A general purpose method for extracting RNA from Dictyostelium cells

Karen E. Pilcher, Pascale Gaudet, Petra Fey, Anthony S. Kowal, Rex L. Chisholm*

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Here we present a protocol for the extraction of RNA from Dictyostelium discoideum. Dictyostelium is a social amoeba that undergoes a basic developmental program, and therefore analysis of RNA levels over a time course is a commonly used technique. This procedure is similar to other guanidine thiocyanate-based methods; however, it has been adjusted because of the large quantities of carbohydrate and nucleases found in Dictyostelium cells. After cell lysis and phenol:chloroform extraction, the resulting high-quality RNA isolated with the described protocol allows the molecular genetic analysis of wild-type and genetically modified cells. The purified RNA can be used for analyses such as northern blotting, RT-PCR and microarrays. This procedure requires approximately 2 h to complete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1329-1332
Number of pages4
JournalNature Protocols
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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