When should I use one-step as opposed to two-step qRT-PCR?
Posted August 14, 2023
Consider these factors when deciding between one-step and two-step qRT-PCR:
One-step qRT-PCR combines first-step cDNA synthesis and subsequent PCR in a single reaction tube. This simplifies workflow, minimizes potential contamination, and reduces variation. It is suitable for processing large sample numbers, making it ideal for high-throughput applications.
On the other hand, two-step qRT-PCR involves separate reactions for first-strand cDNA synthesis and PCR, allowing the detection of multiple genes in a single RNA sample. This approach ensures specificity and efficiency.
Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, so choose based on your specific experimental needs. One-step is efficient for quantifying the same gene(s) repeatedly, especially in high-throughput settings. It is also quicker, less expensive and involves less sample handling. The advantage of two-step is the flexibility it offers for detecting multiple genes in the same RNA sample.