DNase Protocol

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Protocol for DNase treatment of total RNA. This uses a DNase inactivating reagent and thus avoids the DNase heat inactivation step that makes me nervous.



  1. In order to DNase 20ug of RNA in a 100ul reaction, mix the following:
  • 10μL 10X DNase buffer
  • 78μL dH20
  • 2μL DNase
  • 10μL RNA(1ug/μL)
  1. Incubate at 37° C for 20-30 min.
  2. Add 0.1 volume resuspended DNase Inactivation Reagent.
  3. Incubate 2 min at RT mixing every 30s.
  4. Centrifuge at 10,000xg for 1.5 min.
  5. Transfer solution to a new tube avoiding pelleted Inactivation Reagent.


  • Smoore 09:59, 3 December 2008 (EST)DNase I requires calcium as well as magnesium. If you are adding DNase I to degrade DNA in an existing solution (like a lysate), having 0.5-1.0 mM CaCl2 seems to really help. I don't know if it is in the kit buffer.
  • Smoore 09:59, 3 December 2008 (EST)If you are poor and rely on heating your samples to kill the DNase, make sure to chelate the metals with excess EDTA before heating. Hot + metal = degraded RNA.
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Relevant papers and books

Error fetching PMID 6947258:
Error fetching PMID 13718526:
  1. Error fetching PMID 6947258: [Goldbeter-PNAS-1981]
  2. Error fetching PMID 13718526: [Jacob-JMB-1961]
  3. Mark Ptashne. A genetic switch. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004. isbn:0879697164. [Ptashne-Genetic-Switch]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed


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