DNA Chips and Microarrays


Parallel analyses of thousands of molecules based on hybridization to nucleotides are carried out on microarrays. The large amount of data generated from scanning such arrays needs bioinformatic handling in the form of noise filtering, calibration and normalization to be ready for experimental comparison with other arrays. This may provide insight into regulatory pathways and lead to reclassification of diseases.

Keywords: DNA chips; microarrays; gene expression; SNP arrays; arrays

Figure 1.

A leukemia cell line was treated with 12‐O (TPA) and harvested after 24 and 72 h. Total RNA was isolated and analyzed on HuGeneFL (Human full length) arrays (Affymetrix). The (a) 24‐h and (b) 72‐h data were compared with untreated control samples using Affymetrix software (Microarray Suite), and subsequently the data were coupled to the Gene Microarray Pathway Profiler (see Web Links section). The numbers to the right of the gene boxes indicate the absolute ‘’ (FC) compared with untreated controls. The color of the boxes is set after criteria defined by the individual scientist. In this case, the criteria are a combination of FC and the ‘difference calls’ reported by the Microarray Suite software: red: decreased; green: increased; yellow: no change or a change below ±2. P: phosphate.

Figure 2.

Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)‐based analysis of allelic imbalance in human bladder tumors, revealing areas on the p arm of chromosome 6 that are lost (or gained) in invasive tumors. Each number above the columns identifies a patient. In each pair of columns, the column to the left is the first superficial tumor (stage T1), the column to the right is the first muscle‐invasive tumor (stage T2) in a disease course. The columns indicate chromosome 6p, and each band is the location of an SNP assayed by the Affymetrix microarray.



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Web Links

Gene MicroArray Pathway Profiler (GenMAPP). Developed by the Conklin laboratory, Gladstone Institutes, University of California at San Francisco http://www.genmapp.org

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Orntoft, Torben F, and Kruhøffer, Mogens(Jan 2006) DNA Chips and Microarrays. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005675]