A panel of PCR-inhibitory reference materials for quality evaluation of multiplex STR analysis kits
2015 (English)In: Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series, ISSN 1875-1768, E-ISSN 1875-175X, Vol. 5, e317-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PCR inhibition is a critical parameter in forensic DNA analysis. Substances interfering with amplification of short tandem repeats (STRs) may generate partial and/or ambiguous DNA profiles. We present a strategy for developing a broad panel of PCR-inhibitory reference materials (RMs), representing common casework samples. Our panel, including solutions prepared from for example cigarettes, chewing gum and soil, is a tool for in-house validation and lot testing of STR systems. PowerPlex ESX 16 Fast System tolerated high levels of some RMs, but several substances caused amplification problems. Humic acid had a negative effect on amelogenin, moist snuff hindered amplification of longer fragments, and chewing gum caused generally lowered allele peak heights. Applying a broad panel of RMs ensures that a wide range of inhibitory substances are tested, giving an improved understanding of inhibitor tolerance and effects.
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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 5, e317-319 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123670DOI: 10.1016/j.fsigss.2015.09.126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123670DiVA: diva2:891642