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  • Exonuclease T


    Exonuclease T (Exo T), also known as RNase T, is a single-stranded RNA (1,2) or DNA (3,4) specific nuclease that requires a free 3´ terminus and removes nucleotides in the 3´→ 5´ direction. Exonuclease T can be used to generate blunt ends from RNA (5) or DNA molecules that have 3´ extensions (2).


    Isolated from a recombinant source

    Product Source

    Exonuclease T is overexpressed and purified as a C-terminal fusion to maltose-binding protein (MBP). MBP is removed from Exonuclease T by Factor Xa cleavage and Exonuclease T is then purified away from Factor Xa and MBP. Exonuclease T cleaved from MBP has an additional amino acid on the N-terminus and a Phe instead of a Met (i.e., Glu-Phe-Exo T instead of Met-Exo T).

    Reagents Supplied

    The following reagents are supplied with this product:

    Store at (°C)Concentration
    NEBuffer 4-2010X

    Properties and Usage

    Unit Definition

    One unit is defined as the amount of enzyme required to produce 0.1 nmol of TCA soluble nucleotides from 1 nmol of [3H]-labeled polythymidine in a total reaction volume of 100 μl in 30 minutes at 25°C in 1X NEBuffer 4 with 1 nmol [3H]-labeled polythymidine DNA.

    Reaction Conditions

    1X NEBuffer 4
    Incubate at 25°C

    1X NEBuffer 4:
    50 mM Potassium Acetate
    20 mM Tris-acetate
    10 mM Magnesium Acetate
    1 mM DTT
    pH 7.9 @ 25°C

    Storage Temperature


    Storage Conditions

    10 mM Tris-HCl
    50 mM KCl
    1 mM DTT
    0.1 mM EDTA
    200 μg/ml BSA
    50% Glycerol
    pH 7.4 @ 25°C

    Heat Inactivation

    65°C for 20 min

    Quality Control

    Quality Assurance Statement

    • Free of detectable endonucleases and exonucleases.

    Quality Control Assays

    The following Quality Control Tests are performed on each new lot and meet the specifications designated for the product. Individual lot data can be found on the Product Summary Sheet/Datacard or Manual which can be found in the Supporting Documents section of this page.
    • Endonuclease Activity (Nicking):
      The product is tested in a reaction containing a supercoiled DNA substrate. After incubation for 4 hours the percent converted to the nicked form is determined by agarose gel electrophoresis.

    Supporting Documents

    Material Safety Datasheets

    The following is a list of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that apply to this product to help you use it safely. The following file naming structure is used to name these document files: [Product Name] MSDS. For international versions please contact us at info@neb.com.


    The Product Summary Sheet, or Data Card, includes details for how to use the product, as well as details of its formulation and quality controls. The following file naming structure is used to name the majority of these document files: [Catalog Number]Datasheet-Lot[Lot Number]. For those product lots not listed below, please contact NEB at info@neb.com or fill out the Technical Support Form for appropriate document.

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