Mitochondrial DNA isolation

Bill Melchior wmelchior at
Fri Jun 18 17:36:15 EST 1993

In article <1993Jun18.092202.5996 at>, 
CS at ("Christoph Schller") writes:
> Does anyone have a protocol to isolate mt-DNA from tissue (rat
> brain)? How to estimate nuclear DNA contamination? We want to analyse
> oxidative damage.

I've not tried it, but I have a copy of "A Rapid Procedure for Isolating 
Mitochondrial DNA", E.G. Zimmerman et al, Gene Anal. Techn. 5:102-104 
(1988).  The example given is rat liver.  The only "analysis" for 
contamination by nuclear DNA seems to have been visual inspection of a gel.
The paper has several references to earlier methods.

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