A new microsatellite instability analysis using fluorescent primers and laser scanning

E. Oki, S. Oda, E. Tokunaga, Y. Maehara, K. Sugimachi

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To demonstrate the instability of microsatellite sequences, which have been linked to DNA mismatch repair deficiency and indicate a high risk of carcinogenesis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and electrophoretic analysis have been used. However, the electrophoretic profiles of PCR-amplified microsatellite sequences are often too complicated, and the conventional method using autoradiography has critical problems in detection characteristics and migration accuracy. First, we made use of fluorescence-labeled PCR and laser scanning to detect bands quantitatively. Second, we characterized Taq polymerase-dependent modification of the amplified microsatellite sequences and optimized the electrophoretic profiles by enzymatic modification with T4 DNA polymerase. Third, we developed a dual fluorescence co-electrophoresis system, in which both samples derived from cancer and normal tissues are electrophoresed in the same lane, in order to minimize migration errors. Furthermore, we classified all of the observed patterns of microsatellite alteration and set up new criteria for assessing microsatellite instability. Using the system developed here and the criteria we proposed, a precise judgment can be made and rates of positivity in various human malignancies may be corrected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-442
Number of pages7
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Volume25 Suppl 3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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