Current methods for isolating RNA from budding yeast require lengthy and laborious steps such as freezing and heating with phenol, homogenization with glass beads, or enzymatic digestion of the cell wall. Here, extraction with a solution of formamide and EDTA was adapted to isolate RNA from whole yeast cells through a rapid and easily scalable procedure that does not require mechanical cell lysis, phenol, or enzymes. RNA extracted with formamide-EDTA can be directly loaded on gels for electrophoretic analysis without alcohol precipitation. A simplified protocol for downstream DNase treatment and reverse transcription reaction is also included. The formamide-EDTA extraction of yeast RNA is faster, safer, and more economical than conventional methods, outperforms them in terms of total yield, and greatly increases throughput.
Shedlovskiy, Daniel; Shcherbik, Natalia; and Pestov, Dimitri G, "One-Step Hot Formamide Extraction of RNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae" (2017). School of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Scholarship. 147.
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Shedlovskiy D, Shcherbik N, Pestov DG. One-step hot formamide extraction of RNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. RNA Biology. 2017 Dec 2;14(12):1722-1726. Epub 2017 Jul 31. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2017.1345417. PMID: 28692404.