Journal article

Validation of reference genes for gene expression analysis following experimental traumatic brain injury in a pediatric mouse model

Akram Zamani, Kim L Powell, Ashleigh May, Bridgette D Semple

Brain Research Bulletin | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the gold standard method in targeted analysis of messenger RNA (mRNA) levels in a tissue. To minimize methodological errors, a reference gene (or a combination of reference genes) is routinely used for normalization to account for technical variables such as RNA quality and sample size. While presumed to have stable expression, reference genes in the brain can change during normal development, as well as in response to injury, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study is the first to evaluate the stability of reference genes in a controlled cortical impact (CCI) model in the pediatric mouse brain, using two methods of qPCR normalization..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge funding support from Monash University (BDS and KLP), and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) (Project Grant and Career Development Fellowship to BDS).