Variations - Bead based microarray
Author: Rodney E. Shackelford, DO, Ph.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 3 July 2010, last major update July 2010
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● Recently, microscopic polystyrene or latex beads have been employed as the solid support in microarray
● Beads can carry two or more labels in different ratios creating different bead types, allowing a more complex analysis than microarray performed on a two dimensional matrix
● Additionally, up to 100 different fluorophores can be used to label 100 different bead-attached probes
● The beads may be placed in a microtitre plate, commonly allowing 96 different samples to be analyzed in parallel
● Following mixing with labeled target cDNAs, hybridization and washing, the beads can by analyzed flow cytometry
● The advantage of this system is that hybridization takes place in solution (instead of a two-dimensional surface), often giving a higher specificity for closely related target sequences
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