We have developed a low-density oligonucleotide-based micro-array where 5′-end-tethered capture probe sequences were derived from Primer Express software. The capture probes represent hydrolysis probe sequences devoid of any fluorochromes and were shown to retain hybridization binding specificity to their amplicons; hybridization specificity was retained independent to probe sequences. This procedure allowed the specificity of each capture probe to be verified using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the presence of nucleic acid sequences typically expected to be present within a sample and therefore has reduced possibility of nonspecific hybridization when used in a micro-array format. We propose that specificity-validated probes are applied to form a micro-array for the purpose of general target screening, with incumbent multiparallelization and cost and time savings. However, if required, the subset of probe sequences of interest can be used for quantitative assessment in conventional real-time PCR. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
- Real-time PCR