Oligonucleotide probes labeled with fluorescent dyes are used in a variety of in situ applications to detect specific DNA or RNA molecules. It has been described that probe fluorescence might be quenched upon hybridization in a sequence specific way. Here, a set of 17 oligonuleotides labeled with 6-carboxyfluorescein was used to examine the relevance of nucleotide specific quenching for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to whole fixed bacterial cells. Probes quenched upon hybridization to a guanine-rich region of purified RNA in solution were not quenched upon FISH. Among other factors the high protein concentration within cells may prevent quenching of probe fluorescence in situ.
- 6-carboxyfluorescein (6-FAM)
- Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)
- Fluorescent dyes
- Nucleobase-specific quenching
- Oligonucleotide probes
- Photoinduced electron transfer