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Multiplexed reverse-transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain response utilizing plasmonic nanoparticles for point-of-care COVID-19 analysis


Design of instrument for plasmonic thermocycling

The built-in setup consisted of each plasmonic thermocycling and multispectral fluorometry, each of which may function on the identical response vessel with no transferring parts or steps. The plasmonic thermocycling prototype was developed with the next capabilities: (1) constant heating by way of AuNRs, (2) real-time fluorescence detection and (3) compatibility with a easy pattern cartridge. Briefly, a hexagonal three-dimensional printed hub was designed to include all of the optical parts concentrically surrounding the PCR tube. Three IR LEDs, organized in a hexagon-like method, have been aimed on the PCR tube. Every LED was positioned beneath a lens and on high of a custom-machined warmth sink and fan to forestall overheating. A further 12 V fan was positioned close to the PCR tube and used to chill the pattern. An airflow chamber was reduce out of the underside of the three-dimensional printed hub to make sure airflow over the PCR tube. The fluorometer parts (Fig. 1c, laser and spectrometer setup) have been positioned within the remaining sides of the hub and related to an Arduino Mega board. The fluorometer was designed to comprise a 488 nm laser diode because the excitation supply, with gentle passing by means of a collimating lens and bandpass filter earlier than coming into the PCR tube. The sunshine emitted by the response fluid is handed by means of a sequence of filters (excitation blocking, IR blocking and longpass filtering) and a condensing lens and is then collected right into a 600-μm-diameter optical fibre, and measured by a spectrometer (Ibsen). An annotated picture of the prototype (Prolonged Information Fig. 1) additional demonstrates the hexagonal positioning of the parts, and a wiring diagram (Prolonged Information Fig. 2) particulars the digital connections used.

Response circumstances

Functionalized silica-coated AuNRs have been bought from Nanopartz. AuNRs had a floor plasmon resonance peak of ~850 nm (slight variation between batches) and a facet ratio of ~4.5 nm. A ten nm silica coating was used to forestall the adsorption of proteins in the course of the PCR response. Except in any other case famous, the response circumstances have been as follows. PCR reactions consisted of the next: 10 µl 2X PrimeScript III from Takara (Cat. RR600A), AuNRs (Nanopartz, last OD of two), 500 nM ahead and reverse primers (Built-in DNA Applied sciences), and 125 nM probes (Built-in DNA Applied sciences). Much like the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s RT-PCR take a look at, we used the N1 and N2 primers and probes to focus on the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid gene, and the RP primers and probes to focus on a human ribosomal protein (Rp) gene (Supplementary Desk 3). Some reactions used another nucleocapsid gene (designated ‘N-gene’) (Supplementary Desk 3). The targets have been detected utilizing a mix of FAM, SUN, HEX and ROX fluorophores. For all of the reactions on the prototypes, evaporation was prevented with Chill-out liquid wax (Bio-Rad) or mineral oil, until in any other case famous.

Except in any other case famous, for the plasmonic instrument, thermocycling circumstances have been as follows: reverse transcription for two–5 min at 45–50 °C, adopted by preliminary denaturation for 10–20 s at 95 °C. Subsequent, the response cycled 40–45 occasions between a low temperature (58–60 °C) held for 0–8 s and a excessive temperature (91–97 °C) held for 0–1 s.

Preliminary testing of amplification utilizing plasmonic RT-PCR

For experiments with RNA (Fig. 2), spiked RNA (BEI, Cat. NR-52285) in 1X TE buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl and 1 mM EDTA, Built-in DNA Applied sciences) was used to carry the response quantity as much as 20 µl. The NTCs have been examined with the identical combine and circumstances however with none SARS-CoV-2 RNA template, which was as a substitute changed with TE buffer solely. Constructive and unfavorable controls have been additionally run on a QuantStudio 6 Professional system. The prototype temperature was managed utilizing a Okay-type thermocouple for closed-loop thermal biking circumstances (Fig. 2a,b). A Python script recognized the occasions and temperatures at which the utmost and minimal temperatures have been reached after which the common heating and cooling charges have been calculated for every cycle. Fluorescence measurements have been made on a BioTek plate reader by aliquoting the 20 µl post-PCR response to a 384-well plate, and the emission information have been collected for 5-FAM, SUN and ROX dyes (measuring the amplification of SARS-CoV-2 N1, SARS-CoV-2 N2 and human RP, respectively). The LoD threshold was decided by operating three NTCs and taking the imply uncooked fluorescence plus ten occasions the usual deviation (Fig. second, dotted line). All of the concentrations have been run in triplicate, besides 2,960 copies per millilitre (which had six replicates). Uncooked fluorescence for every focus was in contrast with the NTC worth by way of one-way ANOVA adopted by Sidak’s a number of comparisons take a look at.

