel 1993 gli sarà conferito il premio Nobel per la chimica. - Nel 1986 viene nominato direttore per la Biologia Molecolare della Xytronyx Inc. di San Diego (California). -Attualmente è vicepresidente per la Biologia Molecolare presso la Burstein Techologies con sede ad Irvine in California. Referenze Saiki et al. (1985) Science 230:1350. Saiki et al. (1986) Nature 324:163. Mullis & Faloona (1987) Meth. Enzymol. 155:335. Erlish et al. (1988) Nature 331:461. Letture consigliate LE SCIENZE dossier N

2 La grande intuizione di Kary Mullis DNA stampo primer 1 DNA polimerasi primer 2 DNA polimerasi

3 The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) The standard PCR reaction, typically done in a volume of l, contains: - DNA template ( copies) - Appropriate buffer (50 mM KCl, 10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8) - Magnesium (1,5-3 mM) - dNTPs ( M each) - Primers bases in length (10-20 pmoles each) - Taq DNA polymerase (1-2 Units) T gradient DNA thermal cyclers

4 Template DNA molecules with a constant-length end and a variable-length end

5 N° = i x 2 n where: i = initial number of DNA molecules (duplex DNA with constant 5- and 3-ends.) n = number of cycles Theoretical PCR amplification of a target fragment with increasing number of cycles

6 Primer selection -Select primers with a random base distribution and when possible with reasonably high GC content. -Avoid sequence with significant secondary structure. -Check the primers against each other for complementarity. Effect of Mg 2+ concentration Generally excess of Mg 2+ will result in the accumulation of non- specific amplification products and insufficient Mg 2+ will reduce the yield. MgCl 2 (mM) 1,8 Kb Effect of Taq polymerase concentration Generally the optimum concentration of Taq polymerase is 1-4 units per 100 l reaction. Increasing amounts can result in greater production of non-specific amplification products and reduced yield of the desired target fragment. 110 bp Units per 100 l reaction

7 The melting temperature (Tm) of a PCR primer A) 5-GCGTTAGGCCAGCGGG-3 Tm = 56°C B) 5-CCATTTGAAATTTATA-3 Tm = 38°C C) 5-AGGTCCCCATCAGCGC-3 Tm = 54°C C-G = 4°C A-T = 2°C Cycling Parameters Denaturation: DNA is denatured by briefly heating the samples to °C. Annealing: the primers are allowed to anneal to their complementary sequences by cooling to 40-60°C. Because of the very large molar excess of primers present in the reaction mix, hybridization occurs almost instantaneously and long incubation at the annealing temperature is not required (10-60 sec). Extension: the annealed primers are extended with Taq polymerase by heating to °C. The time of incubation varies according to the length of the target being amplified: allowing 1 min. for each kilobases of sequence is almost certainly excessive (Taq polymerase can add up to nucleotides per sec).

8 If the primers bind to more than one locus (e.g. paralog or common domain), then more than one segment of DNA will be amplified. To control for these possibilities, investigators often employ nested primers to ensure specificity. Nested PCR means that two pairs of PCR primers were used for a single locus. The first pair amplified the locus as seen in any PCR experiment. The second pair of primers (nested primers) bind within the first PCR product and produce a second PCR product that will be shorter than the first one The logic behind this strategy is that if the wrong locus were amplified by mistake, the probability is very low that it would also be amplified a second time by a second pair of primers. This procedure is designed to increase the sensitivity of PCR by directly re-amplifying the product from a primary PCR with a second PCR. First set of primers and Second set of primers and Nested PCR

9 Principali applicazioni della PCR 1)Clonaggio di geni e screening di librerie genomiche 2)Manipolazioni e sequenziamento del DNA 3)DNA fingerprinting in medicina legale (test di paternità e di identificazione di reperti biologici) 4) Ricerca di OGM e tracciabilità degli alimenti 5)Test per rilevare infezioni batteriche e virali (HIV, Mycobacterium tubercolosis) 6)Test per lidentificazione di oncogeni (ras) 7)Studi di evoluzione molecolare (DNA antico) 8)Studi del polimorfismo del DNA

10 Agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA The gel slabs for DNA analysis are either agarose ( 0,6-2 %) or polyacrylamide (5-12 %) Lanes 1,3 and 5 = undigested DNA (S) Lanes 2,4 and 6 = linearized DNA (L) DNA/HindIII L S Analysis of plasmid DNA

11 Y = -0,026 X + 3,945 Y = -1, ,945 A DNA fragment migrated 49 mm Y = 2,671 antilogY 469 bp When an electric current is passed through the gel, each fragment moves down it at a rate that is inversely related to the log of its molecular weight.

12 Agarose is derived from various species of seaweed (Gracilaria or Gelidium). The agarobiose repeat unit forms long chains with an average molecular mass of Daltons. There are also charged groups present on the polysaccharide, most notably pyruvates and sulphates Agarobiose basic repeating unit of AGAROSE - The gelation process involves the formation of a macroporous matrix (the pore size nm varies with concentration and type of agarose). - Agarose gels are thermoreversible (Melting T = 93°C ; Gelling T °C) DNA can be readily detected at high sensitivity in a gel. The bands of DNA in the gel are stained with the intercalating dye ethidium bromide, and as little as ng of DNA in one band can be detected as visible fluorescence when the gel is illuminated with UV light ( 300 nm). EtBr

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