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PolyA tail essential? - (Oct/27/2012 )


I'm trying to over-express a protein in zebrafish and I have them in a vector that doesn't have a polyA signal. I will eventually clone it into a vector that has a signal, but I want to just see whether the expression of the protein is correct first. I was going to do an RNA run off and inject into the zebrafish. Will the lack of polyA signal affect the expression of protein?


Possibly, but not all mRNAs have a poly A tail, so it may be OK.


Thanks for the reply. I'm going to do in vitro transcription using T7/T3 RNA polymerase and the kit I have only adds the 5' cap. Am I right to assume that I'll need a specific kit to add a polyA tail to the end of the RNA transcript?


Usually, yes. I know we have bought a poly(a) polymerase from NEB that works quite well. I think by adenylating your transcript you will see an increase in protein expression. Let us know how it goes.