DNA microarray is a hybridization technique performed in microscopic glass slide with surface modification, anchoring specific set of probes sequences complementary to the Target. Upon complementation with the target sequence fluorescence signal can be captured and state of the test sample can be identified.
DNA microarrays can be used to measure changes in expression levels, to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), or to genotype or targeted resequencing.
Principle of DNA Microarray
The principle behind microarray is the hybridization between two DNA strands. Complementary sequence of the DNA pair specifically by forming hydrogen bonds, the more number of complementary base pairs in a nucleotide sequence will have a tighter non-covalent bonding between the two strands.
After the hybridization of target DNA to the probes attached on the glass slide, slides are washed to remove any non-specifically bound sequences, only strongly paired strands will remain hybridized.
Fluorescently labelled target sequences that bind to a probe sequence generate a signal that depends on the hybridization conditions (such as temperature), and washing after hybridization. Total strength of the signal, from a spot (feature), depends upon the amount of target sample binding to the probes present on that spot. Microarrays use relative quantitation in which the intensity of a feature is compared to the intensity of the same feature under a different condition, and the identity of the feature is known by its position.
Preparing Glass Slide for Surface Modification
Glass slide used for surface modification microarray need to be clean, to remove any organic contaminats and dirt glass can be cleaned with Ethanol, Toulene or Etching with pirhana. Etching with pirhana (7:3 H2SO4:H2O2) is the better choice among the other cleaning methods. One need to be careful while while handling pirhana solution as it is a strong oxidizer.
Surface Modification Strategies
Various Surface modification are developed for DNA microarray, few of the most commonly used ones are
- Poly – L- Lysine,
- 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APS),
- 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPS) and
- Aldehyde or carboxylic acid.
Oligo attachment to the modified glass surface
- Oligo attachment to PLL coated glass slide
Poly – L – Lysine hydrogen bonding with an oligonucleotide.
- Oligo attachment to APS coated glass slide
- Oligo attachment to GPS coated glass slide
One-half of a DAB dendrimer hydrogen bonding with an oligonucleotide
Spotting Oligo Probes on the glass slide
List of commercially availbale DNA Microarrays
- ACLARA Bio Sciences
- GeneChipTM - Affymetrix
- LabChip - Caliper Technologies
- LabCD system - Gamera Bioscience
- Genetix Ltd
- Incyte Microarray Systems
- Sequenom and
- GenoSensor - Vysis Inc. (Downers Grove, IL)
Technical Resources, Array It Corp
Technical Resources, Affymetrix
A Beginer's Guide to DNA microarrays