Molecular and cellular probes. vol:6 issue:1 pages:33-9
An assay is described in which 11 mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene can be screened simultaneously. Six different exons of the CFTR gene are amplified in a single multiplex amplification. Biotinylated dUTP is incorporated into the different fragments during the amplification process. A sample of this mixture is then hybridized to 21 different poly-dT tailed oligonucleotide probes which are bound to a nylon membrane. In order to screen the different mutations in a single step hybridization, the length of the different oligonucleotides and the amount used in the assay were optimized. The detection is performed by binding avidin-alkaline phosphatase to the biotin, followed by a chemiluminescent reaction. By means of this fast and sensitive assay, about 85% of all the cystic fibrosis mutations in the Belgian population can be detected.