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Jereld R. Nicholson Library

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Biochemistry

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The generation of run-off transcripts from in vitro transcription reactions is a useful technique in the study of transcription regulation. There are currently limited ways in which these run-off transcripts can be analyzed, and few that are truly quantitative. Our aim is to establish a method using ion-pair reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (IP RP HPLC) to analyze RNA transcripts from in vitro transcription reactions. We were able to demonstrate that we could recapitulate the separation of DNA based on size using our IP RP HPLC method. The application of this method was also able to effectively separate RNA based on size in the size range of 281 – 1908 bp. Using a simple in vitro transcription system with T7 RNA polymerase and a linear DNA template with a single promoter, we showed detection of the RNA run-off transcript in the size range demonstrated. We would like to apply this method to more complex in vitro transcription systems and demonstrate the ability to quantify RNA using IP RP HPLC.

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May 15th, 12:15 PM May 15th, 1:30 PM

Developing an Analytical Method for Separating and Quantifying RNA Generated in In Vitro Transcription Reactions

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

The generation of run-off transcripts from in vitro transcription reactions is a useful technique in the study of transcription regulation. There are currently limited ways in which these run-off transcripts can be analyzed, and few that are truly quantitative. Our aim is to establish a method using ion-pair reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (IP RP HPLC) to analyze RNA transcripts from in vitro transcription reactions. We were able to demonstrate that we could recapitulate the separation of DNA based on size using our IP RP HPLC method. The application of this method was also able to effectively separate RNA based on size in the size range of 281 – 1908 bp. Using a simple in vitro transcription system with T7 RNA polymerase and a linear DNA template with a single promoter, we showed detection of the RNA run-off transcript in the size range demonstrated. We would like to apply this method to more complex in vitro transcription systems and demonstrate the ability to quantify RNA using IP RP HPLC.

 

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