Sample Collection and Handling
Samples may be fresh or frozen. Collect fresh virus and isolate RNA as quickly as possible; store at 18C for not more than 24 hr. For long-term storage, store at -70 to -80C.
1. Add 500 l cell lysis solution to a 1.5 ml microfuge tube that contains 100 l virus from cultured-cell supernatant.
2. Cap the tube and vortex for 5 sec to mix thoroughly.
3. Heat sample to 65C for 5 min to complete lysis. Cool sample to room temperature. (This step is optional when testing for certain viruses such as hepatitis C.)
1. Add 200 l protein-DNA precipitation solution to the viral cell lysate.
2. Invert capped tube gently 10 times and place tube into an ice bath for 5 min.
3. Centrifuge at 13,00016,000 x g for 3 min. The precipitated proteins and DNA will form a tight pellet.
1. Leaving behind the precipitated protein-DNA pellet, pour the supernatant containing the RNA into a clean 1.5 ml microfuge tube containing 600 l 100% isopropanol (2-propanol). If RNA yield is expected to be low (<1 mg), add glycogen as a carrier to the isopropanol. We recommend adding 1 l of glycogen solution (20 mg/ml) per 600 l isopropanol.
2. Cap the tube and mix the sample by inverting gently 50 times.
3. Centrifuge at 13,00016,000 x g for 3 min; depending on yield, the RNA may or may not be visible as a small, translucent pellet.
4. Pour off supernatant and drai