A one-step SYBR Green I-based product-enhanced reverse transcriptase assay for the quantitation of retroviruses in cell culture supernatants
Pizzato M., Erlwein O., Bonsall D., Kaye S., Muir D., McClure MO.
PCR-enhanced reverse transcriptase assays (PERT) are sensitive tools for the detection of retroviruses in biological samples. The adaptation of real-time PCR techniques based on fluorescent probes (F-PERT) has added a reliable quantitative capacity to the assay. In the interest of economy and time, the SYBR Green I-based real-time detection system was used to establish a convenient one-step PERT assay (SG-PERT). This assay can be completed in 2 h, is linear over six orders of magnitude and can be used to quantify retroviruses belonging to divergent species, such as the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), murine leukemia virus (MLV) and prototypic foamy virus (PFV). © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.