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Berlin, Germany

Epigenomics is a molecular diagnostics company headquartered in Berlin, Germany with a wholly owned subsidiary, Epigenomics Inc. based in Seattle, WA. Wikipedia.

The present invention relates to modified and genomic sequences, to oligonucleotides and/or PNA-oligomers for detecting the cytosine methylation state of genomic DNA, as well as to a method for ascertaining genetic and/or epigenetic parameters of genes for use in the differentiation, diagnosis, treatment and/or monitoring of colon cell proliferative disorders, or the predisposition to colon cell proliferative disorders.

Particular aspects provide methods for specific amplification of template DNA in the presence of potentially contaminating PCR products from previous amplification experiments. Particular embodiments comprise, in a first step, contacting DNA with a bisulfite solution, which sulfonates unmethylated (but not methylated) cytosines, resulting in cytosine deamination and generation of sulfonated uracil. Such sulfonation protects the template nucleic acid from being a target for the enzyme uracil-DNA-glycosylase (UNG), whereas any contaminating DNA, which contains unprotected unsulfonated or desulfonated uracils, is degraded enzymatically while the UNG is active. After UNG treatment and inactivation thereof, the sulfonated uracil bases are converted into uracil by desulfonation. Such aspects have substantial utility for decontamination of nucleic acid samples; e.g., for avoiding amplification of carry over products in the context of DNA methylation analysis. In further aspects, the inventive methods can be generally used as simplified methods of bisulfite treatment.

The invention provides methods and nucleic acids for detecting, differentiating or distinguishing between colon cell proliferative disorders as well as therapy thereof by analysis of the gene EYA4 and its promoter and regulatory sequences. The invention further provides novel nucleic acid sequences useful for the cell proliferative disorder specific analysis of said gene as well as methods, assays and kits thereof.

Epigenomics AG | Date: 2015-08-24

The present application is directed to a method for performing a bisulfite reaction to determine methylation positions in a nucleic acid, i.e. methylated and non-methylated cytosines, whereby the nucleic acid is bound to a solid phase during the deamination and/or desulfonation step of the bisulfite reaction. The solid phase is preferably a material comprising glass or silica, more preferably a glass fleece, glass membrane or a magnetic glass particle. Further, the use of a solid phase for binding a nucleic acid during the deamination and/or desulfonation step of the bisulfite reaction is disclosed and a kit containing a bisulfite reagent and a solid phase.

Aspects of the invention provide methods, nucleic acids and kits for detecting, or for detecting and distinguishing between or among liver cell proliferative disorders or for detecting, or for detecting and distinguishing between or among colorectal cell proliferative disorders. Particular aspects disclose and provide genomic sequences the methylation patterns of which have substantial utility for the improved detection of and differentiation between said class of disorders, thereby enabling the improved diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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