mRNA preparation from few cells

Dr. J. Lorenzen akl01 at rs1.rrz.Uni-Koeln.DE
Thu Jul 15 07:31:46 EST 1993

At present, I am working on a project to isolate and RT-PCR mRNA's from
few or single cells. Using protocolls based on Chirgwin's method with
chloroform-phenol extraction, I've successfully amplified message from
approx. 10 cells isolated by a micromanipulator. I wonder, if anyone
can make suggestions on better protocolls to isolate mRNA's from single
cells? Does one need a desktop ultracentrifuge? Has anyone tried FOLT-PCR?
All suggestions welcome.
Dr. J. Lorenzen
Department of Pathology
University of Cologne
E-mail: akl01 at

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