Chemiluminescent Detection of T Cell PCR Products

Period of Performance: 09/01/1992 - 12/31/1993


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Salt Lake City, UT 84120
Principal Investigator


The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a powerful tool used in virtually all aspects of molecular biology. the proposal is to detect PCR products using a primer labeled with a fluorophore that is subsequently activated through a chemiluminescent (CL) reaction. The CL reaction will employ energy transfer, which is capable of activating several fluorophore labels with the same reaction. This has the potential for simultaneously activating and detecting several different colored PCR products in a single step. The additional advantages of nonradioactivity and speed seen with other CL systems should be possible. In this project the primer is labeled with fluorescein. The labeled primer is used to produce the corresponding labeled DNA using PCR. The products are separated by gel electrophoresis and transferred to a membrane. The labeled product is then detected through a CL reaction initiated by the addition of peroxyoxalate and hydrogen peroxide. The light produced gives a direct measurement of the amount of labeled DNA present. If successful, different colored PCR products could be detected simultaneously in the same preparation. Colored CL testing could detect multiple DNA probes for rapid screening or diagnostic testing.