Oligo stability in water at -20 C

Michael T. MacDonell sendero at ix.netcom.com
Mon Aug 10 20:31:48 EST 1998

Dear Hiranya:

I just have not observed it to be significant, and I have been
observing for about 15 years.  Anyway, I wonder how much spontaneous
degradation is actually attributable to nucleases.  How are can you be
sure you are not seeing nuclease degradation and believing that it to
be autocatalysis?

Best Regards,
Mike MacDonell, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Ransom Hill Bioscience

On 10 Aug 1998 16:58:29 -0700, hroychow at NMSU.EDU (Hiranya
Roychowdhury) wrote:

>At 03:53 PM 8/10/98 GMT, Michael T. MacDonell wrote:
>>Dear Chris:
>>The answer to most of your questions is "No".  Water, buffer, doesn't
>>matter. As far as the oligo is concerned, room temp, -20, -80, doesn't
>>matter.  Oligos are stable (although modifiers may not be). What you
>>are describing is nuclease degradation. Almost certainly caused by
>>bacterial contamination.  Talk to a Microbiologist, they can hep you.
>>Best Regards,
>>On 10 Aug 1998 14:33:12 GMT, chrisb at hgu.mrc.ac.uk (Chris Boyd) wrote:
>>>Some years ago, there was a discussion on this ng about oligos going
>>>off in storage. 
>While it is true that nucleases are responsible for degrading nucleic acids,
>autocatalysis is a fact. While RNA, DNA Oligos etc. may be stored longer at
>-70 C in water, but unbuffered they do eventully break down even at -20 C. 
>Bacterial contamination is something else.    
>Dr. Hiranya Sankar Roychowdhury
>Plant Genetic Engineering Lab.
>New Mexico State University
>Las Cruces, NM 88003
>Ph. (505) 646-5785
>hroychow at nmsu.edu

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