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DNA Oligonucleotides

Standard scales for oligonucleotides

Standard oligonucleotides up to 140 bases


Standard oligonucleotides are provided by in four different scales. Here please find an overview of the offered length, yields, and purifications:

Synthesis scale1 XS
0,02 µmol
0,05 µmol
0,2 µmol
1,0 µmol
Length (bases) 12-60 12-140 6-140 6-140
Wobbles - ja ja ja
Cartridge ja ja ja  ja
HPLC - ja ja ja
PAGE - ja ja ja
Cartridge/HPLC > 2 OD > 3 OD > 10 OD > 30 OD
PAGE - > 1 OD > 3 OD > 10 OD
Quality control4        
Maldi ja ja ja ja


1. The synthesis scale defines the amount of starting material, it is not the yield of the finalised oligo. Due to the many steps of synthesis, processing and purification the final yield is significantly lower. 

2. Oligos are delivery exclusively with purification. At least a cartridge purification is applied. We do not offer unpurified oligo nor only desalted oligos. By default all oligonucleotides with more than 60 bases in standard scales S - L are purified by HPLC (optional PAGE may be chosen). 

3. The yields provided at "guaranteed delivery amount" are valid for a mixed 20mer DNA-sequence. For significantly shorter or longer oligos as well as for homopolymers this yield may differ. According to our experience, the actual delivery amounts exceed the guaranteed yields significantly, certainly we deliver the total yield. 

4. Routinely, each oligo up to a length of 50 bases will be checked for quality by Maldi mass spectrometry.

Short to extra long oligos

2 - 5mer oligonucleotides


The actual synthesis process is identical for almost all lengths of oligonucleotides. Due to the small molecular size, very short oligos, however, differ in terms of the isolation and purification. We offer specific synthesis scales for di, tri, tetra and pentamer oligonucleotides including the corresponding adapted purification:

Synthesis scale DL2 DL3 DL4 DL5
Length (bases) 2 3 4 5
HPLC-purification ja ja ja ja
Maldi-quality control ja ja ja ja
Yield (µmol) approx. 0,2 0,2 0,2 0,2

Oligonucleotides up to 200 bases

Our new special synthesis CG scale includes:
  • Non-modified oligonucleotides between 140 and 200 bases
  • Optimised synthesis conditions due to special cycles and chemicals
  • Continuous monitoring of synthesis progress (trityl monitoring)
  • Guaranteed yield > 250 pmol of purified oligonucleotide
  • Inclusive 2-step purification: Reverse phase HPLC purification is followed by PAGE purification

How many correct clones can be expected ? We have analysed the results for you:

In cooperation with the University of Ulm, we exemplarily analysed a 200mer synthesised by, which was amplified by PCR, cloned and finally sequenced. Out of 10 analysed clones 30% showed exactly the designated sequence. In a further clone a one base-insertion was found at position 22, in another the deletion of one base at position 147. In four additional clones several deletions were found. Due to synthesis errors, we expected mainly deletions of one or two bases, transitions and transversions as well as insertions. Interestingly, besides these expected changes, we found several deletions between 4 and 16 bases in a row. These can hardly be explained by synthesis errors, because the cyclic reaction of the synthesis is very unlikely to "skip" more than one or two bases. Likely the reason for these deletions is connected to the PCR reaction or the polymerase used (see also Hecker et al., 1998, BioTechniques 24:256-260).

In further analyses an average of 3 correct clones out of 5 has been found.

XXL synthesis DNA

Mid scale DNA synthesis (XXL)
for oligonucleotides amounts from 10 to 500 mg.

Synthesis scale XXL10MG XXL25MG XXL50MG XXL100MG XXL250MG XXL500MG
Yield (mg) > 10 mg > 25 mg > 50 mg > 100 mg > 250 mg > 500 mg
Yield (OD), approx. 400 OD 850 OD 1700 OD 3400 OD 8500 OD 17000 OD
Yield (µmol) 20mer, approx. 1,8 µmol 3,5 µmol 7,5 µmol 15 µmol 38 µmol 77 µmol

All XXL scale oligonucleotides are purified by reverse phase HPLC and quality checked by Maldi mass spectrometry. 
The final amounts are approximate values and valid for a 20mer DNA oligonucleotide with a mixed sequence and not for homopolymers.




In molecular genetics, the wobble hypothesis explains how a particular tRNA can pair more than one mRNA triplet (codon). The first two positions of the codon usually bind to complementary bases of the anticodon of tRNA. Only the first position of the anticodon is not always specified and due to utilisation of rare bases like inosine, unusual base pairings are possible (wobble position). 

Possible variants: 

Guanosine : Uridine Inosine : Uridine Inosine : Adenosine Inosine : Cytidine
Wobble Basenpaarung

Oligonucleotides with wobbles (mixed bases, degenerate bases) can be used in many applications. During the synthesis of oligonucleotides wobbles can be incorporated at defined positions. Depending on the type of mixing base, specific statistical distributions of bases can be generated at each position in the oligo.

Synthesis of oligos with wobbles:  Many modern DNA/RNA synthesizer “understand” the one letter code for wobbles (see below) and are able to mix the respective building blocks in the right proportion during the synthesis (2-wobble: 50% of each component, 3-wobble: 33% each and N=4-wobble: 25%). This quick and easy method usually leads to good results with small deviations from the desired statistical distribution. Depending on the particular sequence and the difference in reactivity of the building blocks, in individual cases the deviations can be higher.  In critical cases or larger synthetic approaches manual mixing of the bases in the right proportion before the synthesis of the oligos can significantly improve the results. Furthermore, mixtures are also possible that deviate from a uniform distribution. For further information please contact our customer support team.

