Development of Serum Based Biomarker for the Detection of Cancer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: DAMD17-02-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: O2-0057
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9700 Great Seneca Highway #194, Rockville, MD, 20850
DUNS: 042453097
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joe Lucas
 Principal Investigator
 (925) 828-1095
Business Contact
 Loretta Chi
Title: President
Phone: (703) 558-3400
Research Institution
"We propose an innovative technique for ultra rapid, sensitive detection ofcancer specific chromosome rearrangements in solution to facilitate bulkquantification of aberrant chromosomes for early detection of metastatictumor cells. (I) We will apply DNA hybridization in suspension to humanbreast cancer cell lines by combining two separate, novel techniques 1)hybridizing chromosomes in suspension; 2) using repeat sequence deplete DNAprobes in combination with a flow cytometric method of analysis and magneticsorting, in order to sensitively, precisely and rapidly quantifycancer-related chromosome translocations and rearrangements. Chromosomeaberrations will be detected using reversible DNA-hybridization probes thatuniquely bind to DNA normally present in a specific subset of the genome. Asecond set of reversible DNA hybridization probes will be used to uniquelyhybridize with a corresponding second subset of the genome. Any (aberrant)chromosomes containing both subsets will be rapidly and efficiently isolatedand quantified. (II) We will determine the translocation detectionsensitivity (has a potential sensitivity of 1x1,000,000) using serialdilutions of a human breast cancer cell line with known translocation withthe lymphoblast cell line AG122. We expect our technique will havesensitivity similar to PCR and far higher than FISH, with specificity betterthan PCR."

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