Rapid analysis of gene expression (RAGE) facilitates universal expression profiling
Authors: Wang, Aijin; Pierce, Angela; Judson-Kremer, Kimberly; Gaddis, Sara; Aldaz, C. Marcelo; Johnson, David G.; MacLeod, Michael C.
Source: Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 27, Number 23, 1 DECEMBER 1999 , pp. 4609-4618(10)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Current techniques for analysis of gene expression either monitor one gene at a time, for example northern hybridization or RT–PCR methods, or are designed for the simultaneous analysis of thousands of genes, for example microarray hybridization or serial analysis of gene expression. To provide a flexible, intermediate scale alternative, a PCR-based method for the rapid analysis of gene expression has been developed which allows expression changes to be determined in either a directed search of known genes, or an undirected survey of unknown genes. A single set of reagents and reaction conditions allows analyses of most genes in any eukaryote. The method is useful for assaying on the order of tens to hundreds of genes in multiple samples. Control experiments indicate reliable detection of changes in gene expression 2-fold and greater, and sensitivity of detection better than 1 in 10 000. Analyses of over 400 genes in a mouse system transgenic for the E2F1 gene have identified several new downstream targets of E2F1, including Brca1 and Cdk7, in addition to several unidentified genes that are upregulated in the transgenic mice. Changes in expression of several genes related to apoptosis suggest a possible potentiation of apoptotic pathways in the transgenic keratinocytes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1 DECEMBER 1999
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