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(Goodman Lab)

Stock Solutions

3M NaOAc, pH 5.2 with HAc (MW=82)

6M Guanidine Hydrochloride in 0.1M NaOAc, pH 5.2 (MWGuHCl=95.54)

5.7M Cesium Chloride in 0.1M NaOAc, pH 5.2 (MWCsCl=168.37)


1. Brush embryos onto teflon pan with ddH2O and filter adults on nitex.

2. Rinse well with ddH2O to remove yeast.

3. Scoop into beaker.

4. Dechorionate with chlorox:ddH2O (60:40); swirl for 2-3'.

5. Pour onto nitex and wash thoroughly with ddH2O.

6. Allow embryos to settle 5-10' and aspirate off chorions.

7. Reapeat step 6 with clean ddH2O.

8. Pour dechorionated embryos onto nitex, wash with more ddH2O and dry briefly.

9. Weigh embryos (use max. 3g/prep).

10. Dounce by hand using the A pestle (1g embryos/10 ml GuHCl-NaOAc).

11. Spin 10' @ 10krpm in 30ml Corex tubes to remove cellular debris.

12. Harvest the supernatant and layer onto a 4ml CsCl cushion in polyallomer tubes (13ml) for the SW41 rotor. Cfg. 25krpm, 18h @ 18oC.

13. The RNA should appear as a gelatinous pellet at the bottom of the tube. Remove the upper 5-8ml CsCl-cell homogenate by aspiration or pipetting. Pour off the remaining supernatant and keep the tube inverted to avoid backwashing proteases on the RNA! Use a razor blade to cut away the upper half of the tube.

14. Carefully resuspend RNA in DEP-H2O (or TE+0.2% SDS) and NaOAc/EtOH ppt.

N.B. TLA 100.2 preps: layer 1.8ml GuHCl extract on a 0.3ml CsCl cushion; centrifuge 4h, 57 krpm @ 20oC.
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