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Perfect dilution curve, but double peak melting curve on SYBR qPCR - (Jun/06/2013 )

Hi, All

I would really appreciate if you can give me some advice.

I'm using SYBR qPCR to amplify a fungal gene from genomic DNA. I've made a 1/10 dilution and the curve seems good, but the melting curve showed two peaks. I don't think it is primer dimers becuase there is noting on NTC (no amplificatin, no melting curve signal).


What else could it be? I'm amplified the ITS region (the barcode gene for fungi).

Many thanks.

Zewei

amplification curve:


melting curve:

-Marvin-

That usually means you have two distinct products. Perhaps you have multiple species in your sample?

-phage434-

phage434 on Fri Jun 7 01:33:58 2013 said:


That usually means you have two distinct products. Perhaps you have multiple species in your sample?


thanks.

But It doesn't look like the case. I extracted DNA from a pure petri dish culture and sequence the amplified region to verify it is pure culture. My primers were designed to only amplify the species I'm studyiing, at least in silico analysis (primer blast) showed it is unique.

I've also apply my assay on other fungi, which shouldn't be amplified, and they didn't.

-Marvin-

Have you run the product on a gel to see if there are multiple bands?

-phage434-

phage434 on Fri Jun 7 01:56:50 2013 said:


Have you run the product on a gel to see if there are multiple bands?


I'll do it tomorrow if they didn't throw off my plate But I've run the product on gel using tranditional PCR this week using same primers, and only got a single band.

-Marvin-

Even if there is a single band, it could be two sequences -- the ITS regions is typically the same length in different species. Only cloning and sequencing the fragments would really tell you if there are two different sequences.

-phage434-

phage434 on Fri Jun 7 13:16:20 2013 said:


Even if there is a single band, it could be two sequences -- the ITS regions is typically the same length in different species. Only cloning and sequencing the fragments would really tell you if there are two different sequences.


That is true. Anyway I ran the gel today, 1X TAE, 1% agarose for 1hr, only saw a single sharp band.

I've sent the product for Sanger sequencing, will update it next week.

But I think one possibility is that I've got heterozygous products, since fungi are Dikarya.

-Marvin-