For the experiments in Fig. 3a,b, a last focus of OD of 18 was used for the nanoparticles. A ten µl PCR response with TaqPath ProAmp Grasp Combine, CG, from Thermo Fisher Scientific (Cat. A30865) was used with 500 nM ahead and reverse primers (Built-in DNA Applied sciences) and 125 nM probes (Built-in DNA Applied sciences). A complementary DNA pattern was thermocycled on the QuantStudio system for 20 s at 95 °C adopted by 40 cycles between 95 °C (1 s) and 60 °C (2 s). After the cycles, there was a 30 s maintain at 60 °C. The Ct values have been decided by the QuantStudio desktop evaluation software program.

For the experiments in Fig. 3c–e, spiked inactivated virus (BEI, Cat. NR-52286) in 1:1 combination of donor saliva (Progressive Analysis, Cat. IRHUSLS5ML) and 1X TE buffer was used to carry the response quantity as much as 20 µl. The temperature was managed with a thermocouple for closed-loop biking parameters. Fluorescence measurements on the prototype have been made as follows: uncooked fluorescence spectra have been collected by the spectrometer on the finish of the annealing/extension step throughout every cycle. These spectra have been analysed utilizing least squares regression, based mostly on very best peaks experimentally decided by measuring the fluorescence spectra for amplicons containing the PCR product from a single fluorophore. Subsequent, every part sign was plotted in opposition to the cycle quantity. For Fig. 3e, the fluorescence for every fluorophore was normalized by its most worth in that run.

For Prolonged Information Fig. 3, a ten µl PCR response with Reliance One-Step Multiplex RT-qPCR Supermix from Bio-Rad (Cat. 12010176) and nanoparticles with a last focus of OD of 18 was used. N1 was detected with FAM and RP was detected with HEX. The ultimate primer focus was 400 nM and the ultimate probe focus was 100 nM. Plasmonic thermal biking circumstances consisted of 1 min at 45 °C and 20 s at 95 °C, adopted by 40 cycles between 54 °C (20 s) and 95 °C (0 s), as managed by an IR pyrometer. Evaporation was prevented with 75 µl of Chill-out PCR wax. Saliva specimens have been obtained from Mirimus Basis and SUNY Downstate from sufferers suspected of being contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 and saved at 4 °C on receipt. The samples have been warmth inactivated for five min at 95 °C earlier than receipt. The samples have been diluted at 1:1 in 1X TE buffer and added to the PCR response combine to achieve 10 µl. Fluorescence was measured after amplification on a BioTek plate reader.

Characterization of heating and fluorescence quenching by AuNRs

For the AuNR heating-rate characterization (Fig. 3f), dilutions have been ready in 1X TE buffer with AuNR concentrations starting from OD of 0.5 to eight.0. 5 samples of every focus have been thermocycled between 60 and 95 °C eight occasions (no holds) by a closed-loop LabVIEW program. A Python script recognized the occasions and temperatures at which the utmost and minimal temperatures have been reached after which the common heating and cooling charges have been calculated for every cycle. The outcomes are reported as the common of 40 measurements per focus.

For the quenching characterization (Fig. 3g), dilutions have been ready in 1X TE buffer with AuNR concentrations starting from OD of 0 to 32. An oligo with FAM connected was used as a fluorophore. For every focus of AuNR, the focus of FAM oligo was stored fixed at 1.43 μM. All of the values are normalized to the common fluorescence measurements of the samples with OD of 0 (the brightest pattern). For every focus, three samples have been measured thrice every, and the info are reported as 9 replicates. The optical LoD was calculated as the common plus ten occasions the usual deviation of inventory AuNR (OD of 94).

