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MicroRNA isolation and stability in stored RNA samples



Year of publication 2009
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Field Oncology and hematology
Keywords miRNA isolation; miRNA stability; miRNA cDNA stability
Description MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNA molecules, which act as post-transcriptional regulators of a gene expression, with important functions within the cell physiology. Whilst many authors have focused on the study of miRNA expression in physiological and pathological processes, various technical variables related to miRNA isolation have simultaneously emerged and the stability of the stored miRNA samples has been questioned. A robust method for RNA isolation is essential for reproducible results and miRNAs instability in the stored samples would make for an alarming situation for most expression studies. Here these issues are discussed and we investigate the stability of miRNAs isolated from clinical samples of B lymphocytes (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) by the most commonly utilized method based on a Trizol/TRI Reagent solution (RNAs stored at minus 80 C). To assess the stability of miRNAs, a Real Time PCR analysis was performed for a panel of 29 miRNAs from a freshly isolated RNA sample and after 14 days storage at minus 80 C. Furthermore, a Real Time PCR analysis was repeatedly performed for a stored RNA sample over a period of 10 months. We observed high stability of isolated miRNAs and respective cDNAs. The reproducibility and efficiency of the Trizol/TRI Reagent isolation method was also tested and compared to the mirVana Isolation kit (Ambion) and RNeasy kit (Qiagen). In conclusion, Trizol/TRI Reagent based isolation is a robust reproducible method, and obtained miRNA samples do not show any tendency to degradation when properly stored and handled.
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