Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Biomolecular Screening
Scientific Community
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

Identifying Epigenetic Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer

Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Bookmark and Share
IDT qPCR assays and probes facilitate the development of predictive epigenetic biomarkers.

In the latest issue of DECODED, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) talks about how the prognosis for men with aggressive forms of prostate cancer is improved if detected early.

Dr Antoinette Perry, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (Dublin, Ireland) leads a team whose research is directed at understanding how changes in DNA methylation of both coding and non-coding RNA genes are involved in driving prostate carcinogenesis.

Previously published work by Dr Perry revealed that SFRP2, a Wnt signalling agonist, is hypermethylated in approximately 65% of prostate tumors.

IDT PrimeTime® qPCR Assays were used to measure expression levels of SFRP2, and subsequent analysis showed an inverse correlation between expression and tumor grade.

As part of a further investigation into the involvement of hypermethylated genes in prostate cancer, prognostic markers are being developed for use in a non-invasive test that will distinguish high-risk from lower-risk tumors. Following cell recovery, IDT primers and ZEN™ Double-Quenched Probes are used for sensitive quantification of prostate cancer-specific DNA methylation.

In addition to the cellular component, the scientists monitor cell-free nucleic acids for DNA methylation and expression of small non-coding RNAs.

The IDT PrimerQuest ( is being used to design methylation-specific assays (primers and probes that will hybridize specifically to bisulfite modified methylation target regions, but that will not amplify unconverted genomic DNA or unmethylated DNA).

Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,600+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,800+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters

Sign In

Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

IDT's $10 M Expansion Opens Biotech Firm Adds Capacity and Jobs
The new building enables a significant expansion of the company’s HPLC, R&D and production capabilities.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Scientific News
Enzyme Malfunction May be Why Binge Drinking Can Lead to Alcoholism
A new study in mice shows that restoring the synthesis of a key brain chemical tied to inhibiting addictive behavior may help prevent alcohol cravings following binge drinking.
Cell's Waste Disposal System Regulates Body Clock Proteins
New way to identify interacting proteins could identify potential drug targets.
Compound Doubles Up On Cancer Detection
Researchers have found that tagging a pair of markers found almost exclusively on a common brain cancer yields a cancer signal that is both more obvious and more specific to cancer.
Promising Drug Candidate to Treat Chronic Itch
In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) describe a class of compounds with the potential to stop chronic itch without the adverse side effects normally associated with medicating the condition.
Are Changes to Current Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Required?
Editorial suggests more research is needed to pinpoint age to end aggressive screening.
Assessing Cancer Patient Survival and Drug Sensitivity
RNA editing events another way to investigate biomarkers and therapy targets.
New Molecular Marker for Killer Cells
Cell marker enables prognosis about the course of infections.
Potential Target for Treatment of Autism
Grant of $2.4 million will support further research.
Sniffing Out Cancer
Scientists have been exploring new ways to “smell” signs of cancer by analyzing what’s in patients’ breath.
Inroads Against Leukaemia
Potential for halting disease in molecule isolated from sea sponges.

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,600+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,800+ scientific videos