A large-scale whole-mount in situ hybridization system: Rapid one-tube preparation of DIG-labeled RNA probes and high throughput hybridization using 96-well silent screen plates

Michio Ogasawara, Takuya Minokawa, Yasunori Sasakura, Hiroki Nishida, Kazuhiro W. Makabe

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Abstract

Recent progress in multiple and automated-sequencing technology allows large-scale random cDNA sequencing, the so-called EST project, in various fields. In addition to the EST collection, the cDNA project requires analysis of spatiotemporal patterns of gene expression of a large number of clones by whole-mount in situ hybridization (WISH). To facilitate the multiple WISH procedures, we developed a protocol for rapid and uniform synthesis of multiple probes and multi-well based WISH processing. A DIG-labeled RNA probe for WISH was synthesized from a PCR-amplified template which contained an RNA promoter. All reactions of PCR and subsequent RNA synthesis were performed in a single tube by sequential addition of the reagents without phenol extraction or ethanol precipitation steps. An RNA probe was purified and condensed by a centrifugal ultrafilter to achieve high and stable purification efficiency. WISH of 96 samples were performed simultaneously in a 96-well plate attached to silent screen filters that were connected with a vacuum exhausting system. These processes eliminated the labor-intensive steps of WISH and provided opportunities to search for novel genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalZoological Science
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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