Amplification and sequencing of variable regions in bacterial 23S ribosomal RNA genes with conserved primer sequences
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Published bacterial 23S ribosomal RNA sequences were aligned, and universally conserved regions flanking highly variable regions were looked for. In strategically positioned conserved regions, six oligonucleotides suitable for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing were designed, allowing fast sequencing of four of the most variable 23S rRNA regions. Two other primers were designed for PCR amplification of nearly complete 23S rRNA genes. All these primers successfully amplified fragments of 23S rRNA genes from seven unrelated bacteria. Four primers were used to determine 938 bp of sequence forCampylobacter jejuni subsp.jejuni. These results indicate that the oligonucleotide sequences presented here are useful for PCR amplification and sequence determination of variable 23S rRNA regions for a broad variety of eubacterial species.
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