Isolation of Expressed Sequences from the Chromosome 17q21 BRCA1 Region by Magnetic Bead Capture

  • Fergus J. Couch
  • Barbara L. Weber
  • Francis S. Collins
  • Danilo A. Tagle


Magnetic bead capture of cDNAs utilizes biotin-streptavidin magnetic bead technology to isolate expressed sequences from large genomic regions, resulting in several thousand-fold enrichment of selected cDNAs. The technique allows parallel analysis of several genomic segments of varying complexity. Expressed sequences from a variety of tissue sources can also be identified simultaneously. To evaluate this approach, we have applied it to pools of cosmid clones from the interval on chromosome 17q21 which contains the familial early onset breast cancer gene (BRCA1). We describe the characterization of 9 potentially unique cDNAs which were isolated from one pool of 7 minimally overlapping cosmids representing a subset of the BRCA1 candidate region. Overall, the method is shown to detect a large fraction of coding sequences in cosmid clones. Advantages and limitations of the approach are discussed.


cDNA Library cDNA Clone cDNA Fragment Genomic Clone Yeast Artificial Chromosome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fergus J. Couch
    • 1
  • Barbara L. Weber
    • 1
  • Francis S. Collins
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Danilo A. Tagle
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Internal MedicineUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Human GeneticsUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Laboratory of Gene Transfer, National Center for Human Genome ResearchNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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