Concordance study between the AmpFlSTR((R)) MiniFiler (TM) PCR amplification kit and conventional STR typing kits

Journal of Forensic Sciences (Impact Factor: 1.16). 06/2007; 52(4):870 - 873. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2007.00491.x


The AmpFℓSTR® MiniFilerTM polymerase chain reaction amplification kit developed by Applied Biosystems enables size reduction on eight of the larger STR loci amplified in the Identifiler® kit, which will aid recovery of information from highly degraded DNA samples. The MiniFilerTM Kit amplifies CSF1PO, FGA, D2S1338, D7S820, D13S317, D16S539, D18S51, and D21S11 as well as the sex-typing locus amelogenin. A total of 1308 samples were evaluated with both the MiniFilerTM and Identifiler® STR kits: 449 African American, 445 Caucasian, 207 Hispanic, and 207 Asian individuals. Full concordance between Identifiler and MiniFiler Kits was observed in 99.7% (10,437 out of 10,464) STR allele calls compared. The 27 differences seen are listed in Table 1 and encompass the loci D13S317 (n = 14) and D16S539 (n = 10) as well as D18S51 (n = 1), D7S820 (n = 1), and CSF1PO (n = 1). Genotyping discrepancies between the Identifiler and MiniFiler kits were confirmed by reamplification of the samples and further testing using the PowerPlex® 16 kit in many cases. DNA sequence analysis was also performed in order to understand the nature of the genetic variations causing the allele dropout or apparent repeat unit shift.
Sample sources include IBB, MLN, DDC, and ABI. With only three exceptions (see samples no. 1, 2, 27), PowerPlex® 16 (PP16) results agree with the Identifiler® results for these samples. DNA sequencing was performed to ascertain the genetic variation responsible for the discordance of the impacted allele (shown in bold font). Note that sample no. 15 is the child of sample no. 14, sample no. 20 is the child of sample no. 21, and sample no. 22 is the child of sample no. 23.
AA, African American; C, Caucasian; H, Hispanic; A, Asian; MLN, Millennium; IBB, Interstate Blood Bank; DDC, DNA Diagnostic Center; ABI, Applied Biosystems.

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