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Ribonuclease R (RNase R)

A 3´ to 5´ exoribonuclease that digests all linear RNAs except lariat or circular RNA structures.


Specific: Digests all linear RNAs but does not digest lariat or circular RNA structures, or doublestranded RNA with 3' overhangs shorter than seven nucleotides

Heat Inactivated: Heat at 65°C for 20 minutes to kill enzyme activity

Valuable: Use the unique properties of this exoribonuclease to study alternative splicing and gene expression.


Ribonuclease R (RNase R) from E. coli is a magnesium-dependent 3´ to ;5´ exoribonuclease that digests essentially all linear RNAs but does not digest lariat or circular RNA structures1,2, or doublestranded RNA with 3´ overhangs shorter than seven nucleotides. Most cellular RNAs will be digested completely by RNase R, with the exception of tRNAs, 5S RNA, and intron lariats. The 3´ tails of lariats will be trimmed by RNase R to the branch point nucleotide, where there is a 2´,5´-phosphodiester linkage.

Lariats are produced during pre-mRNA splicing of intron regions and can be isolated from a mixture of total RNA by digestion with RNase R. The MasterPure™ RNA and Yeast RNA Purification Kits are ideal for such total RNA preparations. Lariat RNAs isolated using this method can be used as a template to produce labeled cDNA as a target for microarrays containing potential intron sequences, or for tiling arrays containing overlapping regions of complete chromosomes or genomes. The cDNA produced will not be a linear representation of the intron, but the sequences contained in it will be intron-derived.



  • Alternative splicing and gene expression studies.
  • Intron cDNA production.
  • Intronic screening of cDNA libraries.


Unit Definition: One unit of RNase R converts 1 µg of poly(A) into acid-soluble nucleotides in 10 minutes at 37°C under standard assay conditions.


Storage Buffer: RNase R is supplied in a 50% glycerol solution containing 50 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.5), 100 mM NaCl, 0.1 mM EDTA, 1 mM DTT, and 0.1% Triton® X-100. RNase R


10X Reaction Buffer: 0.2 M Tris-HCl (pH 8.0), 1 M KCl, and 1 mM MgCl2.


Quality Control: RNase R is function-tested in a reaction containing a mixture of linear and circularized RNA oligonucleotides. Only the linear RNA is digested.

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Ribonuclease R (RNase R) (250U) RNR07250 ***
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