Features | Partner Sites | Information | LinkXpress
Sign In
GLOBETECH PUBLISHING
PZ HTL SA
GLOBETECH PUBLISHING

New Cancer Research Microarray Detects CNVs and LOH on a Single Chip

By BiotechDaily International staff writers
Posted on 01 Apr 2013
Image: The CytoSure Cancer +SNP array (4 x 180k) from Oxford Gene Technology (Photo courtesy of Oxford Gene Technology.)
Image: The CytoSure Cancer +SNP array (4 x 180k) from Oxford Gene Technology (Photo courtesy of Oxford Gene Technology.)
A novel, optimized cytogenetic cancer research microarray system enables reliable, simultaneous detection of both copy number variations (CNVs) and loss of heterozygosity (LOH), and includes software designed to facilitate superior data analysis and interpretation.

Oxford Gene Technology (OGT; Oxfordshire, UK) introduces the “CytoSure Cancer +SNP array” designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of molecular cancer research. The new microarray combines long oligo array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) probes with fully validated single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) content, providing the superior detection of both CNVs) and LOH on a single chip (4 arrays of 180k spots). The array has been optimized in collaboration with Prof. Jacqueline Schoumans from the Lausanne University Hospital (Switzerland), an expert in both aCGH and cancer genomics. Unique to the proprietary CytoSure Cancer +SNP array, any reference sample can be used for analysis without changes to the standard aCGH protocol and, thanks to novel SNP probe chemistry, no restriction digest is required. The capacity to use matched samples is a particular advantage for research into genetic aberrations in cancer, enabling any constitutional abnormalities to be filtered out.

Prof. Schoumans commented, “The development of a new microarray with the capacity to detect both CNVs and LOH simultaneously was vital for improving the efficiency and quality of our research. By working very closely with the technical experts at OGT, we have constructed a new array that allows users to simultaneously screen a wide genomic background for CNVs and LOH, while also enabling in-depth CNV analysis on 1,500 known cancer-associated genes. This approach produces accurate and insightful data, with all aberrations clearly highlighted and filtered using OGT’s excellent CytoSure Interpret Software.”

“The new CytoSure Cancer +SNP array forms part of OGT’s ongoing strategy to design specialized microarrays to help increase our understanding of cancer formation and development [and to facilitate] research into more efficacious, targeted treatments,” added James Clough, Executive Vice President Commercial at OGT. The 60-mer oligonucleotide probes utilized in the array provide a high signal-to-noise ratio and highly sensitive detection; this makes them ideal for research into complex malignant tissues. With OGT’s innovative CytoSure Interpret Software, data analysis is rapid, reliable, and simple to carry out, including updated features (such as the B-allele frequency plot) that have been optimized for the identification of biologically relevant genomic variants in tumor samples.

Related Links:
Oxford Gene Technology
CytoSure Cancer +SNP array
CytoSure Interpret Software



Channels

Genomics/Proteomics

view channel
Image: The TheraCyte cell encapsulation device (Photo courtesy of TheraCyte, Inc.).

Encapsulated Human-Insulin-Producing Progenitor Cells Cure Diabetes in Mouse Model

A breakthrough system that allows subcutaneous implantation of encapsulated immature pancreatic cells (beta progenitor cells) was shown to produce enough insulin to correct the symptoms of diabetes in a mouse model.... Read more

Drug Discovery

view channel
Image: Chitosan is derived from the shells of shrimp and other sea crustaceans, including Alaskan pink shrimp, pictured here (Photo courtesy of NOAA - [US] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Chitosan Treatment Clears the Way for Antibiotics to Eliminate Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Recurrent urinary tract infection was successfully resolved in a mouse model by treatment with the exfoliant chitosan followed by a round of antibiotics. Bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI), most... Read more

Biochemistry

view channel

Mitochondrial Cause of Aging Can Be Reversed

Researchers have found a cause of aging in lab animals that can be reversed, possibly providing an avenue for new treatments for age-related diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer, muscle wasting, and inflammatory diseases. The researchers plan to begin human trials late 2014. The study, which was published December... Read more

Therapeutics

view channel

Cytokine Identified That Causes Mucositis in Cancer Therapy Patients

The action of the cytokine interleukin 1-beta (IL-1beta) has been found to underlie the onset of mucositis, a common, severe side effect of chemotherapy and irradiation of cancer patients. Mucositis occurs as a result of cell death in reaction to chemo- or radiotherapy. The mucosal lining of the mouth becomes thin, may... Read more

Business

view channel

Analytical Sciences Trade Fair Declared a Rousing Success

Organizers of this year's 24th "analytica" biosciences trade fair have reported significant increases in both the number of visitors and exhibitors compared to the 2012 event. The analytica trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, and biotechnology has been held at the Munich (Germany) Trade Fair Center every... Read more
 
Copyright © 2000-2014 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.