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Open Access Research article

Development and validation of a bovine macrophage specific cDNA microarray

Kirsty Jensen1*, Richard Talbot2, Edith Paxton1, David Waddington1 and Elizabeth J Glass1

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Genetics & Genomics, Roslin Institute, Roslin, Midlothian, Edinburgh, EH25 9PS, UK

2 ARK-Genomics Facility, Roslin Institute, Roslin, Midlothian, Edinburgh, EH25 9PS, UK

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BMC Genomics 2006, 7:224  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-7-224

Published: 1 September 2006



The response of macrophages to danger signals is an important early stage in the immune response. Our understanding of this complex event has been furthered by microarray analysis, which allows the simultaneous investigation of the expression of large numbers of genes. However, the microarray resources available to study these events in livestock animals are limited.


Here we report the development of a bovine macrophage specific (BoMP) cDNA microarray. The BoMP microarray contains 5026 sequence elements (printed in duplicate) and numerous controls. The majority of the clones incorporated on the microarray were derived from the BoMP cDNA library generated from bovine myeloid cells subjected to various stimuli, including over 900 sequences unique to the library. Additional clones representing immunologically important genes have been included on the BoMP microarray. The microarray was validated by investigating the response of bovine monocytes to stimulation with interferon-γ and lipopolysaccharide using amplified RNA. At 2 and 16 hours post stimulation 695 genes exhibited statistically significant differential expression, including; 26 sequences unique to the BoMP library, interleukin 6, prion protein and toll-like receptor 4.


A 5 K cDNA microarray has been successfully developed to investigate gene expression in bovine myeloid cells. The BoMP microarray is available from the ARK-Genomics Centre for Functional Genomics in Farm Animals, UK.