1 year ago
Keith L. Morrison3
I would like to regulate the expression of a gene and in order to do that, I have purchased specific siRNA. After optimizing my transfection protocol and using electroporation I have achieved a 60-70% reduction of the gene of interest. However, I cannot observe a significant reduction of mRNA expression but only a reduction of protein. What might be the problem? Could the problem be in my cell treatment method?
You can exclude cell treatment being an issue by doing a mock transfection by following the same protocol without the use of siRNA. If there is no change in protein production then the cell treatment should be fine. Personally, I think the problem is the time of taking your measurements. The levels of mRNA and proteins fluctuate at different rates after the transfection of siRNA. mRNA knockdown occurs at 24-48hrs and then the mRNA levels may begin to return to normal. On the other hand, protein knockdown occurs at 48-96 hours since the siRNA is not targeting the proteins directly. If you think that you are analyzing your sample at the correct times then I would suggest that you use a different transfection reagent for siRNA that might be more efficient.