Background: Genetic analysis of microsatellite DNA is a powerful tool used in linkage analysis, gene mapping, and clinical diagnosis. To address the expanding needs of studies of short tandem repeats (STRs), we demonstrated high-performance STR analysis on a high-throughput microchannel plate-based platform. Methods: Energy-transfer-cassette-labeled STR amplicons were separated and typed on a microfabricated 96-channel radial capillary array electrophoresis (CAE) microchannel plate system. Four-color detection was accomplished with a laser-excited confocal fluorescence rotary scanner. Results: Multiplex STR analysis with single base-pair resolution was demonstrated on denaturing polyacrylamide gel media. The high-throughput multiplex capabilities of this genetic analysis platform were demonstrated by the simultaneous separation of STR amplicons representing 122 samples in ninety-six 5.5-cm-long channels in <8 min. Sizing values obtained for these amplicons on the CAE microchannel plate were comparable to those measured on a conventional commercial CAE instrument and exhibit <1% sizing variance. Conclusions: Energy-transfer-cassette labeling and microfabricated CAE microchannel plates allow high-performance multiplex STR analyses.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry