CiteWeb id: 19770000014

CiteWeb score: 9177

DOI: 10.1016/0022-2836(77)90052-3

Circular (e.g. simian virus 40) and linear (e.g. λ phage) DNAs have been labeled to high specific radioactivities (>108 cts/min per μg) in vitro using deoxynucleoside [α-32P]triphosphates (100 to 250 Ci/mmol) as substrates and the nick translation activity of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase I. The reaction product yields single-stranded fragments about 400 nucleotides long following denaturation. Because restriction fragments derived from different regions of the nick-translated DNA have nearly the same specific radioactivity (cts/min per 10[su3] bases), we infer that nicks are introduced, and nick translation is initiated, with equal probability within all internal regions of the DNA. Such labeled DNAs (and restriction endonuclease fragments derived from them) are useful probes for detecting rare homologous sequences by in situ hybridization and reassociation kinetic analysis.