Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.344, No.4, 1080-1085, 2006
LoPPS: A long PCR product sequencing method for rapid characterisation of long amplicons
Here, we propose an optimised protocol (LoPPS, long PCR product sequencing) which allows the fast, cost-attractive, and high-throughput sequencing of long PCR products. LoPPS constitutes an alternative to the primer-walking technology which is expensive and time consuming but remains the current standard procedure. It is based on the ultrasonic shearing, polishing, and cloning of PCR or RT-PCR products and is compatible with 96- or 384-well microplate systems in which bacterial growth, preparation of plasmid DNA, and sequencing can be automated. We present results obtained from 24 different RT-PCR products (2.5-4.8 kbp long) obtained from various RNA viruses and fully sequenced using LoPPS. The method proved to be robust and fast. It was successfully used on a low amount of DNA and allowed each target nucleotide position to be controlled twice or more, with a final cost which is one-third of that of primer-walking. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.