Fluorescent quenching-based quantitative detection of specific DNA/RNA using a BODIPY((R)) FL-labeled probe or primer

Nucleic Acids Res. 2001 Mar 15;29(6):E34. doi: 10.1093/nar/29.6.e34.


We have developed a simple method for the quantitative detection of specific DNA or RNA molecules based on the finding that BODIPY((R)) FL fluorescence was quenched by its interaction with a uniquely positioned guanine. This approach makes use of an oligonucleotide probe or primer containing a BODIPY((R)) FL-modified cytosine at its 5'-end. When such a probe was hybridized with a target DNA, its fluorescence was quenched by the guanine in the target, complementary to the modified cytosine, and the quench rate was proportional to the amount of target DNA. This widely applicable technique will be used directly with larger samples or in conjunction with the polymerase chain reaction to quantify small DNA samples.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Boron Compounds / chemistry*
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA / metabolism*
  • DNA Primers / chemistry
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • DNA Probes / chemistry
  • DNA Probes / genetics
  • Fluorescence
  • Globins / genetics
  • Humans
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA / metabolism*
  • Spectrometry, Fluorescence


  • 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene
  • Boron Compounds
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA Probes
  • RNA
  • Globins
  • DNA