Single Cell Whole Genome Amplification
Poster May 21, 2015
The project presented here builds on the merits of conventional MDA to develop methods to recover and amplify DNA from single cells of bacterial and mammalian origin and discusses the methods & results of the new formulation. New optimized formulation increases the amplification sensitivity down to 1fg amount of DNA. Single cell whole genome amplification, SNP arrays and the NGS results suggest that the Single Cell GenomiPhi kit provides improved sensitivity and coverage with reduced amplification bias.
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.