Navigation Links
New technology pinpoints genetic differences between cancer and non-cancer patients
Date:2/22/2011

A group of researchers led by scientists from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech have developed a new technology that detects distinct genetic changes differentiating cancer patients from healthy individuals and could serve as a future cancer predisposition test.

The multidisciplinary team, which includes researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, has created a design for a new DNA microarray that allows them to measure the two million microsatellites (short, repetitive DNA sequences) found within the human genome using 300,000 probes.

Microsatellites, which tend to vary greatly among individuals and have traditionally been used in forensics and paternity tests, are also used to uncover information related to a number of other genetic diseases such as Fragile-X or Huntington's disease. This advancement aided the discovery of a unique pattern of microsatellite variation in breast cancer patients that were not present in the DNA of patients who are cancer-free. Through their evaluation of global changes in the genome, the researchers determined that this pattern change alludes to a new mechanism disrupting the genome in cancer patients and may represent a new breast cancer risk biomarker. The results of the work will be featured in an upcoming edition of the journal Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer. The study is available online (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21240973).

"We have now arrived at a new biomarker an indicator that could be used to evaluate the amount of risk that you have for developing cancer in the future," explained Harold "Skip" Garner, VBI executive director who leads the institute's Medical Informatics and Systems Division (http://bit.ly/g280kb). "This is part of an effort to understand their (microsatellite) role in the genome and then proceed on directly towards something that is of utility in the clinic. What just came out in our paper is a description of the technology that allows us to very quickly and efficiently and inexpensively measure these two million places using a uniquely designed microarray It's the pattern on that microarray that provides us the information we need."

Watch a video of Garner discussing the research and its implications (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0BOq5b5HnM).

Only a small percentage of microsatellites have been linked to cancer and other diseases because there hasn't been an effective method available for evaluating large numbers of these sequences. This technology is enabling scientists to understand the role of these understudied parts of our genome for the first time and may help explain the difference between the known genetic components in disease and those that have been explained by genomic studies. This tool can be used to identify and better understand genetic changes in many different types of cancer with the potential to serve as a universal cancer biomarker. It has already been instrumental in the discovery of a new biomarker (http://bit.ly/gPcJkC) in the estrogen-related receptor gamma (ERR-γ) gene, which indicates an individual's increased risk for breast cancer. The group is now pursuing a number of these cancer predisposition risk markers in colon, lung, and other cancers.


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Bland
subland@vbi.vt.edu
540-231-7912
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. BIO-key(R) to Showcase Biometric Security Applications at 2008 Biometric Technology Expo
2. Stantum Offering Demo, Evaluation & Development Board Based on Its Patented Resistive Multi-Touch Technology
3. Neurotechnology Releases SentiSight 2.0 SDK Universal Object Recognition Technology
4. Audience Selected as Silver Winner in This Years Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards and Winner of the Semiconductors Category
5. Breakthrough optical technology to assess colon cancer risk, accuracy
6. So-called sandfish could help materials handling and process technology specialists
7. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing role of molecular diagnostics
8. Human Microbiome Project awards funds for technology development, data analysis and ethical research
9. Europe rallies behind nanotechnology to wean world from fossil fuels
10. Nanotechnology boosts war on superbugs
11. Cost-effective farm waste-to-energy technology focus of research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/13/2016)... 13, 2016  IMPOWER physicians supporting Medicaid patients in ... new clinical standard in telehealth thanks to a new ... higi platform, IMPOWER patients can routinely track key health ... mass index, and, when they opt in, share them ... to a local retail location at no cost. By ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... , March 23, 2016 ... Interesse erhöhter Sicherheit Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung mit ... Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG ), ein ... dass das Unternehmen mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um ... der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche, wird die Möglichkeit angeboten, im ...
(Date:3/18/2016)... 18, 2016 --> ... ICT, Manned & Unmanned Vehicles, Physical infrastructure and Perimeter Surveillance ... in the border security market and the continuing migration crisis ... Europe has led visiongain to publish this ... --> defence & security companies in the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... -- Elekta is pleased to announce that ... treatment planning software, is available for clinical release. Real-world ... version 5.11 provides significant performance speed enhancements over prior ... four times faster than in previous versions of ... Monte Carlo algorithm, users can ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2016 ... ... QuickSTAT has made significant investments in recruiting top industry experts, and expanding its ... Platform, which provides industry-leading tools for clients to manage their clinical trial projects. ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... ... April 27, 2016 , ... Most consumers engage with ... recognition for secure access, voice recognition for hands-free communication, and facial recognition to ... with biometrics technology today. But if they asked Joey Pritikin, Vice President ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... ... April 27, 2016 , ... PathSensors, Inc., ... Advisory Board. Dr. Lamka will assist PathSensors in expanding the use of the ... deploys the CANARY® test platform for the detection of harmful pathogens, including a ...
Breaking Biology Technology: