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DEVELOPING A HYBRIDIZATION ASSAY FOR HTLV-I AND HTLV-II

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13728
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13728
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Sra Technologies, Inc.
13 Taft Court Rockville, MD 20850
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: DEVELOPING A HYBRIDIZATION ASSAY FOR HTLV-I AND HTLV-II
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,987.00
 

Abstract:

THE HUMAN RETROVIRUSES THAT HAVE BEEN EXTENSIVELY CHARACTERIZED (HTLV-I, HTLV-II, HIV-1, AND HIV-2) ALL HAVE ATROPISM FOR THE PERIPHERAL BLOOD MONONUCLEAR CELLS (PBMC). SEROLOGICAL ASSAYS HAVE BEEN USED QUITE SUCCESSFULLY TO IDENTIFY PERSONS WITH PRIOR EXPOSURE TO THESE VIRUSES, BUT THEY FAIL TO DETERMINE A CURRENT INFECTION. VIRUS ISOLATION ASSAYS REQUIRE PROLONGED CO-CULTIVATION OF PATIENTS' PBMC WITH A SUSCEPTIBLE CELL LINE AND HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO LACK SENSITIVITY. A NEWLY DESCRIBED DNA AMPLIFICATION TECHNIQUE, THE POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION (PCR), APPEARS TO HAVE A GREAT POTENTIAL FOR THE DETECTION OF VIRAL DNA. THE PCR, HOWEVER,REQUIRES HIGHLY TRAINED PERSONNEL, EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT, AND ABOUT 3 DAYS TO PERFORM AN ASSAY. SRA TECHNOLOGIES, INC., PROPOSES TO DEVELOP A SIMPLE, RAPID,HYBRIDIZATION ASSAY TO DETECT CURRENT INFECTIONS BY THESE RETROVIRUSES. THE METHOD EMPLOYS A PLASTIC CAPILLARY AS A SOLID PHASE TO PERFORM THE HYBRIDIZATION ASSAY. THE CAPILLARY PROVIDES A VERY LARGE REACTIVE SURFACE RELATIVE TO SAMPLE SIZE AND ALSO FORCES THE CLOSE PROXIMITY OF REACTANTS. THE ENVIRONMENT PRODUCES INCREASED SENSITIVITY WITH SHORTER INCUBATION TIMES AND TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS. A NONISOTOPIC, ENZYME IMMUNOASSAY AMPLIFICATION DETECTION SYSTEM IS USED TO INDICATE HYBRIDIZATION WITH A KNOWN DNA PROBE.

Principal Investigator:

David A Fuccillo
7036717171

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Sra Technologies Inc
4700 King St #300 Alexandria, VA 22302

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No