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Strategy for high-fidelity multiplex DNA copy number assay system using capillary electrophoresis devices

2018-05-16 21:44
Shin, S. H., Shin, G. W., Yim, S. H., Jung, S. H., Jung, G. Y., & Chung, Y. J. (2011). Strategy for high‐fidelity multiplex DNA copy number assay system using capillary electrophoresis devices. Electrophoresis, 32(14), 1837-1843.

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Structural variation of human genome such as duplications and deletions, collectively termed copy number variation (CNV), is one of the major genetic variations. Reliable and efficient measurement of CNV will be essential to develop diagnostic tools for CNV-related diseases. We established a strategy based on multiplex PCR and capillary electrophoresis (CE) for reliable CNV assay. Multiplex-PCR was performed using five primer sets for target loci and a diploid control (DC). We designed primers satisfying three conditions: different size of each PCR product for CE separation, unified annealing temperature for multiplex PCR, and suitability for quantitative PCR (qPCR). We defined the accurate PCR cycles for quantification of copy numbers at which the amplifications for all targets were supposed to be exponential, named maximum doubling cycle. CE was carried out with PCR product and the ratio of the peak areas (target/diploid control) was calculated. Our multiplex PCR-CE analysis reliably determined copy numbers of X chromosome with variable copies ranging from 1 to 5 and showed higher reliability than qPCR (correlation coefficient 0.996 versus 0.898). When measuring the six randomly selected autosomal CNV targets using our multiplex PCR-CE, the results agreed with those from qPCR. In addition, our strategy was validated for the broad application to commonly used CE devices. Taken together, this assay will be useful for accurate analysis of multiple disease-associated CNVs in a clinical setting.