Simple and Low-Cost Sampling of Cell-Free Nucleic Acids from Blood Plasma for Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Circulating Tumor DNA

Choong Eun Jin, Bonhan Koo, Tae Yoon Lee, Kyudong Han, Seok Byung Lim, In Ja Park, Yong Shin

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Cell-free nucleic acids (cfNAs) are emerging diagnostic biomarkers for monitoring the treatment and recurrence of cancers. In particular, the biological role and clinical usefulness of cfNAs obtained from the plasma of patients with various cancers are popular and still intensely explored, yet most studies are limited by technical problems during cfNA isolation. A dimethyl dithiobispropionimidate (DTBP)-based microchannel platform that enables spontaneous cfNA capture in 15 min with minimal cellular background and no requirements for use of bulky instruments is reported first. This platform identified KRAS and BRAF hot-spot mutations following cfDNA isolation from the blood plasma and tissues obtained from 30 colorectal cancer patients. The correlation of mutations between the primary tissues and plasma from the patients was high using this platform with whole genome sequencing compared to the spin-column method. This platform can also be combined with various detection approaches (biooptical sensor, Sanger sequencing, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) for rapid, simple, low-cost, and sensitive circulating tumor DNA detection in blood plasma. The efficiency and versatility of this platform in isolating cfNAs from liquid biopsies has applications in cancer treatment and precision medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800614
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (2017R1A2B4005288), and also supported by a grant from the Korea Health Technology R & D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (HI16C-0272-010016), and was also supported by a grant (2017-7031, 7034) from the Asan Institute for Life Sciences, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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© 2018 The Authors. Published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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