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A simple fluorimetric method for the estimation of DNA-DNA relatedness between closely related microorganisms by thermal denaturation temperatures

AuthorsGonzález Grau, Juan Miguel ; Sáiz-Jiménez, Cesáreo
Issue Date2005
CitationExtremophiles 9(1): 75- 79 (2005)
AbstractDetermination of whole-genome DNA-DNA similarity is today a standard technique for species delineation in microbial taxonomy. However, these studies demand hard-to-perform and time-consuming experiments. Herein, we present an easy and rapid fluorimetric method to estimate DNA-DNA relatedness between microbial strains from differences of the thermal denaturation temperatures of hybrid and homologous genomic DNA. Double-stranded DNA was specifically stained with SYBR Green I, and its thermal denaturalization was followed by measuring a decrease in fluorescence. A quantitative, real-time PCR thermocycler was used to perform the experiment and obtain fluorescence determinations at increasing temperatures. The proposed method was validated by comparing species of the hyperthermophilic genera Pyrococcus and Thermococcus. The method proves to be an easy, rapid, and inexpensive alternative to estimate DNA-DNA relatedness between closely related species. © Springer-Verlag 2004.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1007/s00792-004-0417-0
issn: 1431-0651
e-issn: 1433-4909
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