Sean Lauber:qRT-PCR (TaqMan)

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Please note that it is necessary to include PCR controls while doing this. Here, these controls are:
Please note that it is necessary to include PCR controls while doing this. Here, these controls are:
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   NAC: No Amplification Control (no reverse transcription - assesses for genomic DNA)
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   NAC: No Amplification Control (no reverse transcription - assesses for genomic DNA that can act as template)
       This involves generating an RT reaction that contains everything from a representative sample from a single experiment   
       This involves generating an RT reaction that contains everything from a representative sample from a single experiment   
       (experiments done at different times, in different cells, or if the RNA was isolated at a separate time - all need a single  
       (experiments done at different times, in different cells, or if the RNA was isolated at a separate time - all need a single  
       representative NAC). So make a tube WITHOUT RTase, while including template and all other reagents. This verifies for the  
       representative NAC). So make a tube WITHOUT RTase, while including template and all other reagents. This verifies for the  
       presence of DNA that may be contributing signal.
       presence of DNA that may be contributing signal.
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  NTCRT: No Template Control (Reverse Transcription) - assesses for contaminating DNA/RNA that can act as template within RT reagents
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        This involves putting together a tube during RT that contains everything but template. This only needs to be performed
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        once per time while performing Taqman, but must be done everytime Taqman is done.
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  NTCPCR: No Template Control (PCR) - assesses for contaminating DNA/RNA that can act as template within PCR reagents

Revision as of 16:04, 5 November 2012

I typically use 10 ng cDNA/Taqman reaction and I deliver 5 μL, so you want a cDNA concentration of 2 ng/μL. For this example I am going to pretend I have 2 samples (X and Y as well as controls NTC and NAC) and I want to probe for 18S, IL-6, and OSM. The 96-well template will look something like this:


Image:96-well_Taqman.JPG


Row A will probe for 18S (orange), B will probe for IL-6 (green) and C will probe for OSM (purple). So these are the probes you will include in those wells.

1. Dilute your cDNA to 2 ng/μL.

2. Prepare probe master mixes containing:

 12.5 μL universal master mix
  6.25 μL nuclease-free water
  1.25 μL PDAR (probe)

3. Add 20 μL of probe master mix to appropriate wells.

4. Add 5 μL of 2 ng/μL cDNA to appropriate wells.

5. Seal plate with sticky film, spin down, and place into the 7900 HT qPCR machine (see Using the 7900 HT qPCR Machine)


Use this EXCEL TEMPLATE to analyze the data. The method I use involves relating IL-6/OSM expression to 18S. The values for this relative expression is then made to equal 1.00 for the control group and all other treatments are compared to this calibrated value. Essentially, the control group is considered the baseline, and treatment groups are expressed as increases/decreases in fold relative to this baseline, in terms of IL-6/OSM expression (in this example).

Please note that it is necessary to include PCR controls while doing this. Here, these controls are:

 NAC: No Amplification Control (no reverse transcription - assesses for genomic DNA that can act as template)
      This involves generating an RT reaction that contains everything from a representative sample from a single experiment   
      (experiments done at different times, in different cells, or if the RNA was isolated at a separate time - all need a single 
      representative NAC). So make a tube WITHOUT RTase, while including template and all other reagents. This verifies for the 
      presence of DNA that may be contributing signal.
 NTCRT: No Template Control (Reverse Transcription) - assesses for contaminating DNA/RNA that can act as template within RT reagents
        This involves putting together a tube during RT that contains everything but template. This only needs to be performed 
        once per time while performing Taqman, but must be done everytime Taqman is done.
 NTCPCR: No Template Control (PCR) - assesses for contaminating DNA/RNA that can act as template within PCR reagents
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