UNIT 7.4B Dideoxy DNA Sequencing with Chemiluminescent Detection

  1. Chris S. Martin

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142727.mb0704bs47

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

How to Cite

Martin, C. S. 2001. Dideoxy DNA Sequencing with Chemiluminescent Detection. Current Protocols in Molecular Biology. 47:7.4B:7.4B.1–7.4B.14.

Author Information

  1. Tropix, Inc., Bedford, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JUL 1999


Standard dideoxy DNA sequencing can be performed easily and efficiently with nonisotopic, chemiluminescent detection by utilizing primers labeled with biotin in the sequencing reactions. As described in this unit, reaction products are separated by denaturing gel electrophoresis, transferred to a nylon membrane, and detected by first binding a streptavidin-alkaline phosphatase conjugate, then incubating with a chemiluminescent 1,2-dioxetane substrate. The emitted light signal is imaged on standard X-ray film, producing high-resolution DNA sequencing ladders. Indirect alkaline phosphatase-labeling of biotinylated DNA with free streptavidin and biotinylated alkaline phosphatase is also detailed, Finally, the detection of sequencing reactions labeled with other haptens using specific antibody-alkaline phosphatase conjugates is described.