Quantitative analysis of tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein-2 mRNA from melanoma cells in blood by real-time polymerase chain reaction
2000 (English)In: Melanoma research, ISSN 0960-8931, E-ISSN 1473-5636, Vol. 10, no 3, 213-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Several studies have evaluated the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of tyrosinase mRNA to detect melanoma cells in blood. However, contradictory results have been obtained from different groups. We therefore have developed and validated a quantitative PCR method for tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein-2 (TRP-2) mRNA. An important methodological finding was that high concentrations of reverse transcriptase or RNA sample inhibited the following PCR. This could be abolished by dilution of the cDNA sample before the PCR. Standard curves with a linear range over at least five logs were obtained with dilutions of melanoma cell cDNA. Controls (RNA and cDNA) consisting of melanoma cells (1000/ml) added to blood were analysed repeatedly over 3 months, resulting in means between 880 and 1074 AU/ml. The RNA controls were stable, whereas the cDNA controls, as well as the calibrators, showed a tendency to change over time. The variation in the RNA controls was 25% for tyrosinase and 22% for TRP-2. Seven stage III-IV melanoma patients were tested for tyrosinase and TRP-2 transcripts in blood drawn from a peripheral vein and from a Port-a-cath. Tyrosinase mRNA was found in three patients (0.8-12.4 AU/ml). For TRP-2, the same amount was found in the patients as in healthy donors. No differences were seen between blood from a peripheral vein and from the Port-a-cath. We here present fast and sensitive methods for the quantification of tyrosinase and TRP-2 mRNA in blood.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 10, no 3, 213-222 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25089PubMedID: 10890374Local ID: 9520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25089DiVA: diva2:245415