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Title: Correlation of Leukocyte Telomere Length Measurement Methods in Patients with Dyskeratosis Congenita and in Their Unaffected Relatives.
Authors: Khincha PP,  Dagnall CL,  Hicks B,  Jones K,  Aviv A,  Kimura M,  Katki H,  Aubert G,  Giri N,  Alter BP,  Savage SA,  Gadalla SM
Journal: Int J Mol Sci
Date: 2017 Aug 13
Branches: BB, CGB, CGR
PubMed ID: 28805708
PMC ID: PMC5578154
Abstract: Several methods have been employed to measure telomere length (TL) in human studies. It has been difficult to directly compare the results from these studies because of differences in the laboratory techniques and output parameters. We compared TL measurements (TLMs) by the three most commonly used methods, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), flow cytometry with fluorescence in situ hybridization (flow FISH) and Southern blot, in a cohort of patients with the telomere biology disorder dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and in their unaffected relatives (controls). We observed a strong correlation between the Southern blot average TL and the flow FISH total lymphocyte TL in both the DC patients and their unaffected relatives (R² of 0.68 and 0.73, respectively). The correlation between the qPCR average TL and that of the Southern blot method was modest (R² of 0.54 in DC patients and of 0.43 in unaffected relatives). Similar results were noted when comparing the qPCR average TL and the flow FISH total lymphocyte TL (R² of 0.49 in DC patients and of 0.42 in unaffected relatives). In conclusion, the strengths of the correlations between the three widely used TL assays (qPCR, flow FISH, and Southern blot) were significantly different. Careful consideration is warranted when selecting the method of TL measurement for research and for clinical studies.