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DNase digestion and RNA degradation


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#1 kueffer

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 10:55 AM

Hi,

I want to describe a probleme we always run into with RNA from animal and human tissue.
We use and tested different methods of RNA isolation from tissues. The Qiagen columns work well and the on column DNase digest helps to eliminate DNA cotamination, but....
We are not always able to use the columns and have to isolate the RNA different with Trizol or GTC.
The RNA has a good quality and the amounts are reasonable. But DNA contamination is detected by RT-PCR.
We tried several DNase digestions after RNA isolation and that results in a big loss of the amount and degradation of RNA.
That ocours in about 80% of all samples.
Does anybody recocnize the same problems and has anyone a solution?

#2 DointheScience

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Posted 08 January 2005 - 01:32 PM

:) If you read what GeneHunter Inc. claims, everyone's DNase is contaminated with RNase except theirs. This is, in their assessment, a major cause of RNA degradation. You could try some of theirs, but I think they're full of crap.

When isolating from tissue you are more likely to have residual RNase contamination from the tissue. You could do multiple extractions to remove as much residual protein (including possible RNAses) as possible.

What method do you use to precipitate the RNA following the treatment? If your method is inefficient, that could explain some of the loss. I suggest using NH4OAc/isopropanol precipitation. I have had very good recoveries with this method. There are protocols for it on this site.

Why are you unable to use RNeasy columns with animal tissues; I have done this successfully on many occasions.

Good luck! May the Lab God's smile upon you!

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#3 dbalazs885

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 03:26 PM

Hey I am having similar problems with DNA contamination in my samples. Is there any reason to believe the DNAse doesn't work that well and is leaving in contaminants?

#4 Sandy_8

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 04:22 AM

I use Dnase I from Fermentas to eliminate genomic DNA after RNA isolation and I don't precipitate RNA after the treatment, I use 10ul of the treated RNA for RT and I never had problem of RNA degradation.....




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