Novel Serological Assay Using HIgh-Throughput Chromogenic Microarray Technology for Screening SPF Non-human Primates
Poster Aug 02, 2011
Justin Brink, Audra Hachey, Keith Mansfield, Kim Luke
Routine surveillance programs to detect microbial agents in non-human primate colonies are critical to maintaining colony health and safety, as well as research integrity. Serological testing is a crucial element of maintaining colony health, but current methods rely on slow, expensive, and low-throughput ELISA-based serological assays. Here we describe the development of a sensitive, specific, robust, and easily automated method for colony health screening programs.
Despite the developments in conventional PCR, the complexity of multiplex Real Time PCR is still limited due to the lack of sufficient detection channels. To achieve high-end multiplexing capacity on standard Real Time PCR machines, Anapa Biotech has developed the MeltPlex® technology (see box on right).READ MORE
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified more than 100 genetic loci associated with type 2 diabetes. The majority of these are located in the intergenic or intragenic regions suggesting that the implicated variants may alter chromatin conformation. This, in turn, is likely to influence the expression of nearby or more remotely located genes to alter beta cell function. At present, however, detailed molecular and functional analyses are still lacking for most of these variants. We recently analysed one of these loci and mapped five causal variants in an islet-specific enhancer cluster within the STARD10 gene locus. Here, we aimed to understand how these causal variants influence b-cell function by alteration of the chromatin structure of enhancer clusterREAD MORE
Early life stress (ELS) is highly associated with development of psychopathology
and mood disorders in adulthood. Genetic studies have identified variation in the gene calcium voltage-gated channel subunit alpha1C (CACNA1C) to increase risk for several psychiatric disorders. This poster assessed the expression of Cacna1c following prepubertal stress.