Sequencing Long Amplicon Microsatellite Loci Using the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION[TM] Device
Hall, Courtney L.
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Forensic DNA typing utilizes highly variable short tandem repeat (STR) markers to differentiate individuals. Despite the power and reliability of current techniques, sequence-level variations are masked in the length-based profiles generated. Nanopore sequencing has the ability to provide long-read data, allowing for accurate alignment and identification of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within and around microsatellite loci. To evaluate the applicability of nanopore sequencing to forensically-relevant autosomal and Y chromosome markers, selected STRs and their flanking regions (~800 bp) were amplified using custom primer sets, barcoded by sample, and sequenced on the MinION[TM] device. High quality sequencing data were obtained for all 24 samples at the 45 STRs interrogated using a customized data analysis pipeline. This project sets the foundation for future development of STRs for potential forensic applications as well as biomedically-relevant regions.