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BMC Genomics

, 6:62

First Online: 04 May 2005Received: 09 August 2004Accepted: 04 May 2005


BackgroundGenomic approaches in large animal models canine, ovine etc are challenging due to insufficient genomic information for these species and the lack of availability of corresponding microarray platforms. To address this problem, we speculated that conserved interspecies genetic sequences can be experimentally detected by cross-species hybridization. The Affymetrix platform probe redundancy offers flexibility in selecting individual probes with high sequence similarities between related species for gene expression analysis.

ResultsGene expression profiles of 40 canine samples were generated using the human HG-U133A GeneChip U133A. Due to interspecies genetic differences, only 14 ± 2% of canine transcripts were detected by U133A probe sets whereas profiling of 40 human samples detected 49 ± 6% of human transcripts. However, when these probe sets were deconstructed into individual probes and examined performance of each probe, we found that 47% of human probes were able to find their targets in canine tissues and generate a detectable hybridization signal. Therefore, we restricted gene expression analysis to these probes and observed the 60% increase in the number of identified canine transcripts. These results were validated by comparison of transcripts identified by our restricted analysis of cross-species hybridization with transcripts identified by hybridization of total lung canine mRNA to new Affymetrix Canine GeneChip.

ConclusionThe experimental identification and restriction of gene expression analysis to probes with detectable hybridization signal drastically increases transcript detection of canine-human hybridization suggesting the possibility of broad utilization of cross-hybridizations of related species using GeneChip technology.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2164-6-62 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Dmitry N Grigoryev - Shwu-Fan Ma - Brett A Simon - Rafael A Irizarry - Shui Q Ye - Joe GN Garcia


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