Test of the potential of a dATP surrogate for sequencing via MALDI-MS. Academic Article uri icon


  • 1-(2'-Deoxy-beta-d-ribofuranosyl)-3-nitropyrrole phosphate was incorporated into a DNA decamer and analyzed via matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). The extent and composition of the various fragment peaks were compared with those in the MALDI-MS spectrum of dT4AT5. The nitropyrrole-containing oligomer proved to be more robust. Two different DNA template assays were then used to attempt to identify DNA replicating enzymes that would incorporate the corresponding triphosphate, i.e. 1-(2'-deoxy-beta-d-ribofuranosyl)-3-nitropyrrole triphosphate (dXTP). It was shown that dXTP was not incorporated by some enzymes and it inhibited others. However, DNA polymerase I Klenow fragment and avian myeloblastosis virus reverse transcriptase incorporated dXTP in place of dATP and then replicated the template overhang in the usual way. The potential of dXTP as a surrogate for dATP in DNA sequencing with MALDI-MS analysis is discussed.

published proceedings

  • Nucleic Acids Res

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Jacutin, S., Zhang, A. J., Russell, D. H., Gibbs, R. A., & Burgess, K.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Jacutin, S||Zhang, AJ||Russell, DH||Gibbs, RA||Burgess, K

publication date

  • December 1997