Diffusion-based microfluidic PCR for "one-pot" analysis of cells

Sai Ma, Despina Nelie Loufakis, Zhenning Cao, Yiwen Chang, Luke E.K. Achenie, Chang Lu

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Abstract

Genetic analysis starting with cell samples often requires multi-step processing including cell lysis, DNA purification, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based assays. When conducted on a microfluidic platform, the compatibility among various steps often demands complicated procedure. Here we present a microfluidic device that permits "one-pot" strategy for multi-step PCR analysis starting from cells. Taking advantage of the diffusivity difference, we replace the smaller molecules in the reaction chamber by diffusion while retaining DNA molecules inside. This simple scheme effectively removes reagents from the previous step to avoid interference and thus permits multi-step processing in the same reaction chamber.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2014
PublisherChemical and Biological Microsystems Society
Pages1012-1014
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780979806476
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2014 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: 26 Oct 201430 Oct 2014

Publication series

Name18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2014

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio
Period26/10/1430/10/14

Keywords

  • Micro-reactor
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Single cell analysis

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