arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction

arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction

[‚ar·bə¦trer·ə·lē ¦prīmd pə¦lim·ə‚rās ′chān rē‚ak·shən]
(cell and molecular biology)
A deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprinting technique in which one short arbitrary primer is used to amplify multiple DNA fragments of different length, which yield a fingerprint after separation in gel electrophoresis. Also known as random amplification.
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To differentiate the strains at the genome level, amplified fragment length polymorphism and arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were performed (7-9).
Molecular studies with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) (2), arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (AP-PCR) (3,4), and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) (5) have shown that these pandemic strains are clonally related.