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Quantitative Analysis of SMN1 and SMN2 Gene Based on DHPLC System

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2004 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: September 9, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2004
History: No changes posted
In this project, we will establish the efficient and accurate gene dose determination system by combining the heterodulex analysis and gene dose analysis on DHPLC platform based on various quantitative and multiplex PCR strategies and applying on detecting the carriers- in- risk and patients with spinal muscular atrophy.This method is, therefore, based on the observation that the amount of PCR product generated from each site of amplification is proportional to the amount of starting template. Detection of PCR products is carried out on DHPLC, which provide the sensitivity required for the detection of the single-copy dosage changes.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Quantitative Analysis of SMN1 and SMN2 Gene Based on DHPLC System: Establishing a Novel Highly Efficient and Reliable SMA Carrier Screening Test

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Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: April 2004
Detailed Description:

Proximal spinal muscular atrophy is an autosomal recessive disorder with an overall incidence of 1 in 10000 live births and a carrier frequency of 1 in 50. This severe neuromuscular disease is characterized by a degeneration and loss of alpha motor neurons of the spinal cord anterior horn cells, which results in progressive symmetrical weakness, atrophy of the proximal voluntary muscles, and infant death.

Two most identical copies of SMN gene, telomeric SMN (SMN1) and centromeric SMN (SMN2), have been identified. These two SMN genes are highly homologous and differing in only five nucleotide exchanges within their 3’ regions. These variations do not alter the encoded amino acids. These nucleotide differences located in exons 7 and 8, allow SMN1 gene to be distinguished from SMN2 gene.

It has been reported that more than 95% of SMA patients were homozygous deletion of SMN1 gene. Therefore, the detection of the absence of SMN1 can be a useful tool for SMA diagnosis. Furthermore, because of the high incidence of SMA, the high carrier frequency of at least 1 in 50, the severity of the disease in the patients, and the lack of effective of treatment, carrier testing for SMN1 deletion is an important question in genetic counseling. However, a highly homologous SMN2 gene also exits and hampers the detection of the loss of SMN1 which makes the detection of SMA carrier test difficult.

Here, we present a new, rapid, simple and high reliable method to detect the SMN1 deletion and to determine the copy number of the SMN1 and SMN2 by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC). DHPLC is a novel, simple, fast and non gel-base method that is very sensitive and specific for detection DNA variations. Furthermore, we describe a multiplex PCR strategy to determine the SMN1 and SMN2 genes copy number in order to avoid bias due to fluctuations in the copy number of SMN genes. The assay uses the X-linked CYBB gene and KRIT1 gene as standards to determine the relative gene dosage of SMN1 and SMN2 genes. We demonstrate that this assay is able to accurately distinguish 2 gene copies from 4 gene copies and it can identify SMA carriers and normal populations by the accurate determination of SMN copy number.

This project will contribute to apply this novel, fast, and reliable tool for diagnosis of SMA and carrier detection of SMN1 and SMN2 genes by using DHPLC system.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of Spinal muscular atrophy

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00155168

Contact: Yi-Ning su, MD,PhD 886-2-23123456 ext 7675

Dept of Medical Genetics;National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Yi-Ning su, MD,PhD    886-2-23123456 ext 7675   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Study Chair: Yi-Ning su, MD,PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information Identifier: NCT00155168     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9361700452
Study First Received: September 9, 2005
Last Updated: September 9, 2005

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
SMN1/SMN2 gene
denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC)
multiplex PCR
gene dose
carrier test

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscular Atrophy, Spinal
Muscular Atrophy
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Motor Neuron Disease
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Neuromuscular Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
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