Help: RNA extraction from Gram Positives

kim at kim at
Mon Mar 4 14:54:48 EST 1991

In article <1991Mar4.135643.1 at>, cthomas at writes:
>Does anyone have a reliable protocol for extraction of total RNA/mRNA  from
>Gram positive bacteria like Bacillus and Listeria.  Most of the the
>published methods I have seen apply to easily lysable Gram negative bacteria
>or eucaryotic cells.
>Thanks in advance,
>Connor Thomas
>Department of Microbiology and Immunology
>University of Adelaide
>South Australia
>Email: cthomas at
In Analytical Biochemistry 176:464-467 [1989], there is a procedure for
preparing bacterial DNA using DMSO to lyse the cells.  It may be of use in your
application.  I have never used the method myself.
Daniel Kim

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