Analysis of efficiency of plasmonic PCR

For Fig. 4a–c,e, spiked inactivated virus (BEI, Cat. NR-52286) in 1:1 combination of donor saliva (Progressive Analysis, Cat. IRHUSLS5ML) and 1X TE buffer was used to carry the response quantity as much as 20 µl. The NTCs have been examined with the identical combine and circumstances however with none template (inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus). Buffer NTCs point out using a TE buffer solely, and saliva NTCs point out using donor saliva blended in 1:1 with the TE buffer as described under. Constructive and unfavorable controls have been additionally run on a QuantStudio 6 Professional system. Thermocycling circumstances have been initially calibrated in LabVIEW utilizing closed-loop management, and the output was transformed to an open-loop format for testing. The samples have been thought of optimistic on the prototype if each N1 and RP have been detected (Ct < 46). As generally completed for diagnostic assessments, samples for which human RP didn’t amplify have been thought of indeterminate42. Onboard fluorescence measurements on the prototype have been made as beforehand described. For Fig. 4b, N1 fluorescence was smoothed and normalized. The baseline was individually chosen for every run to account for fluorometer noise. The fluorescence threshold worth was calculated because the imply plus ten occasions the usual deviation of the baseline. The Ct worth was calculated to be the interpolated cycle at which the fluorescence sign crossed the calculated threshold worth. Any Ct worth lower than the variety of cycles was interpreted as optimistic.

For Fig. 4d, spiked inactivated virus (BEI, Cat. NR-52286) in 1:1 combination of donor saliva (Progressive Analysis, Cat. IRHUSLS5ML) and 1X TE buffer was used to carry the response quantity as much as 20 µl. The NTCs have been examined with the identical combine and circumstances however with none template (inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus). Saliva NTCs point out using donor saliva blended in 1:1 with the TE buffer as described above. Constructive and unfavorable controls have been additionally run on a QuantStudio 6 Professional system. Thermocycling circumstances have been initially calibrated in LabVIEW utilizing closed-loop management, and the output was transformed to an open-loop format for testing. Onboard fluorescence measurements on the prototype have been made as described above. The baseline was preselected to be cycles 0–20. The fluorescence threshold worth was calculated because the imply plus ten occasions the usual deviation of the baseline. The Ct worth was calculated to be the interpolated cycle at which the fluorescence sign crossed the calculated threshold worth. Any Ct worth lower than the variety of cycles was interpreted as optimistic. The samples have been thought of optimistic if N1 or N2 was detected (no matter RP detection). The LoD was decided because the lowest focus ensuing within the optimistic detection of not less than three out of three samples, based mostly on US FDA tips43 and established normal of many merchandise acquiring emergency use authorization.

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from human medical saliva samples

For Fig. 4f–h, the PCR reactions have been much like these usually described above. Deidentified medical specimens have been obtained beneath a protocol accredited by the Columbia College Medical Heart Institutional Evaluation Board (AAAT0100). Saliva specimens have been obtained from Mirimus Basis and SUNY Downstate from sufferers suspected of being contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 and saved at 4 °C on receipt. The samples weren’t warmth inactivated. The samples have been diluted at 1:1 in 1X TE buffer and added to the PCR response combine (as described above) to achieve 20 µl.

Though all of the medical testing occurred inside two weeks of receiving the samples, in gentle of attainable pattern degradation throughout transportation and storage, we reconfirmed the standing of the specimens by operating them in duplicates on laboratory-based qPCR utilizing a Thermo Fisher QuantStudio 6 Professional instrument, which acted as our laboratory-based PCR reference (in line with earlier research utilizing established RT-qPCR strategies to measure SARS-CoV-2 RNA from human saliva specimens44,45). Constructive and unfavorable response controls have been included on each QuantStudio plate: templates for optimistic management reactions contained 4,425 copies per millilitre of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus from nCoV 2019-nCoV/USA-WA1/2020 (BEI, Cat. NR-52286) in 7.9 µl of a single human donor saliva from Progressive Analysis (Cat. IRHUSLS5ML) blended in 1:1 with 1X TE buffer from Built-in DNA Applied sciences (Cat. 11–01–02–02), saliva unfavorable response controls contained solely saliva and TE buffer, and buffer unfavorable response controls solely contained the buffer. Reactions have been run on a QuantStudio 6 Professional real-time PCR system (Utilized Biosystems) utilizing a thermal biking program for two min at 50 °C, 1 min at 95 °C, and 40 cycles of two s at 60 °C and 1 s at 95 °C. The Ct values have been decided utilizing the QuantStudio desktop evaluation software program. A pattern was thought of optimistic if N1 was detected, unfavorable if N1 was not detected and RP was detected, and indeterminate if neither N1 nor RP was detected (Supplementary Desk 4). Indeterminate samples have been excluded from the evaluation. Solely samples for which each duplicate wells have been accurately amplified (positives) or didn’t amplify (negatives) in QuantStudio (for laboratory-based PCR) have been thought of viable.

