Production and certification of NIST Standard Reference Material 2372 Human DNA Quantitation Standard

ArticleinAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 394(4):1183-92 · May 2009with128 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/s00216-009-2782-0 · Source: PubMed
Modern highly multiplexed short tandem repeat (STR) assays used by the forensic human-identity community require tight control of the initial amount of sample DNA amplified in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) process. This, in turn, requires the ability to reproducibly measure the concentration of human DNA, [DNA], in a sample extract. Quantitative PCR (qPCR) techniques can determine the number of intact stretches of DNA of specified nucleotide sequence in an extremely small sample; however, these assays must be calibrated with DNA extracts of well-characterized and stable composition. By 2004, studies coordinated by or reported to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) indicated that a well-characterized, stable human DNA quantitation certified reference material (CRM) could help the forensic community reduce within- and among-laboratory quantitation variability. To ensure that the stability of such a quantitation standard can be monitored and that, if and when required, equivalent replacement materials can be prepared, a measurement of some stable quantity directly related to [DNA] is required. Using a long-established conventional relationship linking optical density (properly designated as decadic attenuance) at 260 nm with [DNA] in aqueous solution, NIST Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2372 Human DNA Quantitation Standard was issued in October 2007. This SRM consists of three quite different DNA extracts: a single-source male, a multiple-source female, and a mixture of male and female sources. All three SRM components have very similar optical densities, and thus very similar conventional [DNA]. The materials perform very similarly in several widely used gender-neutral assays, demonstrating that the combination of appropriate preparation methods and metrologically sound spectrophotometric measurements enables the preparation and certification of quantitation [DNA] standards that are both maintainable and of practical utility.
    • "The importance of DNA RMs has been more and more highlighted for method calibration and proficiency testing. Scientists in U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reported that, stable DNA quantitation RMs could obviously help to reduce the within-and amonglaboratory quantitation variability [7]. However, for DNA RM [8] development, basic research of quantification methods was needed, in order to study the consistency of these methods and analyse the uncertainty sources [9]. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background The accuracy and metrology traceability of DNA quantification is becoming a critical theme in many fields, including diagnosis, forensic analysis, microorganism detection etc. Thus the research of DNA reference materials (RMs) and consistency of DNA quantification methods has attracted considerable research interest. ResultsIn this work, we developed 3 plasmid candidate RMs, containing 3 target genes of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) and other Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC): stx1, stx2, and fliC (h7) respectively. Comprehensive investigation of the plasmid RMs was performed for their sequence, purity, homogeneity and stability, and then the concentration was quantified by three different methods: ultraviolet spectrophotometer (UV), high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) and digital PCR. As a routinely applied method for DNA analysis, UV was utilized for the quantification (OD260) and purity analysis for the plasmids. HR-ICP-MS quantified the plasmid DNA through analysing the phosphorus in DNA molecules. Digital PCR distributed the DNA samples onto a microarray chip containing thousands of reaction chambers, and quantified the DNA copy numbers by analysing the number of positive signals without any calibration curves needed. Conclusions Based on the high purification of the DNA reference materials and the optimization of dPCR analysis, we successfully achieved good consistency between UV, HR-ICP-MS and dPCR, with relative deviations lower than 10 %. We then performed the co-quantification of 3 DNA RMs with three different methods together, and the uncertainties of their concentration were evaluated. Finally, the certified values and expanded uncertainties for 3 DNA RMs (pFliC, pStx1 and pStx2) were (1.60 ± 0.10) × 1010 copies/μL, (1.53 ± 0.10) × 1010 copies/μL and (1.70 ± 0.11) × 1010 copies/μL respectively.Graphical abstractWe developed 3 plasmid candidate RMs, containing 3 target genes of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) and other Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC): stx1, stx2, and fliC (h7) respectively, and the quantification of three different methods (UV, dPCR, ICP) was studied.
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    • "Gel electrophoresis did not show any indication of low molecular weight contaminants (Supplemental Fig. 1). The packaging, storage conditions, and characterization of SRM 2373 were greatly aided by the experience gained from development of SRM 2372 [26]. The sample volume of 110 L (approximately 2 g of DNA) per tube provides enough material for HER2 copy number assays, including next-generation sequencing. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: NIST standard reference material (SRM) 2373 was developed to improve the measurements of the HER2 gene amplification in DNA samples. SRM 2373 consists of genomic DNA extracted from five breast cancer cell lines with different amounts of amplification of the HER2 gene. The five components are derived from the human cell lines SK-BR-3, MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-361, MDA-MB-453, and BT-474. The certified values are the ratios of the HER2 gene copy numbers to the copy numbers of selected reference genes DCK, EIF5B, RPS27A, and PMM1. The ratios were measured using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and digital PCR, methods that gave similar ratios. The five components of SRM 2373 have certified HER2 amplification ratios that range from 1.3 to 17.7. The stability and homogeneity of the reference materials were shown by repeated measurements over a period of several years. SRM 2373 is a well characterized genomic DNA reference material that can be used to improve the confidence of the measurements of HER2 gene copy number.
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    • "Control materials can serve to evaluate or validate analytical processes, establish reliable and comparable analytical results among laboratories or analysts through proficiency testing or competence assessment, and verify accuracy of measurement performance on a daily basis [16]. For example, human DNA Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) are used in the forensics community to reduce variability within and among laboratories [17,18]. Control materials are typically thoroughly characterized using measurement methods with well understood biases and variability. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aims: We describe the development and interlaboratory study of modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a candidate material to evaluate a full detection workflow including DNA extraction and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Methods and results: S. cerevisiae NE095 was prepared by stable insertion of DNA sequence External RNA Control Consortium-00095 into S. cerevisiae BY4739 to convey selectivity. For the interlaboratory study, a binomial regression model was used to select three cell concentrations, high (4 × 10(7) cells ml(-1)), intermediate (4 × 10(5) cells ml(-1)) and low (4 × 10(3) cells ml(-1)), and the number of samples per concentration. Seven participants, including potential end users, had combined rates of positive qPCR detection (quantification cycle <37) of 100%, 40%, and 0% for high, intermediate, and low concentrations, respectively. Conclusions: The NE095 strain was successfully detected by all participants, with the high concentration indicating a potential target concentration for a reference material. Significance and impact of the study: The engineered yeast has potential to support measurement assurance for the analytical process of qPCR, encompassing the method, equipment, and operator, to increase confidence in results and better inform decision-making in areas of applied microbiology. This material can also support process assessment for other DNA-based detection technologies.
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