Manual reverse primer design for bisulfite traeted DNA - (Oct/08/2009 )
I am trying to design BSPs for a particular plant gene. I am using online tools to design my primers. However, there is a particular stretch in the gene for which the tool is unable to generate any primer set. This region has high CpG % as predicted by CpGplot tool and is a potential target. So, I plan to design the primers manually.
My question is, when I design reverse primers am I supposed get the reverse complement first and then change all the Cs to Ts or is it the other way around?
Any suggestion would be of great help.
Thanks in advance.
not sure if that’s what you meant but to design primers better convert your sequence first and decide on which "original" dna strand you will work as after conversion they’re not complementary any longer.
So convert DNA – sense strand as I suppose - and design primers to bind this sequence. Therefore the reverse primer will already have the converted sequence and just reverse complement it before ordering.
Thank you very much.
So if my sequence is something like (Just as an example)
Say my forward primer is
TGYTTYTTTTGAGGGGGTAGYYGGGG where Y= C or T
For designing reverse primer
assuming conversion (C->T) has occurred, the sequence would change to
Then reverse primer would be
Is this correct? Please correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks one again for you help.
provided of course there are no potentially methylated Cs in your final primer - must be terribly hard when working on plants BTW, i don't envy you.. sure I know what you showed was just an example and has nothing to do with what you'll design.
I usually use snake charmer (http://insilico.ehu.es/restriction/two_seq/snake_charmer.html) for in silico sequence conversion and then use a standard primer design program (like oligo) or my own hand to design primers - i think it works much better than all the tools designed specifically for methylation studies. Snake charmer is probably not the best choice for you, but I came across sth named kismeth, guess you already know it
OMG, stupid me to write your primer should't cover a C containing region, it's probably impossible in plants. Sorry, mammals on my mind