1 Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, SDU2 NAC, Institut for Fysik og Kemi, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, SDU3 unknown4 Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, SDU
The selection of nucleic acid aptamers is an increasingly important approach to generate specific ligands binding to virtually any molecule of choice. However, selection-inherent amplification procedures are prone to artificial by-product formation that prohibits the enrichment of target-recognizing aptamers. Little is known about the formation of such by-products when employing nucleic acid libraries as templates. We report on the formation of two different forms of by-products, named ladder- and non-ladder-type observed during repetitive amplification in the course of in vitro selection experiments. Based on sequence information and the amplification behaviour of defined enriched nucleic acid molecules we suppose a molecular mechanism through which these amplification by-products are built. Better understanding of these mechanisms might help to find solutions minimizing by-product formation and improving the success rate of aptamer selection.