A valid real-time PCR assay is characterized by four key properties:
- PCR efficiency
Multiple factors can affect these critical points; beside plastic ware, primer design, and master mix, the performance of the real-time PCR cycler itself influences the results. It is mandatory, for this reason, to guarantee the best properties of the real-time PCR cycler in order to rely on the outcome of the applied real-time PCR.
Discriminating between small dilution steps, even down to 1:1.5 is one of the most challenging requirements. This proves the accuracy and dependability of the performance of the real-time PCR cycler and so, of all data generated using the device.
Methods and materials
Primers that are specific for the 16S rRNA gene of E. coli have been employed for this experiment for the amplification of a 120 bp fragment in seven dilution steps with six replicates á 20 µl reaction volume for each concentration.
The master mix employed was Analytik Jena’s innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Sensitive. The time-temperature-profile begins with 2 minutes at 95 °C, followed by 45 cycles with 5 sec at 95 °C, 5 sec at 58 °C and 15 sec at 72 °C and finishes with a melting curve (60 – 95 °C, 15-sec equilibration and 1 °C increment).
Data were acquired in color module 1 (470 nm/520 nm, gain = 5) of qTOWER³ G touch for SyGreen.
The linear regression of the 1.5-fold dilution series yields a PCR efficiency of 97 % (slope = -3.41) and R² = 0.998.
Figure 1. Amplification plot for 6-time 1.5-fold dilution of E. coli genomic DNA, amplified using primers specific for 16S rRNA gene. With automated threshold settings results are as follows for Ct (SD): 106 copies, dark red = 16.11 (0.04); 6,67·105 copies, light green = 16.83 (0.05); 4.44·105 copies, dark blue = 17.31 (0.04); 2.96·105 copies, green = 18.05 (0.03); 1.98·105 copies, red = 18.59 (0.03); 1.32·105 copies, yellow = 19.18 (0.03); 8.78·104, blue = 19.72 (0.03).
Figure 2. Melting peaks of the PCR amplicons result in a melting temperature of 78.80 °C with an SD of 0.13 °C.
The Analytik Jena qTOWER³ G touch can detect and clearly differentiate between minute concentration alterations. In the 1.5-fold dilution series that was carried out, high precision discrimination was seen in a reaction with a R² of 0.998 and a PCR efficiency of 97 %.
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