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.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)