Send to

Choose Destination
Biochemistry. 1977 Jun 14;16(12):2763-7.

Separation and quantitation of intracellular forms of poliovirus RNA by agarose gel electrophoresis.


Intracellular poliovirus-specific RNA species can be measured directly by electrophoresis of total cytoplasmic nucleic acids through 1% agarose gels, resulting in the separation of single- and double-stranded forms of poliovirus RNA from each other and from HeLa cell 28S ribosomal RNA. Single-stranded RNA molecules differing by only 15% in length are resolved in this gel system. RNA species can be visualized as fluorescen bands appearing after staining of the gels with ethidium bromide and observation under ultraviolet illumination. The total amount of RNA can be determined by densitometric quantitation of the fluorescent response. In this way, the amount of poliovirus-specific RNA within the cytoplasm of HeLa cells infected for various times has been estimated. At 170-min postinfection, there are 0.67 X 10(5) molecules of single-stranded poliovirus RNA per cell and at 230 min, the amount has increased to 3.7 X 10(5) molecules/cell. Poliovirus double-strnaded RNA reaches a maximum of 0.7 X 10(5) molecules/cell at 330 min after infection.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center