RNA Extraction using Trizol - How much Trizol should I use for rat brain tissue (Jan/21/2005 )
I am wanting to get the best quality and quantity of RNA possible. I have a Trizol protocol that states to use about 10 ul Trizol / 1 mg of tissue, and I am wondering if this holds true for brain tissue or if this is a rule of thumb for peripheral tissue. The tissue sample I have is smaller than 1 mg (it's just a punch of the rat brain). A girl in my lab has extracted RNA from the same type of brain tissue and used 250 ul Trizol for the same small amount of tissue (obviously disreguarding the 10ul/1mg). She successfully extracted RNA but it wasn't very high quality and quantity. I am sure there are many reasons for her results, but I am just brainstorming the optimal Trizol amount currently. So my question is...how much Trizol should I use for rat brain tissue? If anyone can give me a little guidance I would appreciate it!
just stick to the manufacturers protocol (trizol) it shud work fine. good luk
With Trizol, I believe that the more quantity of the reagent you use, the better the results you get. I work with small tissue samples and always use 1 ml Trizol. Don't forget you need to add a carrier such as glycogen in the isopropyl precipitation step.
Thanks for the help! One more thing...glycogen isn't in my protocol. How much glycogen should I use in the isopropyl precipitation step...and what does it do exactly?
Glycogen is a carrier for the precipitation of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA). It is not a must for RNA extraction with trizol. I've never used trizol but used a similar reagent called TriReagent. I found it unnecessary using glycogen with Trireagent.
You can use 20 ug per sample. That amount will allow you to precipitate pg-amount of RNA from a volume of 1 ml.
Yeah, you don't need to add glycogen if your sample is big enough, but I found that glycogen is necessary when working with small samples of tissue or cells. It increases a lot the quantity of RNA you can extract. I usually work with as few as 15000 cells and I got enough RNA to measure OD, run in an gel and do RT. I would certainly add glycogen for a sample of 1 mg tissue.