Detection of Mutations in Mycobacteria by PCR-SSCP (Single-Strand Conformation Polymorphism)

  • Amalio Telenti
  • Nadine Honoré
  • Stewart T. Cole
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 101)


There are a number of techniques available for the detection and characterization of mutations that take advantage of the flexibility and power of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (Table 1). Sequencing remains the gold standard, but it is not very efficient as a screening tool, in particular when evaluating large numbers of samples, or multiple or extended stretches of DNA. f the available techniques, single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis (SSCP) appears as one of the most versatile techniques, amenable to automation, and optimal for screening for known or unknown mutations.
Table 1

Main PCR-Based Strategies for Detection of Mutations


Relevant reference

Sequencing of PCR products


Mutation-specific priming


Restriction-enzyme analysts of PCR products


Selective ohgonucleotide hybridization


Constant denaturmg gel electrophoresis (CDGE)


Temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (TGGE)


Dtdeoxy tingerprmting


Heteroduplex formation analysis


Cleavase fragment-length polymorphism (CFLP)


Ribonuclease A cleavage of mismatched RNA.DNA duplexes


Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP)



Methyl Mercury SSCP Analysis Electrophoresis Unit SSCP Pattern Extended Stretch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amalio Telenti
    • 1
  • Nadine Honoré
    • 2
  • Stewart T. Cole
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Medical MicrobiologyUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Unité de Génétique Mycobacterienne, Departement de Bacterilogie et MycologieInstitut PasteurParisFrance
  3. 3.Unite de Genetique Mycobacterienne, Departement de Bacteriologie et MycologieInstitut PasteurParisFrance

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