Separation of Nuclear and Cytoplasmic Fractions for Chimeric RNA Characterization
Cellular organelle fractionation, a basic technique in molecular biology, has been devised to separate various cell components, which can then be purified and analyzed biochemically. Isolation of proteins or RNAs from these fractions provides insight into fraction-specific or even organelle-specific expression, which may indicate potential modes of functionality or likelihood for a transcript to encode a protein. These findings can be further utilized to observe differences in expression between normal and diseased cell states, such as cancer. We utilize these techniques to observe expression of chimeric RNAs in these fractions. Within this chapter we describe the most frequently used cellular fractionation technique: the separation of the cytoplasmic fraction from the nuclear fraction in a cell.
Key wordsCell fractionation Cytoplasmic Nuclear Chimeric RNAs
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