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A highly sensitive and specific method for the screening detection of genetically modified organisms based on digital PCR without pretreatment.

Fu W, Zhu P, Wang C, Huang K, Du Z, Tian W, Wang Q, Wang H, Xu W, Zhu S - Sci Rep (2015)

Bottom Line: However, to use this improved method, the samples must be pretreated, which could introduce inaccuracy into the results.The results showed that the limit of detection of our method was 0.1%, which was lower than the labeling threshold level of the EU.In conclusion, the method in our study would allow more sensitive, specific and stable screening detection of the GMO content of international trading products.

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Affiliation: The Institute of Plant Quarantine, Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Beijing, 100029, China.

ABSTRACT
Digital PCR has developed rapidly since it was first reported in the 1990 s. It was recently reported that an improved method facilitated the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, to use this improved method, the samples must be pretreated, which could introduce inaccuracy into the results. In our study, we explored a pretreatment-free digital PCR detection method for the screening for GMOs. We chose the CaMV35s promoter and the NOS terminator as the templates in our assay. To determine the specificity of our method, 9 events of GMOs were collected, including MON810, MON863, TC1507, MIR604, MIR162, GA21, T25, NK603 and Bt176. Moreover, the sensitivity, intra-laboratory and inter-laboratory reproducibility of our detection method were assessed. The results showed that the limit of detection of our method was 0.1%, which was lower than the labeling threshold level of the EU. The specificity and stability among the 9 events were consistent, respectively. The intra-laboratory and inter-laboratory reproducibility were both good. Finally, the perfect fitness for the detection of eight double-blind samples indicated the good practicability of our method. In conclusion, the method in our study would allow more sensitive, specific and stable screening detection of the GMO content of international trading products.

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f2: The specificity and stability test of our method.

Mentions: In our study, specificity was theoretically defined as the unique amplification of the events that contained the correct screening elements. Stability was defined as the stable amplification of all of the events that contained the matched elements. The MON810, MON863, TC1507, BT176, MIR604, MIR162, GA21, T25 and NK603 events were used to test the specificity and stability of the primers and probes in our assay. The amplification results are shown in Fig. 2. The experimental amplification results all perfectly matched the theoretical results.


A highly sensitive and specific method for the screening detection of genetically modified organisms based on digital PCR without pretreatment.

Fu W, Zhu P, Wang C, Huang K, Du Z, Tian W, Wang Q, Wang H, Xu W, Zhu S - Sci Rep (2015)

The specificity and stability test of our method.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f2: The specificity and stability test of our method.
Mentions: In our study, specificity was theoretically defined as the unique amplification of the events that contained the correct screening elements. Stability was defined as the stable amplification of all of the events that contained the matched elements. The MON810, MON863, TC1507, BT176, MIR604, MIR162, GA21, T25 and NK603 events were used to test the specificity and stability of the primers and probes in our assay. The amplification results are shown in Fig. 2. The experimental amplification results all perfectly matched the theoretical results.

Bottom Line: However, to use this improved method, the samples must be pretreated, which could introduce inaccuracy into the results.The results showed that the limit of detection of our method was 0.1%, which was lower than the labeling threshold level of the EU.In conclusion, the method in our study would allow more sensitive, specific and stable screening detection of the GMO content of international trading products.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: The Institute of Plant Quarantine, Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Beijing, 100029, China.

ABSTRACT
Digital PCR has developed rapidly since it was first reported in the 1990 s. It was recently reported that an improved method facilitated the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, to use this improved method, the samples must be pretreated, which could introduce inaccuracy into the results. In our study, we explored a pretreatment-free digital PCR detection method for the screening for GMOs. We chose the CaMV35s promoter and the NOS terminator as the templates in our assay. To determine the specificity of our method, 9 events of GMOs were collected, including MON810, MON863, TC1507, MIR604, MIR162, GA21, T25, NK603 and Bt176. Moreover, the sensitivity, intra-laboratory and inter-laboratory reproducibility of our detection method were assessed. The results showed that the limit of detection of our method was 0.1%, which was lower than the labeling threshold level of the EU. The specificity and stability among the 9 events were consistent, respectively. The intra-laboratory and inter-laboratory reproducibility were both good. Finally, the perfect fitness for the detection of eight double-blind samples indicated the good practicability of our method. In conclusion, the method in our study would allow more sensitive, specific and stable screening detection of the GMO content of international trading products.

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