Lookup NU author(s): Rebecca Hanna,
Professor Mark Birch-Machin
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND).
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors that induce cellular oxidative stress damage tissue integrity and promote ageing, resulting in accumulative strand breaks to the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genome. Limited repair mechanisms and close proximity to superoxide generation make mtDNA a prominent biomarker of oxidative damage. Using human DNA we describe an optimised long-range qPCR methodology that sensitively detects mtDNA strand breaks relative to a suite of short mitochondrial and nuclear DNA housekeeping amplicons, which control for any variation in mtDNA copy number. An application is demonstrated by detecting 30-fold mtDNA damage in human skin cells induced by hydrogen peroxide and solar simulated radiation.
Author(s): Hanna R, Crowther J, Bulsara P, Wang X, Moore D, Birch-Machin MA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Online publication date: 04/05/2018
Acceptance date: 30/04/2018
Date deposited: 08/05/2018
ISSN (print): 1567-7249
ISSN (electronic): 1872-8278
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