RNA isolation / purification Bacteria - Gram negative Legionella pneumophilia

Generally isolating RNA from Gram-negative bacteria is easy, however keeping your working environment clean and RNase free (use RNase inhibitor) is essential. Some common points to keep in mind: a) Use fresh samples for isolation or store them by freezing in RNA stabilizing buffer until use. b) Choose the bacterial input amounts carefully, to ensure buffer volumes are adequate and not to overload the columns.

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2 years ago by Paul G. Macon United States

Some help with RNA isolation using Trizol

Hello! I used Trizol to extract total RNA from in-vitro cultured bacteria (1 X 10^8 cells). After phase separation, I mixed ~0.4 ml of the upper phase which contains RNA with 0.5 mL cold isopropanol. However, the amount of RNA when measured in Nanodrop was very low. In addition, the ratio between 260 and 230 was around 0.1 to 0.5. Is there a chance that my sample was contaminated by the Trizol reagent? When I collected the aqueous phase I made sure to not touch the lower phase. What should I do?

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To yield high RNA, give the column an extra wash with both RW1 and RPE buffers (3 total washes with each buffer).
Downstream tips
"Include DNAse treatment for 15-20min.

Ensure EtOH is completely evaporated off of the column prior to elution. Adjust time from 1min to 5 min at 60`C.

Use water to elute the RNA that is warmed to ~60`C"
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If the aqueous layer appears pink, not enough RobiZol was used
Downstream tips
For RT-PCR applications, DNase treatment might be required
Upstream tips
Be careful to create an RNase-free working environment
Protocol tips
Always mix the sample tube well after addition of each reagent.
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