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Title: Sample preparation for point of care molecular diagnostics of STIs
Authors: Balachandran, W
McKay, R
Crow, P
Manoharanehru, B
4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2014)
Keywords: Microfluidics;Microengineering;Point-of-care;Molecular diagnostics
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Brunel University London
Citation: 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference, University College London, UK, 7-10 September 2014, Editors CS König, TG Karayiannis and S. Balabani
Series/Report no.: ID 211
Abstract: Brunel DoCLab is part of the esti2 consortium developing electronic self-testing instruments for sexually transmitted infections using nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT). A proprietary sample collection device has been designed to integrate directly with a microfluidic cartridge. Cell lysis was conducted using a chemical method and nucleic acid purification was done on an activated cellulose membrane. The microfluidic device incorporates passive mixing of the lysis-binding buffers and sample. Preliminary results have shown extraction efficiencies for this new membrane of 69% and 57% compared to the commercial Qiagen extraction method of 85% and 59.4% for 0.1ng/μL and 100ng/μL salmon sperm DNA spiked in phosphate buffered solution. Preliminary extraction experiments in the passive mixer cartridges with lysis and nucleic acid purification showed extraction efficiency around 80% of the commercial Qiagen kit. Isothermal amplification was conducted using thermophillic helicase dependant amplification. A low cost benchtop real-time isothermal amplification platform has been developed capable of running six amplifications simultaneously. Work to integrate sample collection, nucleic acid extraction and isothermal amplification is currently underway.
Description: This paper was presented at the 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2014), which was held at University College, London, UK. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute, ASME Press, LCN London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL University College London, UCL Engineering, the International NanoScience Community,
ISBN: 978-1-908549-16-7
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