Developing a standardized kit and normal reference profile for circular RNAs in the nervous system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43DA038993-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43DA038993
Amount: $161,499.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDA
Solicitation Number: DA15-001
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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Principal Investigator
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Phone: (314) 531-4647
Email: jarret_glasscock@cofactorgenomics.c
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Modified ribonucleic acids (RNA) are important regulators of translation and other cellular pathways. Non- coding RNAs like microRNAs play significant roles in neuronal development, and can serve as biomarkers for psychiatric disorders. Another such modified RNA is circular RNA (circRNA), a non-coding transcript present in the cytoplasm. Since circRNAs are present in lower abundance than other RNA molecules, and share sequence homology with mRNA, they are difficult to isolate from total RNA. To facilitate identification and examination of these molecules, we propose to develop a streamlined approach that uses selective reduction of linear and ribosomal RNAs combined with a novel reverse transcriptase to enrich for circular RNAs. To optimize for robust reduction and amplification, we will test a range of conditions and assess their relative efficiencies using qRT-PCR specific for known circRNAs and synthetic spiked-in linear RNAs. We will use our validated approach to

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