Heparin interference with reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction of RNA extracted from lungs after ischemia-reperfusion Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a rapid and sensitive method for detecting gene expression. However, when we used this technique to study gene expression of cytokines in ischemic and ex-vivo-reperfused rat lungs as a model for transplantation, significant inhibition of RT-PCR reaction was observed. To optimize RT-PCR conditions, RNA was extracted from rat lungs after flushing, preservation, and reperfusion. RNA was further purified and PCR conditions were modified with various strategies. We found that heparinase I pretreatment completely overcame the inhibitory effects of RT-PCR using RNA extracted from lung tissues after ischemia-reperfusion. With this treatment, a dramatic increase in tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) mRNA was revealed from lung tissues after ischemia-reperfusion. This result suggests that residual heparin in lung tissue interferes with RT-PCR. Because heparinization is routinely used during clinical and experimental organ transplantation, we recommend the treatment of RNA samples with heparinase prior to RT-PCR.

publication date

  • March 2000