Formaldehyde fixation of cells does not greatly reduce the ability to amplify cellular DNA.

@article{Gavrilov2009FormaldehydeFO,
  title={Formaldehyde fixation of cells does not greatly reduce the ability to amplify cellular DNA.},
  author={Alexey A Gavrilov and Sergey V Razin},
  journal={Analytical biochemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={390 1},
  pages={94-6}
}
Formaldehyde fixation of cells is routinely used to study DNA-protein interactions in vivo. In these studies, DNA is often analyzed using a polymerase chain reaction technique. Although it is known that formaldehyde can damage DNA, no studies have been performed so far to compare the efficiency of DNA amplification between normal and fixed cells. Here we show that formaldehyde fixation results in a 15% to 20% reduction in the ability to amplify cellular DNA. The loss of amplifiability is… CONTINUE READING