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Methods Mol Biol. 2012;941:227-45. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-113-4_17.

Biosynthetic preparation of 13C/15N-labeled rNTPs for high-resolution NMR studies of RNAs.

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Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King's College London, London, UK.


High-resolution investigations of the structure and dynamics of RNA molecules by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methodologies require the production of (13)C/(15)N-isotopically labeled samples. A common strategy entails the preparation of (13)C/(15)N-enriched ribonucleoside 5'-triphosphates (rNTPs) to be incorporated into RNA oligomers by in vitro transcription. Here, we describe the methods to obtain isotopically labeled rNTP in a uniform or selective fashion from bacterial cultures, using common and versatile E. coli strains. This chapter also covers procedures for extraction and digestion of the total RNA from bacterial cells, purification of the ribonucleoside 5'-monophosphates and their enzymatic phosphorylation to rNTPs.

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