TOPIC 356: FLOUROGENIC ASSAY PLATFORM FOR CIRCULAR RNA DETECTION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 261201700044C-1-0-0
Agency Tracking Number: N43CA170044
Amount: $49,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NCI
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 961919508
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Balajee Somalinga
 (214) 458-7019
 balajee@lucernatechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Balajee Somalinga
Phone: (214) 458-7019
Email: balajee@lucernatechnologies.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a novel class of non-coding RNAs that are an abundant component of the epitranscriptome. Putative functions of circRNAs, include miRNA sequestration, RNA-binding protein scaffolding, mRNA trapping, and protein translation regulation. Deregulation in one or more of these roles has been linked to several types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and gliomas. One well-studied circRNA, ciRS-7, is believed to act as a miRNA-7 sponge and inhibit its regulation of oncogenic receptors and tumor suppressor factors. Despite all the excitement around circRNAs, many of the recently discovered circRNAs remain poorly understood and progress has been extremely slow. An important reason is the lack of easy-to-use tools to study individual circRNA. Recognizing this unmet need, we propose to develop a simple fluorogenic assay platform to detect circRNAs of interest in biochemical and cell lysate-based samples. In phase I, we will develop a circRNA sensor assay that will specifically recognize ciRS-7 and emit fluorescence signal. Due to portable nature of the proposed assay platform, the ciRS-7 sensor can be easily modified to recognize other circRNAs of interest. Once developed, the circRNA sensor platform would find applications in circRNA research, drug discovery, and biomarker diagnostics.

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