|Label-free Identification of Microorganisms using a Contact-less Dielectric Microsensor|
Ertl, P., Richter, L., Reinthaler, A., Stepper, C., Mak, A., Kast, M., Heer, R. and Brückl, H.
Microfabricated biochips are developed to continuously monitor cell population dynamics in a non-invasive manner. In the presented work we describe the novel combination of contact-less dielectric microsensors and microfluidics to promote biofilm formation for quantitative cell analysis.
|Design, Manufacturing and Test of Disposable Microfluidic System for Blood-Plasma Separation|
M. Kersaudy-Kerhoas, F. Amalou, D. Kavanagh, S. Marson, U. M. Attia, P. Summersgill, T. Ryan and M.P.Y. Desmulliez
Prenatal diagnosis to determine the outcome of pregnancies and detect conditions that may affect future pregnancies has risen as a big issue in the broad public. Analysis of fetal genetic material extracted from maternal blood is a smart alternative to invasive prenatal testing.
|Proteomic Profiling in Defining Chemoresistant Breast Cancer|
Chuthapisith S, Layfield R, Kerr I, Hughes C and Eremin O
This study aims to identify protein profiles in breast cancer cells as predictors of chemoresistance by using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF peptide mass fingerprinting. Our findings provide further insights into the complex mechanisms of chemoresistance, as well as representing an attractive starting point for the identification of potential protein biomarkers to predict response to chemotherapy in breast cancer in vivo.
|DNA Methylation Analysis – Reliable Cell Characterization in Regenerative Medicine|
Uli Hoffmueller, Stephen Rapko, Udo Baron, Georg Wieczorek, Alexander Hellwag, Cornelia Krüger, Stefan Kärst, Leslie Wolfe and Sven Olek
We demonstrate that DNA methylation patterns can serve as characteristic markers to distinguish different cell types. We have identified panels of methylation markers that are specific to mesenchymal stem cells or various differentiated cell types in the mesenchymal lineage. This method of cell type identification has a number of advantages over conventional markers in that it is robust, is both qualitative and quantitative.
|The Impact of the PCK1 Gene and PPCK1 Promoter Polymorphism 232C→G on the Incidence of TIIDM in Oji-Cree Natives of Ontario|
Francisco J Grajales III
The reported incidence of Type II Diabetes Mellitus (TIIDM) in Oji-Cree Natives is the highest in the world. This poster presents the impact of the PCK1 gene on TIIDM incidence in Oji-Cree Natives with particular attention to the role of SNP 232C→G on the transcription rate of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinease (PPCK1).
|EM Algorithm for Gene Copy Number Estimation Using TaqMan® Assays|
Catalin Barbacioru, Kelly Li, Caifu Chen and Raymond Samaha
Recently, TaqMan® assays have been developed for detection of genetic variation at gene level using primers and probes designed for genomic DNA sequences. The R package TaqGCN contains classes and methods that can be used for data reading and plotting, and for predicting gene copy number.
|EasyBeacons™ - new Probes Ideal for Realtime PCR Detection of Methylation Status of Single CpG Duplets and SNPs|
K. Skadhauge, C. Nielsen & U.B. Christensen
The EasyBeacons™ presented here are based on the novel technology Intercalating Nucleic Acid, INA®, linked to a fluorophore and a quencher. INA® is composed of normal DNA nucleotides and Intercalating Pseudo Nucleotides (IPNs). The fact that the EasyBeacons™ are mostly composed of normal DNA nucleotides means that in many respects EasyBeacons™ behave like DNA based probes, allowing use of standard buffers, primers and enzymes and hence reduces the optimisation efforts.
|Determination of the Autoantibody Repertoire in Autoimmune Diseases with Factor Protein Arrays – A new Approach to Personalized Therapies|
A. Lueking, C. Gutjahr, V. Trappe, M. Ciupke, A. Kowald, K. Schulte, S. Cleves, T. Niehues, S. Schimrigk, M. Schneider, H. E. Meyer, Stefan Müllner and Jens Beator
Recently, we have presented a strategy to identify new marker molecules characteristic for Alopecia areata by combining protein microarray technology with the use of large cDNA expression libraries (Lueking et al., 2005). This strategy is now applied to Juvenile idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in a BMBF-funded project.
|Real-Time Multiplex Rt-PCR on Circulating Tumor Cells|
Anieta M. Sieuwerts, Stefan Sleijfer, Jaco Kraan, Joan Bolt-de Vries, Jan-Willem Gratama, John WM Martens and John A. Foekens
Using the CTC kit (CellSearch™), cells that attached to anti-EpCAM Moab were immunomagnetically separated and used for analysis of a selected pilot set of 32 genes by real time RT-PCR. This study shows the feasibility of multiple gene expression analysis on RNA isolated from only one tumor cell. Most importantly, expression analysis of several tumor-specific genes in blood samples containing only 2 tumor cells is already possible.