Analytical Comparison of Methods for Extraction of Short Cell-Free DNA from Urine

Urine cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is a valuable noninvasive biomarker for detecting cancer mutation, diagnosing infectious disease (eg, tuberculosis), monitoring organ transplantation, and prenatal screening. Conventional silica DNA extraction does not efficiently capture urine cfDNA, which is dilute (ng/mL) and highly fragmented (30 to 100 nt). The clinical sensitivity of urine cfDNA detection increases with decreasing target length, motivating use of sample preparation methods designed for short fragments.
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Publication date: Available online 20 August 2019Source: The Journal of Molecular DiagnosticsAuthor(s): Amy Oreskovic, Norman D. Brault, Nuttada Panpradist, James J. Lai, Barry R. LutzUrine cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is a valuable noninvasive biomarker for detecting cancer mutation, diagnosing infectious disease (eg, tuberculosis), monitoring organ transplantation, and prenatal screening. Conventional silica DNA extraction does not efficiently capture urine cfDNA, which is dilute (ng/mL) and highly fragmented (30 to 100 nt). The clinical sensitivity of urine cfDNA detection increases with decreasing target length, motivating us...
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