Rapid DNA extraction from gels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R41HG006660-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41HG006660
Amount: $101,602.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NHGRI
Solicitation Number: PA10-051
Small Business Information
DUNS: 611509451
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (585) 273-4725
Business Contact
Phone: (585) 273-4725
Email: rothberg@chem.rochester.edu
Research Institution
518 Hylan Bldg., Box 270140 Office of Research AND Project Administration
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 Nonprofit college or university
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Extraction of DNA from gels following electrophoresis is widely used to obtain purified size selected DNA fragments from mixtures. The DNA thus obtained is used for cloning and sequencing reactions. Gel extraction is part of next generation sequencing protocols that are becoming the primary source of genetic information. That information is widely used in translational studies and promises to be a cornerstone of personalized medicine where therapeutic courses are linked to an individual's genetic makeup. Rapid and simple nucleic purification products that improve workflow and reduce cost are vital to advances in genomics. Diffinity Genomics has licensed novel materials technology developed in the PI's lab at the University of Rochester that can be used for fast, inexpensive and simple biomolecular separations needed to purify nucleic acid reactions. The work in the present proposal involves adapting that technology and adding a new approach to selective capture of DNA from dissolved gel slices using silica particles functionalized with DNA intercalators. Our goal is to make products for rapid gel extraction using a three step pipette-based protocol. Current approaches to extraction of DNA from gels require multiple stepstaking more than 10 minutes and use several reagents. Diffinity's purification methods are distinct because they use specially configured surfaces that selectively adsorb or repel desired solution components. This enables a process with fewer steps that can be implemented by retaining particles with the specially functionalized surfaces in pipette tips so that the purification process is reduced simply to aspirating the reaction solution and dispensing the purified DNA reaction solution. The approach basedon functional pipettes is easily automated with liquid handlers for high throughput applications. We will demonstrate that we can configure silica particle surfaces appropriate to a three-step extraction of DNA from dissolved gel slices that take less than3 minutes. If successful, in Phase II, we will integrate the particles into pipette tips designed to enable rapid mixing, verify the efficacy for applications to DNA sequencing and cloning, and exploit the manufacturing technology developed for a currentproduct (RapidTipTM) to launch a gel extraction product. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Cloning and sequencing of DNA are very important to medical research and diagnosis. Extracting DNA from gels following electrophoresis is widely used for cloning applications and is part of next generation sequencing protocols. We propose a new approach to extracting DNA from gels that will reduce the time; cost and labor associated with the process and be easily automated for high throughput applications.

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