Purification of Low-Abundance Messenger RNAs by Polysome Isolation with Polyclonal Antibodies

  • Jan P. Kraus


Current interest in the isolation and characterization of normal and mutant genes has focused attention on the need for recombinant DNA molecules complementary to low-abundance mRNAs. The low-abundance class of mRNAs (i.e., each constituting <0.5% of total cellular mRNA) comprises approximately 30% of the mRNA of the eukaryotic cell and codes for a majority of its enzymes. Starting with a total unfractionated mRNA, a cDNA library of at least 200,000 independent clones is required to obtain a complete representation of low-abundance mRNAs.1 A major problem in recovering a cDNA corresponding to a low-abundance mRNA from such a library is the laborious screening required to dotoct the rare cloned low-abundance sequences. A substantial initial enrichment of a given low-abundance mRNA would simplify dramatically the procedures involved in preparing or identifying recombinant DNA molecules containing complementary nucleotide sequences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan P. Kraus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human GeneticsYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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