This Information Applies To: Agilent AriaMx real-time PCR system, AriaMx analysis software
A Copy Number Variation (CNV) experiment is a type of Comparative Quantitation experiment where expected differences are small. Often with fold changes of 0.5 (for one copy loss) to two (for two copy gain). Probe-based assays are more suitable since they are more specific but the assays need to be developed/tested for detecting such small differences.
Steps to Follow
If a CNV experiment is run on the AriaMx, and the plate setup is correct, the AriaMx software will automatically analyze the data.
For a CNV experiment the following must be defined (Figure 1):
Like other comparative quantitation experiments, CNV assays can be done with or without standard curves. If the plate setup is complete with calibrator sample and normalizer assay but without standards, the AriaMx software will automatically calculate the fold difference by applying the ΔΔCq method. The ΔΔCq method assumes 100% efficiencies for both assays (target-of-interest assay and normalizer assay).
To calculate the copy number (CN) for the unknown sample:
If desired, standard curves can be run for the target-of-interest and normalizer assays, or reaction efficiencies can be determined separately. The standard curve or reaction efficiencies can then be used for a fold-change calculation that considers the amplification efficiencies (Pfaffl). To switch between analysis methods, click inside the Relative Quantity graph within the Graphical Displays tab. Then select either ΔΔCq (with 100 % reaction efficiencies assumed) or Pfaffl (for empirically determined reaction efficiencies) (Figure 3).
For an example of how comparative quantitation data looks on the AriaMx, open the demo data for comparative quantitation (multiplex) that can be found saved at this location: C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Agilent Aria\Sample Experiments.
Learn how to effectively operate your Agilent AriaMx real-time PCR system:
AriaMx Real-Time PCR System Setup and User Guide on Agilent.com
Aria Real-Time PCR Software User Manual on Agilent.com
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