Purification of oligos with wobbles: Depending on the type and number of wobbles the synthesised oligonucleotide is composed of a variety of different sequences. These, possibly several thousand sequences may differ for example in their mobility in polyacrylamide gels (PAGE) or on the HPLC column. Oligos having many wobbles in their sequence lead to a broadening of the corresponding gel band or peak in the HPLC. Especially when cutting bands out of gel there is a risk that single sequences of the wobble mix get "lost". According to this we do not recommend PAGE purification of oligonucleotides with mixed bases, or only after consultation with our technical support team.  The following internationally valid "one letter code" shows  the possible wobble combinations of the four standard bases. Please use this code when ordering oligonucleotids with degenerate bases.

Symbol Explanation  Bases 
  Normal bases        
A Adenine A      
C Cytosine   C    
G Guanine     G  
T Thymine       T
U Uracil (nur RNA)       U
  Wobble bases        
W Weak (binding bases) A     T
S Strong (binding bases)   C G  
M aMino A C    
K Keto     G T
R puRine A   G  
Y pYrimidine   C   T
B Not A (B comes after A)   C G T
D Not C (D comes after C) A   G T
H Not G (comes after G) A C   T
V Not T (V comes after T and U) A C G  
N aNy base A C G T

Sequence modifications

Desoxyinosine (dI)


In addition to the four DNA bases, adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine, the bases uracil and inosine and other rare nucleotides can be found in RNA. Inosine is an extremely rare nucleoside of RNA and it is composed of the sugar
β-D-ribofuranose and the base hypoxanthine.

Despite the fact that inosine is a purine, inosine may enter into pairings with pyrimidines as well as purines of DNA. According to this, inosine is also known as "universal" or "neutral" base. However, some base pairings seem to be energetically more favorable than others, so that the strength of the bonds between the individual bases differs significantly.

The strength of the bond decreases over the following series:1,2 
I:C > I:A > I:G ≥ I:T

The affinity of inosine to the four other bases is also highly influenced by the surrounding sequence. Despite the structural analogy to guanosine, inosine shows a weaker binding than a guanosine in the same surrounding sequence. Furthermore, the two purines need more space, thus pairings of the bases I:A and I:G also lead to an altered DNA topology.

Particularly, in tRNAs, inosine has biological relevance. The first base of the anticodon (= third position of the codon of the mRNA) is often inosine, so that this position can be flexible assigned. These so-called "wobble" bases allow limited mismatches in the third position of codons.

Desoxyinosin dI
The following table shows the possible mismatches of bases:
      U G C

This wobble effect is also possible in oligonucleotides. Due to integration of an inosine nucleotide to the sequence of a primer, the primers obtain "variable" bases. These degenerate primers allow e.g. annealing and amplification of multiple related sequences. While using degenerate primers in PCR, DNA polymerases, such as Pfu, which have a so-called proof-reading function, have been reported to fall off the DNA as soon as they meet wobble bases in the sequence of the primer.3

Order information: Please be aware to enter deoxy-inosine, as well as ribo-inosine (2´-dInosine, rI) as internal modifications in the order. Identify the position of the internal modification in your sequence by a number (5,6,7,8), which mark the corresponding pull-down menu in the online order form. If no modifications are available for selection, neither the scale “XS” nor the purification “cartridge” must be selected for ribobases.

Literature:  1. Studies on the base pairing properties of deoxyinosine by solid phase hybridisation to oligonucleotides. Case-Green SC, Southern EM; Nucleic Acids Res. (1994), 22(2):131-6.

2. Base pairing involving deoxyinosine: implications for probe design. Martin FH, Castro MM, Aboul-ela F, Tinoco I Jr.;  Nucleic Acids Res. (1985), 13: 8927-8938.

3. PCR with degenerate primers containing deoxyinosine fails with Pfu DNA Polymerase. Knittel T, Picard D, PCR Methods and Applications (1993), 2: 346-347.

Desoxyuridine (dU)


The nucleoside deoxyuridine (dU) consists of the sugar β-D-deoxyribose and the nucleobase uracil.
Deoxyuridine is structurally very similar to deoxythymidine (dT). Merely by the absence of the 5´-methyl group in deoxyuridine the two nucleosides can be distinguished. The methyl group of deoxythymidine has a slight stabilising effect on the double stranded form of DNA. 

Occasionally, deoxyuridine occurs in living cells by hydrolytic deamination of cytidine. The initiation of a repair program in the cell can prevent false pairing during replication of DNA. 
Using the uracil-DNA glycosylase, uracils can be specifically removed from the DNA, creating abasic sites, which can be detected by endonucleases. In this way, strand breaks of DNA can be produced selectively. 
This process is used to specifically remove primers from the reaction mix, e.g. for direct sequencing of PCR products. After a successful PCR reaction, the remaining primer can be used directly for sequencing of the PCR product.

Order information:
Please enter deoxybases, as well as ribobases and other modifications (5-hm-dU,
5-Br-U, 5-Br-dU, 2´-F-dU, 2´-OMe-U) as internal modifications in the online order form. Substitute in the sequence field the position of the internal modification in your sequence by a number (5-8), which mark the corresponding pull-down menu in the online order form. Choose the desired modification from the pull-down menu to specify the symbolising number (5-8).
 Durch Auswahl der gewünschten Modifikation aus dem Pulldown-Menü wird das Zahlensymbol definiert (5-8).

2ยด-Desoxyuridin dU

More available sequence modifications can be found here .