A Novel Approach to High-Quality Postmortem Tissue Procurement: The GTEx Project

Latarsha J. Carithers, Kristin Ardlie, Mary Barcus, Philip A. Branton, Angela Britton, Stephen A. Buia, Carolyn C. Compton, David S. Deluca, Joanne Peter-Demchok, Ellen T. Gelfand, Ping Guan, Greg E. Korzeniewski, Nicole C. Lockhart, Chana A. Rabiner, Abhi K. Rao, Karna L. Robinson, Nancy V. Roche, Sherilyn J. Sawyer, Ayellet V. Segrè, Charles E. ShiveAnna M. Smith, Leslie H. Sobin, Anita H. Undale, Kimberly M. Valentino, Jim Vaught, Taylor R. Young, Helen M. Moore, Laura Barker, Margaret Basile, Alexis Battle, Joy Boyer, Debra Bradbury, Jason P. Bridge, Amanda Brown, Robin Burges, Christopher Choi, Deborah Colantuoni, Nancy Cox, Emmanouil T. Dermitzakis, Leslie K. Derr, Michael J. Dinsmore, Kenyon Erickson, Johnelle Fleming, Timothée Flutre, Barbara A. Foster, Eric R. Gamazon, Gad Getz, Bryan M. Gillard, Roderic Guigó, Kenneth W. Hambright, Pushpa Hariharan, Rick Hasz, Hae K. Im, Scott Jewell, Ellen Karasik, Manolis Kellis, Pouya Kheradpour, Susan Koester, Daphne Koller, Anuar Konkashbaev, Tuuli Lappalainen, Roger Little, Jun Liu, Edmund Lo, John T. Lonsdale, Chunrong Lu, Daniel G. MacArthur, Harold Magazine, Julian B. Maller, Yvonne Marcus, Deborah C. Mash, Mark I. McCarthy, Jeffrey McLean, Bernadette Mestichelli, Mark Miklos, Jean Monlong, Magboeba Mosavel, Michael T. Moser, Sara Mostafavi, Dan L. Nicolae, Jonathan Pritchard, Liqun Qi, Kimberly Ramsey, Manuel A. Rivas, Barnaby E. Robles, Daniel C. Rohrer, Mike Salvatore, Michael Sammeth, John Seleski, Saboor Shad, Laura A. Siminoff, Matthew Stephens, Jeff Struewing, Timothy Sullivan, Susan Sullivan, John Syron, David Tabor, Mehran Taherian, Jorge Tejada, Gary F. Temple

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2015. The Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project, sponsored by the NIH Common Fund, was established to study the correlation between human genetic variation and tissue-specific gene expression in non-diseased individuals. A significant challenge was the collection of high-quality biospecimens for extensive genomic analyses. Here we describe how a successful infrastructure for biospecimen procurement was developed and implemented by multiple research partners to support the prospective collection, annotation, and distribution of blood, tissues, and cell lines for the GTEx project. Other research projects can follow this model and form beneficial partnerships with rapid autopsy and organ procurement organizations to collect high quality biospecimens and associated clinical data for genomic studies. Biospecimens, clinical and genomic data, and Standard Operating Procedures guiding biospecimen collection for the GTEx project are available to the research community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
JournalBiopreservation and Biobanking
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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