RNA can be detected, quantified and manipulated through copying via the use of reverse transcriptases (RTs), which are RNA-dependent DNA polymerases. RTs synthesize a strand of DNA that is complementary to the original RNA template and is referred to as cDNA. This cDNA can then be further amplified through PCR, qPCR, or isothermally using, for example, one-step RT-LAMP. Alternately, the cDNA can be used in library preparation for next generation sequencing.
New England Biolabs provides a broad variety of reverse transcriptases and kits for use in these experiments. In addition to stand alone enzymes such as ProtoScript II, NEB provides a number of optimized kits for RT-qPCR, RT-PCR, RNA Seq and isothermal RNA detection.
FAQs for RT-qPCR, RT-PCR and cDNA Synthesis
Protocols for RT-qPCR, RT-PCR and cDNA Synthesis
- cDNA synthesis in oligo (dT)25 magnetic beads (S1419)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (Standard Protocol) (NEB #M0277)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (No-RT Negative Control Reaction) (NEB #M0277)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (No-RT Negative Control Reaction) (NEB #M0253)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (No-RT Negative Control Reaction) (NEB #M0368)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (Quick Protocol) (NEB #M0253)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (Quick Protocol) (NEB #M0277)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (Quick Protocol) (NEB #M0368)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (Standard Protocol) (NEB #M0253)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis (Standard Protocol) (NEB #M0368)
- First strand cDNA synthesis OneTaq® RT-PCR Kit
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis Protocols (E6300)
- First Strand cDNA Synthesis Protocols (E6560)
- Isolation of mRNA Using the PolyA Spin™ mRNA Isolation Kit
- One-Step RT-PCR Protocols (E5315)
- PCR Amplification with OneTaq® RT-PCR Kit
- Protocol for Avoiding Rnase Contamination using Murine Rnase Inhibitor (M0314)
- Protocol for Avoiding Rnase Contamination using Rnase Inhibitor, Human Placenta (M0307)
- Typical cDNA Synthesis Protocol
- Typical RT-LAMP Protocol
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The PCR brochure provides product information on the wide range of DNA polymerases available from NEB, including tools for selection and troubleshooting tips.
RNA Technical Guide
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cDNA Synthesis Selection Chart
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