Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 33–40 | Cite as

Comparison of methods for extracting high-throughput sequencing RNA from Korean pine seeds

  • Yan Liang
  • Hai-long Shen
  • Chun-ping Liu
  • Ling Yang
  • Peng Zhang


Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis Sieb. et Zucc.) is an ecologically and economically important tree species in East Asia. Molecular studies of seed development of this species are limited due to the lack of effective RNA extraction protocols. This study aimed to obtain an effective method to extract high-quality RNA from Korean pine seeds. The TRIzol kit and CTAB methods were used to extract the total RNA from Korean pine seeds at different developmental stages. The bands of RNA extracted by CTAB were not clear, whereas the bands of RNA extracted by the TRIzol kit were brighter and clearer, indicating higher quality and integrity of the RNA products extracted by the TRIzol kit. The 28S rRNA band was approximately 1.5- to 2-fold brighter than the 18S rRNA band on the agarose gel electrophoresis. The absorbance value A 260/280 was 1.8–2.0, and the absorbance value A 260/230 was >1.9. The Bioanalyzer RNA integrity results showed that the RNA integrity number of the RNA extracted using the TRIzol kit was acceptable for high-throughput sequencing. Therefore, the total RNA extracted using the TRIzol kit method can be used for high-throughput sequencing and other molecular biology experiments.


Pinus koraiensis Seeds RNA extraction CTAB TRIzol kit 



We thank the staff at Weihe Seed Orchard in Heilongjiang Province for their help with cone collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yan Liang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hai-long Shen
    • 1
  • Chun-ping Liu
    • 1
  • Ling Yang
    • 1
  • Peng Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Forest Genetics and BreedingNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinChina
  2. 2.School of Life Sciences and A & FQiqihar UniversityQiqiharChina

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