Title

Forensic Discrimination of Vaginal Epithelia by DNA Methylation Analysis Through Pyrosequencing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2016

Department

Criminal Justice

Abstract

The accurate identification of body fluids from crime scenes can aid in the discrimination between criminal and innocent intent. This research aimed to determine if the levels of DNA methylation in the locus PFN3A could be used to discriminate vaginal epithelia from other body fluids. In this work we bisulfite-modified and amplified DNA samples from blood, saliva, semen, and vaginal epithelia using primers for PFN3A. Through pyrosequencing we were able to show that vaginal epithelia present distinct methylation levels when compared to other body fluids. Mixtures of different body fluids present methylation values that correlate with single-source body fluid samples and the primers for PFN3A are specific for primates. This report successfully demonstrated that the analysis of methylation in the PFN3A locus can be used for vaginal epithelia discrimination in forensic samples.

Publication Title

Electrophoresis

Volume

37

Issue

21

First Page

2751

Last Page

2758

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