We have developed a sensitive and reproducible gel mobility shift assay to detect PNA oligomers in tissue of treated animals. PNA present in purified tissue extracts of treated animals is hybridized to a 33P-labelled DNA oligomer probe, and analyzed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The PNA-DNA hybrid migrates more slowly than the DNA probe alone and can be quantified relative to a standard curve. This detection method is useful for detecting PNAs in many different tissues, including brain, heart, kidney, liver, spleen, and serum, as well as cells in culture. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.
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