Incorporation of modified or labeled nucleotides at specific sites in RNAs is critical for gaining insights into the structure and function of RNAs. Preparation of site-specifically labeled large RNAs in amounts suitable for structural or functional studies is extremely difficult using current methodologies. The position-selective labeling of RNA, PLOR, is a recently developed method that makes such syntheses possible. PLOR allows incorporation of various probes, including 2D/13C/15N-isotopic labels, Cy3/Cy5/Alexa488/Alexa555 fluorescent dyes, biotin and other chemical groups, into specific positions in long RNAs. Here, we describe in detail the use of PLOR to label RNAs at specific segment(s) or discrete sites.
- Specific labeling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)