A couple of weeks ago I posted a request for accounts of successes or
difficulties in scoring SSLP markers with various brands of agarose. The
responses are posted below (7 total). Metaphor and Nusieve from FMC were
the most popular brands.
Many thanks to all who responded, and good luck with your mapping!
We use 4% gels prepared with a high-resolution agarose blend (agarose
3:1) from Amresco (Solon, OH; www.amresco-inc.com; catalog# E776) and
1X TBE as running buffer (3 Vcm-1 for 3-5 hours). Also see
Dr. Wolf Scheible
We use Gibco BRL ultyre PURE Agarose (ref 15510-027) at 4% (w/v).
This is to identify differences in size bands superior to 15 bp
in the 80 - 300 bp range.
Dr. Pierre BERTHOMIEU
We use metaphor agarose from FMC. It is a good choice to
separate and distinguish bands with 4 bp differences and higher.
I have used FMC Nusieve 3:1 (4-4.5% conc) to separate upto 4 bp difference
consistently. Also, the gel thickness matters a lot. Thinner the gel and
thinner the well , better the separation. I tried BRL, but didn't get a
good separation and hard to cast the gel.
Sendil K Devadas
Hi I am using BMA metaphor agarose, cat # 50180. It works very well
at 2%, but pouring the gels is a project.
I use 2% Agarose (Gibco BRL) + 2% NuSieve GTG (FMC) in 1XTAE. I am happy
with the resolution in most cases. I think a 3bp difference for products
180-250bp is not detectable using agarose gel electrophoresis.
Scott E. Sattler
Regaring your newsgroup query: We have used Metaphor agarose (FMC) for all
our SSLP and many CAPS markers. We usually use 4% gels. Unfortunately,
Metaphor is very expensive. We have tried cheaper alternatives (such as
AgarGel L/F from Continental Lab Products), but have not been satisfied
with the results.
John M. McDowell
Dept. of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Fralin Biotechnology Center (0346)
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0346
email johnmcd at vt.edu