In many apoptotic systems the final demise of the DNA results in the generation of multinucleosomal-sized DNA fragments, which appear as a DNA ladder after agarose electrophoresis. Extensive DNA fragmentation can be detected by ethidium bromide staining. Visualization of low levels of DNA fragmentation, however, requires both a more sensitive detection system, as well as a method of DNA extraction, that limits the extent of high molecular weight DNA shearing. We have found that the use of C0t-1 repetitive DNA as a probe for Southern analysis of DNA ladders is a sensitive method to detect low levels of DNA fragmentation. We have applied this methodology in the detection of DNA fragmentation in the normal developing C57BL/6 mouse retina at stages in which there is known DNA fragmentation, as well as in human Y-79 retinoblastoma cells grown in culture. We have found that in many instances in which there is no detectable DNA ladder with ethidium bromide staining a very definitive DNA ladder can be visualized via Southern blot analysis with a C0t-1 DNA probe.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemistry and cell biology = Biochimie et biologie cellulaire|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology