HELP! Lane background in Northern's

Gil kgilbert at
Tue Nov 22 14:42:41 EST 1994

I've been having a problem with very high non-specific binding
restricted to the entire length of all lanes on a northern blot.  Here
are the specifics:
1.RNA obtained from whole lung (rat) by Tri-Reagent protocol. (Molec.
Res. Center)  
2. Samples were run through Molec. Res. Center oligo-dT columns
3. 5 ug of poly-a+ enriched RNA fractionated on agarose/formaldehyde
gels and transferred to nylon membranes.
4. Rat cDNA probe labeled with random priming.  Probe is ~1.9 kb
5. Prehyb/Hyb soln is modification of Church and Gilbert (PNAS
81:1991-95, 1984); Final concentrations of components are 1% non-fat
dry milk, 1mM EDTA, 7% SDS, 0.5M Na2HPO4.  Hybridize at 65 degrees C.

I get a nice band where it's supposed to be, but also get high
non-specific binding in the entire lane as well.  It's not nearly as
bad with some 40-mer probes I'm using; just the cDNA's.

Also, I can still see ribsomal RNA ghosts in these poly-a+ samples. 
Has anyone else had these problems?  Please comment in this newsgroup
or by e-mail.

KA Gilbert, Ph.D.
Dept. Cell and Mol Physiol
Penn State Univ, Col of Med
Hershey, PA 17033
Voice: 717-531-8997
FAX:   717-531-7667
e-mail: kgilbert at

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