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Comparison of DNA isolation using salting-out procedure and automated isolation (MagNA system)

Kalousová, Marta, Levová, Kateřina, Kuběna, Aleš A., Jáchymová, Marie, Franková, Věra, Zima, Tomáš
Preparative biochemistry & biotechnology 2017 v.47 no.7 pp. 703-708
DNA, blood cells, genetic analysis, storage conditions
Isolation of genomic DNA is a key step in genetic analysis. The aim of the study was to evaluate the suitability of isolation of DNA from peripheral blood with manual salting-out procedure and automated MagNA system under specific conditions. The impact of storage conditions, type of material (whole blood or blood cells), and method used for DNA extraction were evaluated in terms of DNA yield, its purity, and integrity. Fresh material, and material stored at 2–8°C for 1–4 weeks and frozen at −80°C were tested. For fresh samples, salting-out method gives higher yield than MagNA, irrespectively, on material used. Neither the yield of salting-out method nor its purity decreases during the storage of the samples in the fridge (2–8°C) during 4 weeks. Concerning MagNA, storage of blood cells in the fridge decreases the yield of DNA as well as its purity. For frozen samples, for whole blood, MagNA gives better results while for blood cells, salting-out method seems to be better. For fresh samples, salting-out method is the preferred one, and both whole blood and blood cells can be used. For frozen samples, the preferred method depends on the material.