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Summary for Patent: 5,876,942
Title: Process for sexing cow embryos
Abstract:A rapid, highly reproducible and sensitive technique has been successfully developed for sexing the cow embryos, by method of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) against the amelogenin (bAML) genes located on both X- and Y-chromosomes of the Holstein dairy cattle. Results from DNA sequence analysis showed that there was only 45% homology between the intron 5 of AMLX and AMLY genes. Based on these sequences a pair of sex-specific primers, pbAML5XY(+) and pbAML5XY (-),were designed allowing to amplify a single fragment of 476-bp from the female cattle and two fragments of 476-bp and 341-bp from the male ones, respectively. The most important feature is that the precise sensitivity of sex-determination was confirmed to be reached as minimum template as trace amount of genomic DNA content in either a single lymphocyte or a single blastomere isolated from cow embryo at day-6 to day-7. Moreover, neither those of complicated procedures for purifying the DNA prior the PCR nor any extra pair of primers for serving as internal control is thought to be essential and the sex-determination of over hundred embryos can be completed at once within 4hrs.
Inventor(s): Cheng; Winston Teng-Kuei (Taipei, TW), Chen; Chuan-Mu (Tai Chung, TW), Hu; Che-Lin (Taipei, TW), Wang; Chih-Hua (Taipei, TW), Choo; Kong-Bung (Taipei, TW)
Assignee: National Science Council of Republic of China (Taipei, TW)
Application Number:08/899,811
Patent Claims:1. An oligonucleotide primer set for bovine embryo sexing wherein said oligonucleotide primer set comprises a primer pair which primer pair consists of individual oligonucleotide primers each of which is able to hybridize specifically and simultaneously to an intron 5 sequence of the bovine amelogenin gene, which gene is located on both the bovine X and Y chromosomes, wherein said intron 5 sequence of the bovine amelogenin gene is selected from the group consisting of: SEQ ID NO: 21 (the nucleotide sequence of intron 5 of the bovine amelogenin gene located on the bovine X chromosome), that sequence fully complementary to SEQ ID NO: 21, SEQ ID NO: 22 (the nucleotide sequence of intron 5 of the bovine amelogenin gene located on the bovine Y chromosome), and that sequence fully complementary to SEQ ID NO: 22.

2. A primer pair, for sex determination of cow embryonic cells, which comprises a DNA sequence selected from the group consisting of:

5'-AAATTCTCTCACAGTCCAAG-3' (SEQ ID NO: 16); and

5'-CAACAGGTAATTTTCCTTTAG-3' (SEQ ID NO: 19).

3. A process for sexing a cow embryo comprising the following steps:

(a) isolating a single cow blastomere by micromanipulation and placing the blastomere sample into a low tonic solution, then heating under 97.degree. C. to denature its proteins and expose its genomic DNA;

(b) carrying out a PCR-sexing reaction by using a primer pair according to claim 2, wherein the concentration of the primer pair is increased from the conventional 100 nM to 400 nM, and the amount of thermostable Taq DNA polymerase in the reaction system is twice (2.5 U) that used in conventional PCR (i.e. 1.25U), and wherein said PCR-sexing reaction is carried out in a program having reaction conditions as follows: 94.degree. C., 30 seconds; 53.degree. C., 1 minute; 72.degree. C., 1 minute repeating 20 cycles; followed by 94.degree. C., 30 seconds; 54.degree. C., 1 minute; 72.degree. C., 1 minute repeating 30 cycles; and with a termination step as 72.degree. C., 5 minutes and 4.degree. C., 2 minutes, whereby PCR products are produced; and

(c) size separating said PCR products by electrophoresis, wherein PCR products derived from a female embryo(XX) has a length of 467-bp, while those products derived from a male embryo(XY) have lengths of 467-bp and 341-bp, thereby determining the sex type of the cow embryo.

4. A kit for sexing a cow embryo comprising a primer pair according to claim 1 and at least one reagent for performing PCR.

5. A process for sexing a cow embryo which comprises isolating a cow embryo and exposing its genomic DNA; carrying out PCR sexing reaction using the primer pair of claim 2 as primer to thereby obtain PCR products; and size separating said PCR products whereby the presence of 467 bp and 341 bp PCR products indicates a male embryo and the presence of only 467 bp PCR product indicates the presence of a female embryo.

6. A compound which is a oligonucleotide selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 14, SEQ ID NO: 16, SEQ ID NO: 19, SEQ ID NO: 21 and SEQ ID NO: 22.

7. A kit for sexing a cow embryo according to claim 4 wherein said at least one reagent is selected from the group consisting of: Taq DNA polymerase, dNTPs and 1X PCR buffer wherein said Taq DNA polymerase is present in an amount of 2.5 U; said dNTPs are present in an amount of 0.2 mM and said 1X PCR buffer contains: 20 mM Tris-HCl having a pH of 8.8, 10 mM (NH.sub.4).sub.2 SO.sub.4, 10 mM MgCl.sub.2,2 mM MgSO.sub.4, 0.1% Triton X-100 and 0.1 mg/ml BSA.

Details for Patent 5,876,942

Applicant Tradename Biologic Ingredient Dosage Form BLA Number Approval Date Patent No. Assignee Estimated Patent Expiration Status Orphan Source
Schering INTRON A interferon alfa-2b VIAL 103132 001 1986-06-04   Try a Free Trial National Science Council of Republic of China (Taipei, TW) 2037-11-20 RX search
Schering INTRON A interferon alfa-2b VIAL 103132 002 1986-06-04   Try a Free Trial National Science Council of Republic of China (Taipei, TW) 2037-11-20 RX search
Schering INTRON A interferon alfa-2b VIAL 103132 003 1986-06-04   Try a Free Trial National Science Council of Republic of China (Taipei, TW) 2037-11-20 RX search
Applicant Tradename Biologic Ingredient Dosage Form BLA Number Approval Date Patent No. Assignee Estimated Patent Expiration Status Orphan Source

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