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Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Sep;37(16):e106. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkp507. Epub 2009 Jun 15.

Detection of single nucleotide variations in expressed exons of the human genome using RNA-Seq.

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  • 1Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


Whole-genome resequencing is still a costly method to detect genetic mutations that lead to altered forms of proteins and may be associated with disease development. Since the majority of disease-related single nucleotide variations (SNVs) are found in protein-coding regions, we propose to identify SNVs in expressed exons of the human genome using the recently developed RNA-Seq technique. We identify 12 176 and 10 621 SNVs, respectively, in Jurkat T cells and CD4(+) T cells from a healthy donor. Interestingly, our data show that one copy of the TAL-1 proto-oncogene has a point mutation in 3' UTR and only the mutant allele is expressed in Jurkat cells. We provide a comprehensive dataset for further understanding the cancer biology of Jurkat cells. Our results indicate that this is a cost-effective and efficient strategy to systematically identify SNVs in the expressed regions of the human genome.

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