external control for RT-PCR

L. Lintott llintott at shaw.ca
Wed Nov 13 23:43:36 EST 2002

Here is another site to look at, with several papers on use of
housekeeping genes in real time RT-PCR, but they would apply to any

They all talk about problems with using 'house-keeping genes' and that
maybe 18s is a better choice.


Chunxin Wang wrote:
> Hi all,
> We're currently using actin as the external control for RT-PCR. For some
> reasons, we couldn't get stable results. It worked well sometimes and then
> didn't work at all. Or it preferentially gets amplified in a certain
> of tissues.
> Any suggestions on which gene is a better control? How about tubulin?
> Thanks!
> Black
> ---

Lauri Lintott
Research Technician
Molecular Biology of Potato Pathogens

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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