Rapid SNP diagnostics using asymmetric isothermal amplification and a new mismatch-suppression technology.
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We developed a rapid single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection system named smart amplification process version 2 (SMAP 2). Because DNA amplification only occurred with a perfect primer match, amplification alone was sufficient to identify the target allele. To achieve the requisite fidelity to support this claim, we used two new and complementary approaches to suppress exponential background DNA amplification that resulted from mispriming events. SMAP 2 is isothermal and achieved SNP detection from whole human blood in 30 min when performed with a new DNA polymerase that was cloned and isolated from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius (Aac pol). Furthermore, to assist the scientific community in configuring SMAP 2 assays, we developed software specific for SMAP 2 primer design. With these new tools, a high-precision and rapid DNA amplification technology becomes available to aid in pharmacogenomic research and molecular-diagnostics applications.