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Isothermal Amplification & Strand Displacement

New England Biolab’s broad suite of enzyme reagents can support most of the approaches to isothermal amplification: nicking enzymes, RNA polymerases, strand-displacing DNA polymerases of a wide temperature range, and other enzymes provide a broad portfolio to assemble and design your isothermal amplification platform. 

Molecular diagnostic applications require high levels of consistency and the ability to set up reactions at room temperature or in high throughput formats. To address these needs in the isothermal space, NEB has created reversible inhibitors for many of the enzymes used in these workflows. Whereas traditional hot start mechanisms (e.g., chemical modifications and antibodies) require high heat steps to reverse inhibition, aptamers selected to control isothermally-relevant enzymes (Bst 2.0 DNA polymerase, WarmStart® RTx and Luna reverse transcriptases, etc.) dissociate from their targets at much lower temperatures, enabling their use in these rapid and lower temperature workflows. For more information on controlling enzyme activity with aptamers, refer to this article

In additional to enzyme control, NEB has engineered new variants of Bst large fragment to increase reaction speed, thermostability, robustness and inhibitor tolerance, as well as enhanced reverse transcriptase activity for single-enzyme RNA/DNA detection approaches (Bst 2.0, Bst 3.0). WarmStart RTx can be combined with the new Bst polymerases for optimum RNA detection. Additionally, our unique Colorimetric LAMP Master Mix includes a color-changing visual indicator for simple, rapid identification of amplification that does not require sophisticated instrumentation.

To additionally support diagnostic needs, many of the isothermal products and enzymes are available without glycerol and at custom concentrations for lyophilization or specific platform needs. Contact our NEBSolutions OEM team with any request for enzymes in a format different from what is listed on a product page.
Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Workflow
Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) uses 4-6 primers recognizing 6-8 distinct regions of target DNA. A strand-displacing DNA polymerase initiates synthesis and 2 of the primers form loop structures to facilitate subsequent rounds of amplification.

Strand Displacement Amplification workflow
Strand Displacement Amplification (SDA) utilizes two outer “bump” primers and two inner primers with 5’ tail regions that contain a nicking enzyme recognition site. In conjunction with a nicking enzyme (e.g., Nt.BstNBI), amplification of discrete DNA products occurs in rapid fashion.

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FAQs for Isothermal Amplification & Strand Displacement
Protocols for Isothermal Amplification & Strand Displacement
    Publications related to Isothermal Amplification & Strand Displacement
  1. Tanner NA, Evans TC Jr. 2014. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification for detection of nucleic acids Curr Protoc Mol Biol. 105, PubMedID: 24510439, DOI:
  2. Calvert AE, Biggerstaff BJ, Tanner NA, Lauterbach M, Lanciotti RS. 2017. Rapid colorimetric detection of Zika virus from serum and urine specimens by reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) PLoS One. 12(9):e0185340, PubMedID: 28945787, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185340
  3. Schoepp NG, Schlappi TS, Curtis MS, et al. 2017. Rapid pathogen-specific phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility testing using digital LAMP quantification in clinical samples Sci Transl Med. 9(410):eaal3693, PubMedID: 28978750, DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aal3693
  4. Poole, C.B., Sinha, A., Ettwiller, L., Apone, L., McKay, K., Panchapakesa, V., Lima, N.F., Ferreira, M.U., Wanji, S., Carlow, C.K.S 2019. In silico identification of novel biomarkers and development of new rapid diagnostic tests for the filarial parasites Mansonella perstans and Mansonella ozzardi Sci Rep. 9 (1), PubMedID: 31311985, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-46550-9
  5. Nzelu CO, Kato H, Peters NC. 2019. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP): An advanced molecular point-of-care technique for the detection of Leishmania infection PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 13(11):e0007698, PubMedID: 31697673, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007698
  6. Toldrà A, O'Sullivan CK, Campàs M. 2019. Detecting Harmful Algal Blooms with Isothermal Molecular Strategies Trends Biotechnol. 37(12):1278–1281, PubMedID: 31399265, DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.07.003
  7. Mao D , Chen T , Chen H , et al. 2019. pH-Based immunoassay: explosive generation of hydrogen ions through an immuno-triggered nucleic acid exponential amplification reaction Analyst. 144(13):4060–4065, PubMedID: 31165121, DOI: 10.1039/c9an00506d
  8. Zhang M, Ye J, He JS, et al. 2020. Visual detection for nucleic acid-based techniques as potential on-site detection methods. A review. Anal Chim Acta. 1099:1–15, PubMedID: 31986265, DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2019.11.056
DNA Polymerase Selection Chart
NEB offers a guidelines for choosing the correct DNA polymerase for your application by providing a list of specific properites.
Several factors govern which polymerase should be used in a given application, including: 

Template/product specificity: Is RNA or DNA involved? Is the 3´ terminus at a gap, nick or at the end of the template? 

Removal of existing nucleotides: Will the nucleotide(s) be removed from the existing polynucleotide chain as part of the protocol? If so, will they be removed from the 5´ or the 3´ end? 

Thermal stability: Does the polymerase need to survive incubation at high temperature or is heat inactivation desirable? 

Fidelity: Will subsequent sequence analysis or expression depend on the fidelity of the synthesized products?

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