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Pyrosequencing at LWH Carly Broadhurst. Overview Principle of Pyrosequencing Sample preparation Applications at LWH Strengths of Pyrosequencing Troubleshooting.

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1 Pyrosequencing at LWH Carly Broadhurst

2 Overview Principle of Pyrosequencing Sample preparation Applications at LWH Strengths of Pyrosequencing Troubleshooting Future of Pyrosequencing at LWH

3 Principle of Pyrosequencing Sequencing primer is hybridized to a single stranded, PCR amplified, DNA template and incubated with enzymes. The first of four dNTPs is added to the reaction. DNA polymerase catalyzes the incorporation of the dNTP into the DNA strand.

4 Principle of Pyrosequencing The light produced in the luciferase-catalyzed reaction is detected by a charge coupled device (CCD) camera and seen as a peak in a pyrogram. Each light signal is proportional to the number of nucleotides incorporated.

5 Principle of Pyrosequencing continued.. Apyrase, a nucleotide degrading enzyme, continuously degrades unincorporated dNTPs and excess ATP. When degradation is complete, another dNTP is added. As the process continues, the complementary DNA strand is built up and the nucleotide sequence is determined from the signal peak in the pyrogram.

6 Process of events PCR Sample preparation Pyrosequencing PCR – primers flank region of interest

7 Primers Red circle = biotinylated primer (biotage)

8 Sample preparation The Vacuum Prep Workstation -process up to 96 DNA samples in parallel, from PCR- products to single- stranded sequencing templates, in less than 15 minutes. Fast and efficient workflow is achieved due to the minimized use of pipetting and placement of the solution troughs. Hands-on time using the Vacuum Prep Tool is less than one minute.

9 Vacuum Prep Worktable Streamlines the sample preparation process. It accommodates five troughs for the different solutions necessary to process the samples. One of the plate positions is specifically designed to fit most commercially available PCR-plates.

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11 Pyrosequencing Prepare cartridge Nucleotides Enzyme mix (DNA polymerase, sulphyrase, luciferase, apyrase) Substrate mix (luciferin, adenosine 5´ phosphosulfate (APS)) Load cartridge + annealing plate into machine – ready to go!!! need file to tell the machine what the sequence of interest is so that it can determine the dispensation order of the nucleotide

12 Pyrosequencing applications at LWH Haemachromatosis – p.C282Y + p.H63D (Absence/presence of mutation) Quantification of mitochondrial DNA mutations: MELAS m.3243A>G MERRF m.8344A>G NARP/Leigh m.8993 T>C/G LHON m.11778G>A, m.3460G>A, m.14484T>C Deafness associated SNP m.1555A>G Hereditary Pancreatitis – SPINK1 p.N34S mutation

13 m.8344A>G normal m.8344A>Gheteroplasmic Quantification of mutation e.g. MERRF m.8344A>G

14 p.C282Y G/A n/np.C282Y G/G M/n Absence/presence of mutation e.g. Haemachromatosis

15 p.C282Y A/A M/M

16 Strengths of Pyrosequencing Delivers the gold standard of genetic analysis – the sequence itself Rapid (hands on time ~ 1hour + running samples on machine ~10mins) E.g. Haemachromatosis mutations previously tested using PCR + restriction digest Quantification – important for mitochondrial mutations (previously used MS-PCR end-point PCR)

17 Strengths of Pyrosequencing continued.. Genotyping straight forward - pyrograms easy to interpret Machine + vacuum prep station - little maintenance Can take pyrosequencing plate back through the vacuum prep station (add binding buffer to plate)

18 Troubleshooting Hedgehog capturing beads - PCR plate needs to be held on a steady platform. Reagent cartridge, dont soak overnight, rinse with warm water and run through with distilled. Replace cap and leave to dry upside down. Shelf life approx 25 – 30 runs. Slow probes on hedgehog (can be replaced quickly and easily). Denaturation solution (0.2M NaOH) needs to be made up regularly.

19 Future of Pyrosequencing at LWH Automation - possibility of moving part of the process preparation of bead plate + annealing plate to robot (particularly HCT as we receive lots of samples)


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