Droplet Digital PCR for Quantitation of Extracellular RNA

  • Irene K. Yan
  • Rishabh Lohray
  • Tushar PatelEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1740)


Cell-to-cell communication involves the release of biological molecules into the extracellular space and their uptake by recipient cells. These molecules include RNA that can modulate cellular signaling and biological processes. To study extracellular RNA, highly sensitive and precise methods for their detection are needed. Digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) can be a useful method for detecting and analyzing extracellular RNA. The sensitivity of digital PCR can exceed that of quantitative PCR for low abundance targets such as extracellular RNA.


Digital PCR Extracellular RNA 



This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (USA) Office of the Director through grant UH3 TR000884. We acknowledge the expert assistance of Caitlyn Foerst and thank the members of our laboratories for their contributions.

Disclosures: None.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of TransplantationMayo ClinicJacksonvilleUSA

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