For the plasmonic instrument, thermocycling circumstances have been initially calibrated in LabVIEW utilizing closed-loop management, and the output was transformed to an open-loop format for testing. Fluorescence alerts have been collected and deconvolved as described above. The baseline was preselected to be cycles 8–18 however was modified for 2 samples to account for fluorescence noise. The fluorescence threshold worth was calculated because the imply plus ten occasions the usual deviation of the baseline. The Ct worth was calculated to be the interpolated cycle at which the fluorescence sign crossed the calculated threshold worth. Any Ct worth lower than the variety of cycles was interpreted as optimistic. The samples on the prototype have been thought of optimistic if N1 was detected (Ct < 46) no matter RP detection, unfavorable if N1 was undetected and RP was detected, and indeterminate if each targets have been undetected. All of the medical samples have been examined as soon as if optimistic or unfavorable, and twice if indeterminate. If an indeterminate pattern examined both optimistic or unfavorable on repeating the run, that end result was used (presumably on account of variability of affected person saliva and/or a possibility to discover extra lysis reagents within the buffer, the setup initially produced 14 indeterminate outcomes through which human Rp gene was not initially detected; though re-running the specimen produced viable outcomes for 9 samples to go away the entire variety of indeterminate outcomes to 5, we’re working to refine the pattern assortment and preprocessing protocol to reduce the variety of indeterminates). For all of the viable samples, our outcomes have been totally concordant with the reference outcomes from Mirimus Basis for which the TaqPath equipment (emergency use authorization by the US FDA) was used.

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in human medical nasal samples

For Fig. 4i–n, deidentified medical specimens have been obtained frozen from the PATH Washington COVID-19 Biorepository (PATH, Seattle, USA), hereafter the Biorepository, and saved at 4 °C after thawing. The samples examined in Fig. 4i–n underwent a 1 min warmth lysis step at 95 °C earlier than testing. A 7.7 µl aliquot of undiluted medical pattern was added to every 20 µl PCR response. In gentle of attainable pattern degradation throughout transportation and storage, we confirmed the standing of the specimens by operating them in triplicates on laboratory-based qPCR utilizing a Thermo Fisher QuantStudio 6 Professional instrument, which acted as our laboratory-based PCR reference. QuantStudio reactions used a thermal biking program of 5 min at 50 °C, 10 s at 95 °C, and 40 cycles of 8 s at 60 °C and 1 s at 95 °C. Constructive and unfavorable response controls have been included on each QuantStudio plate: templates for optimistic management reactions contained <5,000 copies per millilitre of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus from nCoV 2019-nCoV/USA-WA1/2020 (BEI, Cat. NR-52286) in 7.7 µl of 1X TE buffer from Built-in DNA Applied sciences (Cat. 11-01-02-02), and buffer unfavorable response controls contained solely buffer and Grasp Combine. The Ct values have been decided utilizing the QuantStudio desktop evaluation software program. Solely samples for which all of the three triplicate wells have been accurately recognized for each N1 and N-gene as optimistic or unfavorable by QuantStudio have been thought of viable.

