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Plant Mol Biol. 1994 Oct;26(1):275-84.

Automated sampling and RNA isolation at room temperature for measurements of circadian rhythms in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 68583-0718.

Abstract

The development of techniques allowing the unattended collection of RNA from cell samples at room temperature makes practical accurate and facile monitoring of circadian rhythms in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The utility of these methods was demonstrated by collecting RNA samples for three days from cells maintained in continuous darkness. Every hour, cells were automatically collected and lysed with buffer containing SDS and proteinase K. Samples were maintained at room temperature with little or no evidence of degradation of RNA. Strong, non-damping circadian rhythms of cab mRNA abundance were measured. Free-running rhythms of about 24 h were measured from cultures maintained at 16, 20, 25 and 30 degrees C, thus demonstrating temperature compensation of circadian period. Simultaneous collections from cultures previously entrained to 12 h light/12 h dark cycles of opposite phase displayed circadian rhythms of cab mRNA abundance that were in phase with their previous entraining light cycles. Thus, this result suggests that the measured circadian rhythms of cab mRNA abundance was not an artifact of the collection procedure.

PMID:
7948876
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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