Publications by authors named "Alo Merilo"

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Evaluation of the 124-plex SNP typing microarray for forensic testing.

Forensic Sci Int Genet 2009 Dec 15;4(1):43-8. Epub 2009 May 15.

Department of Biotechnology, IMCB, University of Tartu, 23 Riia St, 51010 Tartu, Estonia.

Human identification systems such as criminal databases, forensic DNA testing and genetic genealogy require reliable and cost-effective genotyping of autosomal, mitochondrial and Y chromosome markers from different biological materials, including venous blood and saliva. Although many such assays are available, few systems are capable of simultaneously detecting all three targets in a single reaction. Employing the APEX-2 principle, we have characterized a novel 124-plex assay, using specific primer extension, universal primer amplification and single base extension on an oligonucleotide array. The assay has been designed for simultaneous genotyping of SNPs from the single copy loci (46 autosomal and 29 Y chromosomal markers) side by side with SNPs from the mitochondrial genome (49 markers) that appears in up to thousands of copies per cell in certain tissue types. All the autosomal SNPs (from the SNPforID Consortium) included in the multiplex assay are unlinked and are distributed widely across autosomes, enabling genetic fingerprints to be distinguished. Mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome polymorphisms that define haplogroups common in European populations are included to allow for maternity and paternity testing and for the analysis of genetic genealogies. After assay optimization we estimated the accuracy (99.83%) and call rate (99.66%) of the protocol on 17 mother-father-child/children families and five internal control DNAs. In addition, 79 unrelated Estonian and Swedish DNA samples were genotyped and the accuracy of mtDNA and Y chromosome haplogroup inference by the multiplex method was assessed using conventional genotyping methods and direct sequencing.
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