Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 461–474

Evaluation of membrane filter methods for DNA-DNA hybridization

  • J. De Ley
  • R. Tijtgat


Three membrane filter methods for DNA hybridization were compared. In all of them filter-fixed DNA is spontaneously released during incubation. The effect depends largely on the temperature: 40 to 85% of DNA is released at 70 to 80 C; at higher temperatures most of the DNA is released and heterologous DNA relatedness values are unreliable. Only the dimethylsulfoxide filter method (Legault-Démare et al., 1967) can be recommended for the entire temperature and % GC range.

The methods of Denhardt (1966) and of Warnaar and Cohen (1966) are not recommended for hybridizations of DNA containing more than 50% GC. Impure DNA yields too low DNA relatedness values.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. De Ley
    • 1
  • R. Tijtgat
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Microbiology and Microbial Genetics, Faculty of SciencesState UniversityGentBelgium

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