A cell spot microarray method for production of high density siRNA transfection microarrays

Juha K. Rantala (Corresponding Author), Rami Mäkelä, Anna-Riina Aaltola, Petra Laasola, John Mpindi, Matthias Nees, Petri Saviranta, Olli Kallioniemi (Corresponding Author)

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    Background: High-throughput RNAi screening is widely applied in biological research, but remains expensive, infrastructure-intensive and conversion of many assays to HTS applications in microplate format is not feasible.

    Results: Here, we describe the optimization of a miniaturized cell spot microarray (CSMA) method, which facilitates utilization of the transfection microarray technique for disparate RNAi analyses. To promote rapid adaptation of the method, the concept has been tested with a panel of 92 adherent cell types, including primary human cells. We demonstrate the method in the systematic screening of 492 GPCR coding genes for impact on growth and survival of cultured human prostate cancer cells.

    Conclusions: The CSMA method facilitates reproducible preparation of highly parallel cell microarrays for large-scale gene knockdown analyses. This will be critical towards expanding the cell based functional genetic screens to include more RNAi constructs, allow combinatorial RNAi analyses, multi-parametric phenotypic readouts or comparative analysis of many different cell types.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBMC Genomics
    Issue number162
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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