Detection and Quantification of MicroRNAs by Ligase-Assisted Sandwich Hybridization on a Microarray.

Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) (2015-11-29)
Ryo Iizuka, Taro Ueno, Takashi Funatsu

Extracellular microRNAs (miRNAs) in body fluids have been identified as promising biomarkers for different human diseases. The high-throughput, multiplexed detection and quantification of these miRNAs are highly beneficial for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of diseases. Here, we developed a simple and convenient microarray-based technique, named ligase-assisted sandwich hybridization (LASH), for the detection and quantification of miRNAs. The LASH assay involves the hybridization of capture and detection probe pairs with the target miRNA to form a double-stranded structure which is then nick-sealed by T4 DNA ligase. Using this assay, we successfully demonstrated the multiplexed detection and quantification of different miRNAs in total RNA samples derived from blood obtained within 3 h. Here, we provide a detailed protocol for the LASH assay to detect a specific miRNA, as a model for the detection and quantification of extracellular miRNAs.

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