, Volume 279, Issue 4, pp 533-537
Date: 28 Aug 2008

High throughput non-invasive determination of foetal Rhesus D status using automated extraction of cell-free foetal DNA in maternal plasma and mass spectrometry

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Abstract

Purpose

To examine the potential high throughput capability and efficiency of an automated DNA extraction system in combination with mass spectrometry for the non-invasive determination of the foetal Rhesus D status.

Methods

A total of 178 maternal plasma samples from RHD-negative pregnant women were examined, from which DNA was extracted using the automated Roche MagNA Pure™ system. Presence of the foetal RHD gene was detected by PCR for RHD exon 7 and subsequent analysis using the Sequenom MassArray™ mass spectrometric system.

Results

We determined that as little as 15 pg of RHD-positive genomic DNA could be detected in a background of 585 pg of RHD-negative genomic DNA. The analysis of the clinical samples yielded a sensitivity and specificity of 96.1 and 96.1%, respectively.

Conclusion

Our study indicated that automated DNA extraction in combination with mass spectrometry permits the determination of foetal Rhesus D genotype with an accuracy comparable to the current approaches using real-time PCR.