For the plasmonic instrument, the temperatures have been managed utilizing closed-loop sensing with a wire thermocouple, and thermal biking circumstances have been programmed in LabVIEW. The Ct values have been referred to as utilizing a {custom} Python script, which recognized the fractional cycle at which the second by-product of the fluorescence sign was at its most, a way that has been beforehand validated46. Any Ct worth lower than the variety of cycles was interpreted as optimistic. A pattern was thought of optimistic if N1 or N-gene was detected (no matter RP detection); unfavorable if neither N1 nor N-gene was detected and RP was detected; and indeterminate if N1, N-gene and RP weren’t detected (Supplementary Desk 5). The samples have been examined as soon as if optimistic or unfavorable, and twice if indeterminate. If an indeterminate pattern examined both optimistic or unfavorable on repeating the run, that end result was used. If a pattern examined indeterminate a second time on repeating the run, it was excluded from the evaluation. Solely three samples had indeterminate outcomes. Re-running the samples produced viable outcomes for one of many specimens, leaving the ultimate variety of indeterminate samples at two. All of the viable samples have been concordant with illness standing reported from the Biorepository.

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in diluted human medical nasal samples

For a subset of samples (Fig. 4o and Prolonged Information Fig. 4b–e), the QuantStudio Ct worth was used to estimate the viral load based mostly on a spiked-virus normal curve. These medical samples have been then diluted in TE buffer to the specified estimated focus and examined on the plasmonic instrument thrice per dilution.

Deidentified medical specimens have been obtained frozen from the Biorepository and saved at 4 °C after thawing. The samples examined in Fig. 4o and Prolonged Information Fig. 4b–e underwent a 1 min warmth lysis step at 95 °C earlier than testing. A 7.5 µl aliquot of undiluted, lysed medical pattern was added to a 20 µl PCR response. We first examined the specimens in triplicate on laboratory-based qPCR utilizing a Thermo Fisher QuantStudio 6 Professional instrument. The medical samples have been concurrently run on QuantStudio with a full normal curve, which ranged from 1.8 million copies per millilitre to <5,000 copies per millilitre of heat-inactivated SARS-CoV-2 USA/CA_CDC_5574/2020 (BEI, Cat. NR-55245) spiked into 1X TE buffer. The Ct values have been decided utilizing the QuantStudio desktop evaluation software program.

To find out the viral load of the medical samples, we first used the spiked-virus serial dilution to correlate the QuantStudio Ct worth with the focus of the spiked virus. A log-plot of the QuantStudio Ct values versus focus of spiked virus was generated in GraphPad Prism and a linear regression equation was match to the info (Prolonged Information Fig. 4a). The Ct values from the medical samples have been then translated into estimated viral concentrations based mostly on the regression equation (Fig. 4o and Prolonged Information Figs. 4 and 5). Concentrations for diluted samples (Fig. 4o and Prolonged Information Fig. 4b–e) have been calculated based mostly on the estimated raw-sample viral concentrations.

From the estimated clinical-sample viral concentrations, we sought to find out whether or not our machine may detect right down to the identical LoD of virus in medical samples as we had beforehand proven with the spiked virus. To do that, we examined the serial dilutions of medical samples on our plasmonic instrument. The temperatures have been managed utilizing closed-loop sensing with a wire thermocouple, and thermal biking circumstances have been programmed in LabVIEW. To quantify the amplification, the fluorescence threshold was calculated because the imply plus ten occasions the usual deviation of the common of the baseline, which was predetermined to be cycles 11–23. The Ct worth was calculated to be the interpolated cycle at which the fluorescence sign crossed the calculated threshold worth. Any Ct worth lower than the variety of cycles was interpreted as optimistic. A pattern was thought of optimistic if N1 or N2 was detected (no matter RP detection); unfavorable if neither N1 nor N2 was detected and RP was detected; and indeterminate if N1, N2 and RP weren’t detected (Supplementary Desk 5). Indeterminate runs have been excluded from the evaluation.

The clinical-sample serial dilutions have been used to create a plasmonic-instrument normal curve (Fig. 4o and Prolonged Information Fig. 4c–e) with a regression equation match to the info in GraphPad Prism.

Specificity testing with viruses carefully associated to SARS-CoV-2

To guage whether or not our assay may distinguish between SARS-CoV-2 and carefully associated viruses, we examined greater concentrations of MERS coronavirus (BEI, Cat. NR-50171) and human coronavirus NL63 (BEI, Cat. NR-53530) (Fig. 4q).

