NASBA Analysis

NASBA Analysis V1.0
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What is NASBA?

Nucleic acid sequence based amplification (NASBA) is a method in molecular biology which is used to amplify RNA sequences. NASBA was developed by J Compton in 1991, who defined it as "a primer-dependent technology that can be used for the continuous amplification of nucleic acids in a single mixture at one temperature." Immediately after the invention of NASBA it was used for the rapid diagnosis and quantification of HIV-1 in patient sera. Although RNA can also be amplified by PCR using a reverse transcriptase (in order to synthesize a complementary DNA strand as a template), NASBA's main advantage is that it works at isothermic conditions - usually at a constant temperature of 41°C. NASBA has been introduced into medical diagnostics, where it has been shown to give quicker results than PCR, and it can also be more sensitive. [Source:]


Detailed reaction overview:


Who uses NASBA?


Who makes instrumentation for NASBA?

  • Bioplex Technologies Inc. makes the SE300 Portable Bioreaction Monitoring System that can react a single sample with two concurrent reactions [Source:]
  • bioMérieux makes the NucliSENS EasyQ benchtop automated system for automated lab testing of several samples at once [Source:]
  • Any other temperature regulated flurometer can be used for detecting a NASBA reaction, given that the excitation and detection wavelengths of the beacons are matched to the optics.


Why do I need the NASBA Analysis software?

Although the NASBA reaction is wonderfully adept at qualifying the presence of the target genetic sequence with a simple yes/no threshold, quantifying the data is a little trickier. The Time-To-Positivity (TTP) method is used to determine the initial concentration in the sample, which requires advanced processing techniques to achieve R² > 0.9 models. We offer:

  • an advanced data parser that can interpret data from almost any comma-separated value (CSV) format
  • advanced digital filtering techniques for your data that removes noise without lowering or delaying the overall system response
  • data point interpolation to remove sample-time jitter and estimate missing sample points
  • negative sample calibration to remove system drift and sample kinetic effects
  • different TTP search algorithms for varying assay setups
  • automated sample calibration and system modeling to help you tune the parameters
  • automated data flow once your desired settings are saved; get an estimated concentration just by loading a new data file
  • friendly CSV export of the data for archiving, further processing, or plotting in another program


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