Systematic cloning of human minisatellites from ordered array charomid libraries

Genomics. 1990 Nov;8(3):501-12. doi: 10.1016/0888-7543(90)90037-u.


We present a rapid and efficient method for the isolation of minisatellite loci from human DNA. The method combines cloning a size-selected fraction of human MboI DNA fragments in a charomid vector with hybridization screening of the library in ordered array. Size-selection of large MboI fragments enriches for the longer, more variable minisatellites and reduces the size of the library required. The library was screened with a series of multi-locus probes known to detect a large number of hypervariable loci in human DNA. The gridded library allowed both the rapid processing of positive clones and the comparative evaluation of the different multi-locus probes used, in terms of both the relative success in detecting hypervariable loci and the degree of overlap between the sets of loci detected. We report 23 new human minisatellite loci isolated by this method, which map to 14 autosomes and the sex chromosomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteriophage lambda / genetics
  • Cloning, Molecular*
  • DNA Probes
  • DNA, Recombinant / isolation & purification*
  • DNA, Satellite / genetics*
  • Deoxyribonucleases, Type II Site-Specific
  • Gene Library*
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Humans
  • Hybrid Cells
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Rodentia


  • DNA Probes
  • DNA, Recombinant
  • DNA, Satellite
  • Genetic Markers
  • Deoxyribonucleases, Type II Site-Specific
  • GATC-specific type II deoxyribonucleases