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Title: Simplified method for the collection, storage, and comet assay analysis of DNA damage in whole blood.
Authors: Al-Salmani, K.
Abbas, H. H.
Schulpen, S.
Karbaschi, M.
Abdalla, I.
Bowman, K. J.
So, K. K.
Evans, M. D.
Jones, G. D.
Godschalk, R. W.
Cooke, M. S.
First Published: 1-Aug-2011
Citation: FREE RADIC BIOL MED, 2011, 51 (3), pp. 719-725
Abstract: Single-cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay) is one of the most common methods used to measure oxidatively damaged DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), as a biomarker of oxidative stress in vivo. However, storage, extraction, and assay workup of blood samples are associated with a risk of artifactual formation of damage. Previous reports using this approach to study DNA damage in PBMC have, for the most part, required the isolation of PBMC before immediate analysis or freezing in cryopreservative. This is very time-consuming and a significant drain on human resources. Here, we report the successful storage of whole blood in ~250 μl volumes, at -80°C, without cryopreservative, for up to 1 month without artifactual formation of DNA damage. Furthermore, this blood is amenable for direct use in both the alkaline and the enzyme-modified comet assay, without the need for prior isolation of PBMC. In contrast, storage of larger volumes (e.g., 5 ml) of whole blood leads to an increase in damage with longer term storage even at -80°C, unless a cryopreservative is present. Our "small volume" approach may be suitable for archived blood samples, facilitating analysis of biobanks when prior isolation of PBMC has not been performed.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2011.05.020
eISSN: 1873-4596
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine

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