Desiccated and Preserved Polyacrylamide based Nucleic Acid Diagnostic Systems

  • Author / Creator
    Chavali Venkata Subramanya, Ravi Shankar
  • The In-gel polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology developed by our group at the University of Alberta makes use of PCR reagents entrapped within nano-liter polyacrylamide gels. To adapt this technology for use at the point of care, methods were developed to preserve gel-based PCR reagents by desiccation within the microchips. The gel-based PCR reagents were desiccated using a vacuum desiccator with trehalose as the lyoprotectant. Long-term stability studies were conducted with these formulations at different temperature conditions. Our results indicate that the desiccated gel-based PCR reagents can retain most of their activity upon rehydration after ten weeks. The shelf life stability of these desiccated gel-based PCR reagents can be maintained for much longer durations with further improvements to the formulations, chip geometries and packaging strategies. With the inclusion of the desiccated gel-based PCR reagents within the chips, the in gel PCR technology has a great potential to be used at point of care.

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    Spring 2013
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    Master of Science
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