Exploration of the Beta-Actin DNA Integrity Index as Early Genetic Marker of Presence of Breast Cancer
Wafaa Hussien Habeeb 1, Ahmed AbdulJabbar Suleiman 2 * , Haitham Tafash Al-Hitawee 3
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1 Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Anbar, Ramadi, IRAQ
2 Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Anbar, Ramadi, IRAQ
3 College of Medicine, University of Falluja, Anbar, IRAQ
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Background: Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and its integrity index can be a fast and non-invasive (liquid biopsy) biomarker, this provides significant additional data for diagnosis, prognosis and therapy stratification in cancer patient.
Methods: The circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) concentration and integrity was investigated in the plasma from patients with breast cancer by a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and their diagnostic value for breast cancer etiology was evaluated Plasma samples were collected from 55 patients 40 patients with breast cancer, 5 patients each with other type of cancer (ovarian cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer) and 20 healthy controls. Real-time PCR of β-actin gene were investigated using two primer sets (400 and 100bp) to amplify different DNA fragment lengths. The DNA integrity index was calculated as the ratio of q-PCR results of β-actin 400bp/100.
Results: In all cancer patients the DNA concentrations were significantly higher p<0.0001, than those of the control group. The plasma DNA integrity was statistically significantly lower in breast cancer and colon cancer than the control groups (p<0.001).
Conclusion: The plasma DNA concentration and integration test can serve as a new diagnostic marker for detection and monitoring of patients with breast cancer and colon cancer.


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Electron J Gen Med, 2020 - Volume 17 Issue 2, Article No: em188

Publication date: 15 Feb 2020

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