Warmth-inactivated virus (MERS or NL63) was diluted to roughly 1,875,000 copies per millilitre in TE buffer. Then, 7.5 µl of the diluted virus was added to every 20 µl PCR response. Every response additionally had spiked complete RNA management (Human) (Thermo Fisher, Cat. 4307281) at a focus of 0.1875 ng µl–1 for RP detection as a sample-processing management. The samples have been examined on the plasmonic instrument utilizing closed-loop sensing with a wire thermocouple, and thermal biking circumstances have been programmed in LabVIEW. To quantify the amplification, the fluorescence threshold was calculated because the imply plus ten occasions the usual deviation of the baseline (cycles 11–23). The Ct worth was calculated to be the interpolated cycle at which the fluorescence sign crossed the calculated threshold worth. Any Ct worth lower than the variety of cycles was interpreted as optimistic. A pattern was thought of optimistic if N1 or N2 was detected (no matter RP detection); unfavorable if neither N1 nor N2 was detected and RP was detected; and indeterminate if N1, N2 and RP weren’t detected (Supplementary Desk 5). Indeterminate runs have been excluded from the evaluation.

Pattern cartridge for sample-to-result workflow

We designed a pattern cartridge that was easy to make use of and measured out a preset amount (10 µl) of the specimen into the PCR tube (Fig. 5). This design encompasses a twist cap to aspirate a delegated quantity of the answer, and a push-to-dispense characteristic to eject ~10 µl fluid into the response combine with out permitting for potential pattern publicity to the operator (Fig. 5a). First, the consumer collects roughly 500 µl of saliva right into a tube prefilled with 500 µl of 1X TE buffer to attain 1:1 dilution (~1 min) (dilution of specimen with plain buffer adopted by the direct amplification of crude lysate, with no separate step for RNA extraction, has been proven to beforehand work for nasopharyngeal swabs25; future work on using alternate single-step buffers that may lyse host cells in saliva specimens is required to enhance the outcomes). Second, a custom-designed pattern cartridge is used to measure 10 µl of the specimen right into a PCR tube containing Grasp Combine (primers, nucleotides, enzymes and AuNRs, as described above) (20 s) (Fig. 5b and Supplementary Video 1). We used a one-step RT-PCR combine (described above) for a single response. Third, the consumer inserts the PCR tube into the response module, removes the response module holder, inserts the cartridge into the machine and begins thermocycling. The cartridge itself sits passively and performs no different function as soon as inserted; it’s eliminated on the finish of the take a look at. As in laboratory-based real-time PCR, the measurements are taken after every cycle, and multispectral fluorescence is computed over the period of 45 cycles. A take a look at result’s decided by evaluating the Ct values to beforehand outlined thresholds. Together with pattern preparation steps, our workflow from pattern assortment to check end result consists of three steps from a consumer and takes place in 22–23 min (Fig. 5c).

For Fig. 5e, Grasp Combine, AuNR and medical samples have been the identical, as described above (Fig. 4f–h). The thermocycling circumstances have been initially calibrated in LabVIEW utilizing closed-loop management, and the output was transformed to an open-loop format for testing. The fluorescence assortment and Ct worth interpretation have been the identical as described for Fig. 4f–h, besides that the baseline was preselected to be cycles 5–25 for all of the samples. The samples that have been indeterminate weren’t retested on account of a restricted variety of cartridges.

Total, the price of items for a take a look at equipment, which included the supplies and reagents within the pattern cartridge and PCR tube, was lower than US $10 at scale.

Statistics

All of the statistics, together with one-way ANOVA adopted by Sidak’s a number of comparability assessments and one-way ANOVA adopted by Tukey’s a number of comparability assessments, have been carried out utilizing GraphPad Prism 9 software program.

Knowledgeable consent

The PATH Washington COVID-19 Biorepository (PATH, Seattle, USA) is a specimen biorepository that was constructed by adhering to a governance plan with oversight and approval from PATH Authorized Providers and the PATH Workplace of Regulatory Affairs to make sure moral compliance. The nasal eluate samples obtained from the Biorepository have been deidentified medical discard specimens acquired from CLIA registered laboratories that have been testing for SARS-CoV-2 utilizing US FDA EUA RT-PCR assays. The medical saliva samples have been deidentified medical discard specimens obtained from the Mirimus Basis with affected person consent. Each sources of samples have been examined in adherence to US FDA tips.

Reporting abstract

Additional data on analysis design is accessible within the Nature Analysis Reporting Abstract linked to this text.

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