BME103:T130 Group 5 l2
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Thermal Cycler Engineering
Our re-design is based upon the Open PCR system originally designed by Josh Perfetto and Tito Jankowski.
Kyle - Create a step-by-step procedure for setting up and running PCR reactions. Your instructions should include everything from adding reagents to the tubes, to programming the PCR machine and running the reaction.
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Research and Development
A=Alzheimer's B=Positive test Result
Background on Disease Markers
Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that occurs with loss of brain function. It affects multiple areas of the brain associated with memory, language, personality, perception, and cognitive skills. The disease typically manifests itself through forgetfulness, but gradually progresses to inability to perform basic functions, speak, and recognize family members. Currently, there is no cure. Treatment tries to slow down the disease or at the least, manage symptoms.
An SNP related to Alzheimer's disease is rs1466662 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/SNP/snp_ref.cgi?rs=1466662). It is located on chromosome four, the intron region of NM_001142552.1 and arises from a missense mutation replacing an A with a T. It is the most significant SNP outside of the SNP linked to APOE.
The backwards primer is TAT TTT TAG AAG CGA TAA AA. The forwards primer is GCC TCT TTG CCC TCT GTT TT. An allele not containing the disease will not have the sequence that allows the primers to bind. If the primers cannot bind, then that means Taq polymerase does not know where to bind. If Taq polymerase does not bind, then the sequence does not get replicated. Therefore, there will be no PCR product. Conversely, if the disease allele is present, the primers will bind. Taq polymerase will then be able to bind to the DNA and replicate the strands, creating more double-stranded DNA yielding a PCR product.
The wanted gene in the figure above refers to rs1466662.
Photo courtesy of http://users.ugent.be/~avierstr/principles/pcr.html