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July 13, 2016
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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Development of a bench-top extra-cleanroom preventing DNA contamination from airborne nanoparticles for DNA analysis with high reliability

Hirokazu Takahashi, a postdoctoral researcher, and Yoshiko Okamura, an Associate Professor of Hiroshima University announced a bench-top extra-cleanroom classified as ISO-1 (>10 particles/m3) developed by a research group composed of Hiroshima University, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization and Koken Ltd. It can prevent DNA contamination derived from airborne nanoparticles sufficiently and stably and enables DNA analysis based on infinitesimal cells with high reliability.

With the high ability of ø29 DNA polymerase, infinitesimal amounts of genomic DNA can be amplified via whole-genome amplification (WGA). However WGA based on a non-specific amplification method using random primers is easily affected by contaminants. Conventional Laminar-flow cabinet classified as ISO-5 cannot perfectly prevent invasion by airborne nano-particles. Indeed, many airborne nano-particles (2.0 104 to 3.5 104 particles/m3, mainly 0.1 m in size) were detected in the LAF-cabinet.

In this study published in Bio Techniques, the authors revealed that airborne nano-particles contained a small part of human- and fungal-chromosomal DNA, vector-like DNA and unknown DNA and randomly contaminated into tubes independent of place and time. Therefore, a bench-top extra-cleanroom was developed and the frequency of DNA contamination in ISO-1 was compared with that in ISO-5. The result showed that new developed cleanroom succeeded to prevent contamination in DNA amplification procedures perfectly and guaranteed the high quality of DNA amplicon.

Despite its higher cleanliness classification, the bench-top extra-cleanroom is much less expensive than conventional cleanroom systems. Therefore, this cleanroom is expected to be used in metagenomic studies of unculturable organisms and in any other life science and medical studies.

Program Information

Research Area “Creation of Basic Technology for Improved Bioenergy Production through Functional Analysis and Regulation of Algae and Other Aquatic Microorganisms”
Research Theme “Development of key technologies for complete utilization of macroalgae as energy and material resources with unique metabolism of marine microorganisms”

Journal Information

H. Takahashi, T. Satoh, H. Kanahara, Y. Kubota, T. Hirose, H. Yamazaki, K. Yamamoto, Y. Okamura, T. Suzuki, and T. Kobori. “Development of a bench-top extra-cleanroom for DNA amplification”. Bio Techniques, 61, 42-46. 2016, doi: 10.2144/000114433.


[About Research]
Yoshiko Okamura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University

[About Program]
Tetsu Kawaguchi
Life Innovation Group, Department of Innovation Research, JST


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