Use of sepharose 4B for preparative scale fractionation of eukaryotic messenger RNA’s

S. L.C. Woo, S. E. Harris, J. M. Rosen, L. Chan, P. J. Sperry, A. R. Means, B. W. O'Malley

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A new technique using Sepharose 4B column chromatography for the partial purification of the total messenger RNA population of several animal tissues is described. The column when eluted with 0.1M sodium acetate, pH 5.0, containing. 001M EDTA, resolves a total nucleic acid extract into four major peaks. DNA is eluted at the void volume, followed successively by peaks of 18S ribosomal RNA, 4S transfer RNA and 28S ribosomal RNA. Ribonucleic acid containing mRNA activities is eluted after the DNA peak but immediately before the 18S rRNA peak. Hence the column enables quantitative removal of DNA, 5S RNA, tRNA and 28S rRNA from the majority of total cellular mRNA's. Partial segregation of mRNA's in the column is also demonstrated. The method does not require the isolation of polysomes as the initial procedure in mRNA isolation and is readily adaptable to large scale preparations. One hundred mg of total nucleic acid extracted from whole tissues can be fractionated on a 5 x 100 cm Sepharose 4B column. Recovery of total mRNA activities ranges between 60-70% and purification with respect to the total cell extract is 7 to 8 fold.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-572
Number of pages18
JournalPreparative Biochemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics


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