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mRNA Sequencing

Introduction to mRNA Sequencing

mRNA sequencing (mRNA-Seq) has rapidly become the method of choice for analyzing the transcriptomes of disease states, of biological processes, and across a wide range of study designs. In addition to being a highly sensitive and accurate means of quantifying gene expression, mRNA-Seq can identify both known and novel transcript isoforms, gene fusions, and other features as well as allele-specific expression. mRNA-Seq delivers a complete view of the coding transcriptome that is not restricted by the filter of prior knowledge.

mRNA-Seq in 3 Simple Steps

Analyze the coding transcriptome in standard mRNA samples with this seamless workflow solution.

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Advantages of mRNA Sequencing

mRNA-Seq provides a number of advantages over gene expression arrays in analyzing the transcriptome.

  • Offers a broader dynamic range, enabling more sensitive and accurate measurement of fold changes in gene expression
  • Captures both known and novel features
  • Can be applied across a wide range of species
Transitioning from Arrays to mRNA-Seq

Expression Analysis developed tools to make it easier to compare mRNA-Seq results with previous array data.

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Accurate, High-Resolution View of the Transcriptome

Ratio compression is an established technical limitation of gene expression arrays that reduces dynamic range and can mask or alter measured transcriptional changes.1–3 In contrast, mRNA-Seq is not subject to this bias and provides more comprehensive and accurate measurements of gene expression changes.

Additionally, mRNA-Seq can provide strand information, which enables the detection of antisense expression, allows more accurate quantification of overlapping transcripts, and increases the percentage of alignable reads.

Autism and mRNA-Seq

Stanley Lapidus, President, CEO, and Founder, SynapDx, discusses how the company is using mRNA-Seq to study autism.

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Featured mRNA Sequencing Articles

Mapping Neural Diversity
Mapping Neural Diversity

Allen Institute researchers use mRNA-Seq to analyze gene expression in individual neurons and classify V1 neural cells.

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Single-Cell Analysis in Developmental Biology
Single-Cell Analysis in Developmental Biology

Dr. Colin Trapnell discusses his lab's experience with single-cell mRNA-Seq and his efforts to make bioinformatics tools available to all.

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RNA-Seq Considerations
RNA Sequencing Considerations

Learn about read length and depth requirements for RNA-Seq and find resources to help with experimental design.

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Library Prep for RNA Sequencing

mRNA Sequencing Library Prep

Quantify gene expression, identify known and novel isoforms in the coding transcriptome, detect gene fusions, and measure allele-specific expression with our enhanced RNA-Seq library prep solutions.

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Comprehensive mRNA-Seq Workflow

Illumina sequencing by synthesis (SBS) chemistry is the most widely adopted NGS technology, producing approximately 90% of global sequencing data.*

In addition to our industry-leading data quality, Illumina offers integrated mRNA-Seq workflows that simplify the entire process, from library preparation to data analysis and biological interpretation.

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RNA-Seq in Cancer Research

Monitoring gene expression changes with mRNA-Seq can help researchers identify biomarkers predictive of disease prognosis or response to therapy. Learn more about cancer RNA-Seq.

Gene Expression Analysis for Disease Studies

RNA-Seq-based gene expression profiling studies can provide visibility into how genetic and environmental factors contribute to a broad range of diseases. Learn more about gene expression profiling.

RNA Drug Response Biomarker Discovery

Find out how to utilize RNA-Seq to identify novel RNA-based drug response biomarkers. Access resources designed to help new users adopt this application. Learn more about drug response RNA biomarker analysis.

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Additional Resources

「NGSでできること」を網羅した冊子、アプリケーションガイド(英語版)
「NGSでできること」を網羅した冊子、アプリケーションガイド(英語版)

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シングルセル mRNA-Seq
シングルセル mRNA-Seq

Dr. Norma Neffがスタンフォード大学で取り組んでいる発達初期の理解にどのようにシングルセルmRNA-Seqを使っているかを話しています。

RNA-Seq データ解析
RNA-Seq データ解析

ユーザーフレンドリーなソフトウェアツールが、バイオインフォマティクスの経験がなくても、生物学者のためのmRNA-Seqデータ解析を簡素化させます。

遺伝子発現のための RNA-Seq
遺伝子発現のための RNA-Seq

イルミナは生物学の深い洞察をもたらす包括的なmRNA-Seqを提供しています。

低クオリティと FFPE サンプルのための RNA-Seq
低クオリティと FFPE サンプルのための RNA-Seq

ホルマリン固定パラフィン包埋(FFPE)および低クオリティサンプルのRNA-Seqにより、疾患研究のための価値のある情報をもたらします。

ペアエンド RNA シーケンス
ペアエンド RNA シーケンス

ペアエンドRNA-Seqにより融合遺伝子や新規スプライスアイソフォームの特徴づけなどの探索アプリケーションを可能にします。

References
  1. Shi L, Tong W, Su Z, et al. Microarray scanner calibration curves: characteristics and implications. BMC Bioinformatics. 2005;6 Suppl 2:S11.
  2. Naef F, Socci ND, Magnasco M. A study of accuracy and precisions in oligonucleotide arrays: extracting more signal at large concentrations. Bioinformatics. 2003;19:178-184.
  3. Yuen T, Wurmbach E, Pfeffer RL, Ebersole BJ, Sealfon SC. Accuracy and calibration of commercial oligonucleotide and custom cDNA microarrays. Nucleic Acids Res. 2002;30:e48.

*Data calculations on file. Illumina, Inc., 2015