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Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing

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Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing (also known as SMRT) is a parallelized single molecule DNA sequencingby synthesis technology developed by Pacific Biosciences. Single Molecule Real Time sequencing utilizes the Zero-mode waveguide (ZMW), developed in the laboratory of Harold G. Craighead [1] at Cornell University. A single DNA polymerase enzyme is affixed at the bottom of a ZMW with a single molecule of DNA as a template. The ZMW is a structure that creates an illuminated observation volume that is small enough to observe only a single nucleotide of DNA (also known as a base) being incorporated by DNA polymerase. Each of the four DNA bases is attached to one of four different fluorescent dyes. When a nucleotide is incorporated by the DNA polymerase, the fluorescent tag is cleaved off and diffuses out of the observation area of the ZMW where its fluorescence is no longer observable. A detector detects the fluorescent signal of the nucleotide incorporation, and the base call is made according to the corresponding fluorescence of the dye.




Overview of Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing

The DNA sequencing is done on a chip that contains many ZMWs. Inside each ZMW, a single active DNA polymerase with a single molecule of single stranded DNA template is immobilized to the bottom through which light can penetrate and create a visualization chamber that allows monitoring of the activity of the DNA polymerase at a single molecule level. The signal from a phospho-linked nucleotide incorporated by the DNA polymerase is detected as the DNA synthesis proceeds which results in the DNA sequencing in real time.

[edit]Phospholinked Nucleotide

For each of the nucleotide bases, there are four corresponding fluorescent dye molecules that enable the detector to identify the base being incorporated by the DNA polymerase as it performs the DNA synthesis. The fluorescent dye molecule is attached to the phosphate chain of the nucleotide. When the nucleotide is incorporated by the DNA polymerase, the fluorescent dye is cleaved off with the phosphate chain as a part of a natural DNA synthesis process during which a phosphodiester bond is created to elongate the DNA chain. The cleaved fluorescent dye molecule then diffuses out of the detection volume so that the fluorescent signal is no longer detected. [2]

[edit]Zero-Mode Waveguide (ZMW)

The zero-mode waveguide is a nanophotonic confinement structure that consists of a circular hole in an aluminum cladding film deposited on a clear silica substrate[3]. The ZMW holes are ~70 nm in diameter and ~100 nm in depth. Due to the behavior of light when it travels through a small aperture, the optical field decays exponentially inside the chamber [4]. The observation volume within an illuminated ZMW is ~20 zeptoliters (20 X 10−21 liters). Within this volume, the activity of DNA polymerase incorporating a single nucleotide can be readily detected.

[edit]Current Status of Sequencing Performance

Pacific Biosciences expects to commercialize SMRT sequencing in 2010 or 2011. The prototype of the SMRT chip contains 1000 ZMW holes that allow parallelized DNA sequencing. Each of the ZMW holes produces approximately 1,500 bp (base pair) read lengths at a speed of 10 bp per second.


Single Molecule Real Time sequencing will be applicable for a broad range of genomics research, namely:

  • De novo genome sequencing: The read length from the Single Molecule Real Time sequencing is currently comparable to that from the Sanger sequencing method based on dideoxynucleotide chain termination. The longer read length allows de novo genome sequencing and easier genome assemblies.
  • Individual whole genome sequencing: Individual genome sequencing may utilize the Single Molecule Real Time sequencing method for personalized medicine.
  • Resequencing: A same DNA molecule can be resequenced independently by creating the circular DNA template and utilizing a strand displacing enzyme that separates the newly synthesized DNA strand from the template.[2]


  1. ^ M.J. Levene, J. Korlach, S.W. Turner, M. Foquet, H.G. Craighead, W.W. Webb, Zero-Mode Waveguides for Single-Molecule Analysis at high concentrations. Science. 299 (2003) 682-686
  2. a b Pacific Biosciences Technology Backgrounder from Pacific Biosciences
  3. ^ J. Korlach, P.J. Marks, R.L. Cicero, J.J. Gray, D.L. Murphy, D.B. Roitman, T.T. Pham, G.A. otto, M. Foquet, S.W. Turner, Selective aluminum passivation for targeted immobilization of single DNA polymerase molecules in zero-mode waveguide nanostructures. PNAS. 105(2008) 1176-1181
  4. ^ M. Foquet, K.T. Samiee, X. Kong, B.P. Chauduri, P.M. Lundquist, S.W. Turner, J. Freudenthal, d.B. Roitman, Improved fabrication of zero-mode waveguides for single-molecule detection. Journal of Applied Physics. 103 (2008) 034301-1-034301-9

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Peter Belobrov,
17 апр. 2010 г., 16:22