Carrier-iRNA, 10 mg/ml

Carrier-iRNA is polyinosinic acid of Molecular Biology Grade. It is an efficient inert carrier for ethanol precipitation of picograms and higher quantities of RNA or DNA. Carrier-iRNA offers several advantages over other carriers, such as tRNA, yeast RNA, or sonicated DNA, for recovering nucleic acids prior to downstream applications. Carrier-iRNA is synthetic polymer, which is not source of biological contamination in the samples. Nucleic acids recovered after precipitation in the presence of Carrier-iRNA are immediately suitable for downstream applications such as PCR and  RT-PCR. 

Cat.no. Name Package Price
C078 Carrier-iRNA, 10 mg/ml 0,5 ml € 71,40
C079 Carrier-iRNA, 10 mg/ml 5x 0,5 ml € 251,58

Product description

For precipitation of small amounts of RNA or DNA (previously called RNA carrier R057)

Description

Carrier-iRNA is polyinosinic acid of Molecular Biology Grade. It is an efficient inert carrier for ethanol precipitation of picograms and higher quantities of RNA or DNA. Carrier-iRNA offers several advantages over other carriers, such as tRNA, yeast RNA, or sonicated DNA, for recovering nucleic acids prior to downstream applications. Carrier-iRNA is synthetic polymer, which is not source of biological contamination in the samples. Nucleic acids recovered after precipitation in the presence of Carrier-iRNA are immediately suitable for downstream applications such as PCR and  RT-PCR. 

Technical data

Components and packaging

  • Carrier-iRNA is supplied in deionized, ultrapure, and sterile water (18 Mohm.cm) at a concentration of ~10 mg/ml.
  • Basic packaging contains 0,5 ml of Carrier-iRNA in 2 ml plastic vials with screw cap.
  • Carrier-iRNA is a part of the set for RNA or DNA precipitations, containing besides Carrier-iRNA also Carrier-ACRYL and Carrier-GLY. Comparison of various carriers for RNA or DNA precipitation and key references are shown in Table 1

Storage and Stability

  • Store at temperature -20°C ± 5°C. Carrier-iRNA is stable until the expiration date printed on the tube label. To reduce the viscosity after freezing, we recommend heating the Carrier-iRNA tube to 37°C for 15 min.

Quality control

Each batch of Carrier-iRNA is analyzed in several assays. For the assays, DNA or RNA is examined in the Carrier Assay Buffer (CAB): 10 mM Tris-HCl, 2 mM MgCl2, 1 mM dithiothreitol, pH 7.5 at 37°C. 

  • Nucleic acid precipitation assay. Economy DNA marker (Cat. No. D071; 2.5 µl) is mixed with 0.2 ml 10 mM Tris buffer, pH 8.0 + 1 mM EDTA, 1 µl Carrier-iRNA, 20 µl of 3 M sodium acetate, pH 5.2, and 0.6 ml of 96% Ethanol. After 30 minutes at 2 - 8°C the mixture is centrifuged for 10 min at 12,000 x g, analyzed by electrophoresis in agarose gel with ethidium bromide and observed under UV light. More than 90% of all components of the DNA marker is recovered in the precipitate.
  • Nick activity assay. Plasmid pUC19 (1 µg) in 0.2 ml CAB is incubated with Carrier-iRNA (50 µg) for 1 hours at 37°C, followed by electrophoresis in agarose gel with ethidium bromide. No nicking activity is observed. 
  • Ribonuclease assay. RNA (1 µg) in 50 µl CAB with Carrier-iRNA (50 µg) is incubated for 1 hours at 37°C, followed by electrophoresis in agarose gel with ethidium bromide. No changes in properties of RNA are observed under UV light.
Table 1 - Comparison of various carriers for RNA/DNA precipitation.
Carrier Advantages Disadvantages

Carrier-iRNA

Polyinosinic acid

Chemically defined RNA, which is more suitable as carrier for cDNA synthesis and other RNA/DNA manipulations than widely used rRNAs or tRNAs.

Could inhibit reactions catalyzed by terminal transferase or polynucleotide kinase. Interferes with determination of RNA or DNA concentrations.

Carrier-ACRYL

Linear polyacrylamide

 

Inert neutral carrier, which does not inhibit DNA cloning, DNA-protein interactions, and enzyme reactions. Does not interfere with determination of RNA/DNA concentrations. Does not co-precipitate short oligonucleotides (≤ 20 pbs).

Does not co-precipitate short oligonucleotides (≤ 20 pbs).

Carrier-GLY

Polysaccharide (glycogen from oysters)

 

Purified glycogen does not inhibit DNA cloning and most enzyme reactions; does not interfere with determination of RNA/DNA concentrations. It is suitable as inert carrier for precipitation of shorter oligonucleotides (≥ 8 pbs). 

May inhibit some DNA-protein interactions and reverse transcription of long RNA templates.
 
 

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