The QIAsure Methylation Test is intended to be used as a triage test for women with a positive HPV DNA test or for women with ASC-US cytology to identify those women who need to be referred for colposcopy.
The QIAsure Methylation Test is a multiplex real-time methylation specific PCR-based (qMSP) assay that detects hyper methylation of 2 disease related marker genes, FAM19A4 and mir124-2, to distinguish women with cervical (pre)cancer. The test specifically detects women with a cancer-like methylation profile, which are indicative for the women who have a short-term high risk for progression to cervical cancer.
The QIAsure Methylation test is a rebrand of the Precursor-M+.
After having identified women at risk by a positive HPV test, the majority of these women (~80-90%) will clear the HPV infection by their immune system and thus not develop cervical (pre)cancer. However, the smaller group of HPV positive women, who develop (pre)cancerous lesions need to be filtered out – this is called triage – by a test that identifies the women with a progressive lesion profile developing into (pre) cancer.
Therefore methylation marker based assays are an promising resolution while they comply with all of the above
Therefore a fully molecular test workflow is highly advantageous
A QIAsure triage solution improves clinical output while decreasing costs
Clinical Performance QIAsure on Rotor-Gene Q
|Clinical sensitivity cancer||98.3%|
|Clinical sensitivity CIN3+||78.6%|
|Clinical specificity CIN3+||76.8%|
|Reproducibility||• Overall agreement: 90%
• Kappa value: 0.76
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