Shortening full-length aptamer by crawling base deletion – Assisted by Mfold web server application

Subash C.B. Gopinath, Thangavel Lakshmipriya, M.K. Md Arshad, C.H. Voon, Tijjani Adam, Uda Hashim, Harbant Singh, Suresh V. Chinni
2017 Journal of the Association of Arab Universities for Basic and Applied Sciences  
Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential enrichment (SELEX) is the method to select the specific aptamer against a wide range of targets. For this process, the initial library usually has a length of random sequences from 25 and it reaches over 100 bases. The lengthy sequences have disadvantages such as difficult to prepare, less stable and expensive. It is wise to prefer shorter version of aptamer for a wide range of applications including drug delivery process. It is a common practice
more » ... shorten the full-length aptamer by mapping analyses and it is tedious. Here, we used a crawling method to shorten the aptamer by different sequential deletion of bases from both 5 0 and 3 0 ends, assisted by Mfold web server application. Two different kinds of aptamer with varied lengths (randomized region of 30 and 74 bases) were desired for this study, generated against Influenza A/Panama/2007/1999 (H3N2) and gD protein of Herpes Simplex Virus-1. It was found that shortening the aptamer length by crawling pattern is possible with the assistance of Mfold web server application. The obtained results resemble the shortened aptamer derived by mapping analyses. The proposed strategy is recommended to predict the shorter aptamer without involving any wet experimental section. Ó 2016 University of Bahrain. Publishing services by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
doi:10.1016/j.jaubas.2016.07.001 fatcat:2l3xhvr5d5bxhejlechq3tnhhq