Technology Transfer Corner: Microplate Hybridization Assay
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Microplate DNA Hybridization Assay

Example of a microplate assay to detect toxic dinoflagellates


A DNA hybridization assay in microtiter plate format can be used to provide quick, colorimetric detection of a variety of organisms.

This website provides a vehicle of knowledge transfer so that end-users can adapt this technique to the molecular probes of their choice or to provide an introduction to molecular methods for educational purposes.

Step-by-step written instructions and a video tutorial are provided.

Molecular probes for the species of interest are bound to the surface of microtiter plates.  DNA is amplified and labeled with biotin during thermal cycling, hybridized to the probe bound on the plates, and detected via HRP chemistry leading to a colorimetric reaction.   The assay gives immediate visual results, is more specific and convenient than a series of species-specific PCR reactions, and is faster, easier and less expensive than cloning.  It is simple to add and adapt probes to the assay.   The technique conserves the amount of genomic DNA utilized, which can be critical to certain applications.  The microplate assay can allow screening of samples without the microscopic or culturing expertise normally required.  Overall, the microplate assay offers the sensitivity and specificity of molecular analysis in a convenient, adaptable, and relatively inexpensive format. 


LEARN HOW -- A Visual Overview


LEARN HOW -- Watch the Video


LEARN HOW -- LINK TO: Written Protocol

LINK TO: Publication -- "A DNA hybridization assay to identify toxic dinoflagellates in coastal waters: detection of Karenia brevis in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve"

LINK TO: Poster Presentation

LINK TO: Project Bulletin on the CICEET web page

Kiesling,T., M. Diaz, A. Statzell-Tallman, and J.W. Fell (2002) Field identification of marine yeasts using DNA hybridization macroarrays. In: Marine Mycology:  The Organisms, Ecology and Applied Aspects. Hyde,K. (ed). Hong Kong: Fungal Diversity Press, 69-80.

K.D. Goodwin, S.A. Cotton, G. Scorzetti, and J.W. Fell (2005) A DNA hybridization assay to identify toxic dinoflagellates in coastal waters: detection of Karenia Brevis in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Harmful Algae, 4:411-422


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