Absolute quantification of specific nucleic acids by RT-PCR using a nonlinear mathematical model for data analysis

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Abstract

  • Quantification of specific nucleic acids plays a key role in the study of gene expression and in the clinical analysis of viral loads such as for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Among methods developed for this purpose, competitive (RT)-PCR, 1 [polymerase chain reaction (PCR), with or without prior reverse transcription (RT)] is the most popular for its high sensitivity and relatively low cost. However, in the past decade the method has not improved much to overcome its main drawbacks: the difficulty of generating valid internal standards 2-4 and the controversy over its accuracy. 4-12.
  • International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9780849311840
  • Start Page

  • 235
  • End Page

  • 244