Detection of a microRNA involved in human disease
What is it about?
MicroRNAs regulates gene expression. Changes in the natural amounts of these regulators may lead to important diseases. We have used silica materials loaded with fluorescent compounds to visualize the presence of a biologically relevant microRNA and determine the amount of these microRNA in sera.
Why is it important?
The analysis of microRNA in human samples is of special interest for diagnosis. The relative large number of microRNA and the low amounts of these compounds difficult the precise analysis of microRNA. Methods based on PCR amplification are commonly used. The proposed method will provide a strong fluorescent signal that may avoid the use of PCR.
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