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Letter to the Editor regarding Hubacek et al.’s report “Lack of an association between SNPs within the cholinergic receptor genes and smoking behavior in a Czech post-MONICA study”

In the article Hubacek et al. (2014)Hubacek JA, Lanska V and Adamkova V (2014) Lack of an association between SNPs within the cholinergic receptor genes and smoking behavior in a Czech post-MONICA study. Genet Mol Biol 37(4):625-630. published in this journal, a genetic variant of CHRNA3 was examined. We think that molecular sizes for the PCR product and the restriction fragments for the analysis of rs578776 were presented erroneously in Table 1. In this table, it said that the PCR product encompasses 167 base pairs (bp) and the restriction fragment sizes are 100 bp and 67 bp for the C allele when the PCR product was cut by the enzyme NlaIII. However, the actual size of the PCR product should be 146 bp, and restriction fragments should be 82 bp, 54 bp and 10 bp for the C allele; and 92 bp and 54 bp for the T allele. In Figure 1 we describe here the PCR product and the restriction fragments predicted by using the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSCUniversity of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genome Browser In Silico PCR Tool: https://genome.ucsc.edu/cgi-bin/hgPcr (Accessed on July 7, 2017)
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) Genome Browser In Silico PCR Tool with the primers 5’-TTC TTT ACT GGG TCT AAA GGG CTA TGC C-3’, 5’-ATC CAC CCA GTT TAT GGT GTA CTA AG-3’ and the restriction enzyme NlaIII, as used in Table 1 of the article. We also performed an in silico restriction analysis using NEBcutter V2.0.NEBcutter V2.0: http://nc2.neb.com/NEBcutter2/ (Accessed on July 7, 2017)
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Figure 2 demonstrates an actual example of the restriction pattern obtained in our laboratory.

Figure 1
The genetic sequence of the PCR product of 146 bp for the analysis of CHRNA3 rs578776 with the restriction sites for NlaIII. (chromosome 15: 78595991-78596136, Accession Number: NM_000743.4). aSingle nucleotide polymorphism: (C/T); bNlaIII recognition sites underlined; ↓Restriction Points.
Figure 2
The actual restriction pattern of the PCR product for CHRNA3 rs578776 by using NlaIII.

Since other researchers who may wish to apply the methodology in the future may be misled by the erroneous information published, we would like to bring this error to attention for a possible correction.

Reference

  • Hubacek JA, Lanska V and Adamkova V (2014) Lack of an association between SNPs within the cholinergic receptor genes and smoking behavior in a Czech post-MONICA study. Genet Mol Biol 37(4):625-630.

Internet Resources

  • Associate Editor: Carlos F. M. Menck

Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    17 May 2018
  • Date of issue
    Apr./June 2018

History

  • Received
    12 July 2017
  • Accepted
    19 Sept 2017
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