Advances in DNA Detection
Sammanfattning: DNA detection technologies have an increasing importance in our everyday lives, with applications ranging from microbial diagnostics to forensic analysis, food safety evaluation, and environmental monitoring. Currently, as the associated costs decrease, DNA diagnostic techniques are routinely used in research laboratories, in clinical and forensic practice.The first aim of this thesis is to unravel the potential of DNA detection on cellulose filter paper and further investigate the filter paper as a viable candidate for DNA array support. In Paper I, we studied the method of functionalizing the surface of filter paper and the possibility to detect DNA on the active paper using fluorescence. In Paper II, we addressed visual detection with magnetic beads and increased the detection throughput on the active filter paper, which required no instrumentation. Second, in pursuit of a rapid, sensitive and specific pathogen diagnosis in bloodstream infection (BSI), we explored the possibility of rare DNA detection in the presence of a high amount of background DNA by an enzymatic reaction, which can remove background DNA while enriching the rare DNA fraction. In order to overcome the challenge of the second objective, we developed a chemical fragmentation method to increase the efficiency of enzymatic digestion and hybridization. In addition, DNA library preparation for massively parallel sequencing may benefit from the chemical fragmentation. Paper III and Paper IV introduce this work.The findings in Paper I showed that XG-NH2 and PDITC can functionalize the cellulose filter paper and that the activated filter papers can covalently bind oligonucleotides modified with amino groups, while preserving the base pairing ability of the oligonucleotides. In Paper II, visual detection of DNA on active paper was achieved without instrumentation, based on the natural colour of magnetic beads. Furthermore, the possibility to increase the throughput of DNA detection on active paper was demonstrated by successful multiplex detection. In Paper III, the developed chemical fragmentation was verified to be suitable for DNA library preparation in massively parallel sequencing. The fragmentation technique is simple to perform, cost-effective and amenable to automation. In Paper IV, a limited amount of E.coli DNA was detected amid a much larger amount of human background DNA in a BSI model, which comprises of human and E.coli amplicons with an abundance ratio of 108. Human ?-actin amplicons were suppressed 105-fold, whereas the E.coli amplicons remained unaffected. The model system was applied to and improved with clinical plasma and blood samples from septic patients.
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