International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 120, Issue 2, pp 115–120 | Cite as

A new “miniSTR-multiplex” displaying reduced amplicon lengths for the analysis of degraded DNA

  • P. Grubwieser
  • R. Mühlmann
  • B. Berger
  • H. Niederstätter
  • M. Pavlic
  • W. Parson
Technical Note


A multiplex PCR was designed for the loci D2S1338, D16S539, D18S51, TH01 and FGA using redesigned primers in order to reduce the lengths of the amplification products compared to the designs used in commercially available multiplex PCR kits, also including amelogenin. The new PCR primers were used to amplify highly degraded DNA from casework samples, which had shown no or only poor results for these loci in previous analyses with standard primer sets. The application of the new miniSTR-multiplex resulted in an increased overall typing success rate for degraded DNA samples. In a concordance study between the conventional and the newly designed primers, no genotype differences were revealed in 124 randomly selected individuals.


D2S1338 D16S539 D18S51 TH01 FGA Degraded DNA STRs Casework Forensic 



We would like to thank Hermann Schmitter and Andreas Hellmann (Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden, Germany) for their helpful discussion and providing primer sequences for the locus FGA. This study was partially supported by a grant of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Jubiläumsfondprojekt Nr.: S97/4 (Austrian National Bank).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Grubwieser
    • 1
  • R. Mühlmann
    • 1
  • B. Berger
    • 1
  • H. Niederstätter
    • 1
  • M. Pavlic
    • 1
  • W. Parson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal MedicineInnsbruck Medical UniversityInnsbruckAustria

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