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, 54 (3), 255-61

Technicalities and Glitches of Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (T-RFLP)

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Technicalities and Glitches of Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (T-RFLP)

Om Prakash et al. Indian J Microbiol.

Abstract

Terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) is a rapid, robust, inexpensive and simple tool for microbial community profiling. Methods used for DNA extraction, PCR amplification and digestion of amplified products have a considerable impact on the results of T-RFLP. Pitfalls of the method skew the similarity analysis and compromise its high throughput ability. Despite a high throughput method of data generation, data analysis is still in its infancy and needs more attention. Current article highlights the limitations of the methods used for data generation and analysis. It also provides an overview of the recent methodological developments in T-RFLP which will assist the readers in obtaining real and authentic profiles of the microbial communities under consideration while eluding the inherent biases and technical difficulties.

Keywords: Impreciseness; Microbial ecology; NGS, next generation sequencing; Reproducibility; Resolution.

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