QuantiMir RT Kit: Small RNA Quantitation System Add to Cart

Cat#: RA420A-1-SBI
Quantity: 20 PolyA and RT rxns, sufficient for 5000 PCR or qPCR rxns
Price: 685 €
Supplier: System Biosciences
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Small RNA Quantitation System - Tags and converts miRNA & siRNA to cDNA


• Simple and robust procedure for converting small RNAs from any tissue source into ready-to-use cDNA templates for real-time qPCR
• Validate newly discovered microRNAs by quantifying them
• Quanititate microRNA expression from any tissue source
• Detect and quantitate siRNAs, shRNAs, and mRNAs in knockdown experiments
• No more tedious Northerns or RNase protection assays
• Stop wasting your precious RNA on single microRNA detection per RT reaction
• Convert enough RNA to cDNA for up to 5,000 qPCR measurements
• Amenable to high-throughput screening of clinical tissue samples including laser-captured micro-dissected specimens
• Entire procedure takes <2 hours
• Three reference assays included in each kit: Human U6, Mouse U6 and Human/Mouse miR-16


The QuantiMir™ RT Kit from SBI is designed to anchor-tail and convert all small, non-coding RNAs into cDNA starting from total RNA samples. First a poly-A tail is added to the 3‘ end of small non-coding RNAs in the presence of poly-A polymerase. An oligo-dT adaptor primer is used to initiate the subsequent reverse transcription reaction. The resulting cDNAs are ready-to-use for either end-point PCR experiments or to perform real-time qPCR analysis.
The user simply needs to design the forward primer which corresponds to the miRNA or siRNA of interest and to provide real-time SYBR® Green master mix for real-time PCR or end-point PCR reagents.


You can start with picograms to micrograms of Total RNA, even with fractionated small RNA samples and can detect microRNA expression changes in a dynamic range of at least 6 log-fold differences.


First strand cDNAs were synthesized using 500 ng total RNA from 18 different human tissues: adipose, bladder, brain, cervix, colon, esophagus, heart, kidney, liver, lung, ovary, placenta, prostate, skeletal muscle, small intestine, spleen, testes, and thymus.
The QuantiMir cDNAs from the 18 human tissues were balanced to yield equal Ct values for the U6 snRNA normalizing transcript (Below in Green bars). Real-time PCR results demonstrated this snRNA is uniformly expressed across the 18 tissues examined.
Assays specific for microRNA miR-1 demonstrate specific Heart and Skeletal expression (Below in Red bars) and assays for microRNA miR-122 clearly show specific Liver expression (Below in Blue bars).


Application Examples

Profile microRNA expression in cancer and normal tissue samples

Numerous miRNAs has been found to have links with some types of cancer. Expression profiling of microRNAs can assist in identifying the type and severity of the oncogenic state and microRNA expression "signatures" can be used to develop diagnostics and therapeutics.


Measure both shRNA expression and mRNA knockdown in a single QuantiMir cDNA sample


Quantitate siRNAs and mRNA knockdown using QuantiMir: The use of sh/siRNAs to lower the levels of endogenous messenger RNA expression is a powerful and effective tool to study the roles of a targeted transcript in biological systems. Real-time qPCR has become the gold standard in accurately measuring the knockdown effects of specific sh/siRNAs in these experiments. The means of assessing the expression levels of sh/siRNA input has been typically achieved through laborious and nonquantitative Northern blot analyses. Here we present a new method to quantitate both the expression levels of sh/siRNA and the knockdown effect on the targeted messenger RNA transcript using a passive lysis buffer coupled with the QuantiMir kit cDNA synthesis and Real-time qPCR.

After transfection of siRNA or shRNA expression constructs, the cells are removed from the transfection plate using standard trypsinization. The cells are pelleted and subsequently lysed using 100 ul of SBI’s Cells-to-Cts passive lysis Buffer system, which is available in the Cells-to-Cts QuantiMir kit (see link below): A 5 ul aliquot of the lysed cell suspension is then input directly into the QuantiMir RT reaction. The unique technologies in the QuantiMir RT kit enables the conversion of small RNA into detectable cDNA while simultaneously converting messenger RNA into cDNA. Accurate measurement of sh/siRNAs and the messenger RNA transcript in knockdown experiments can be accomplished using the cDNA created from this single RT reaction. The QuantiMir RT reaction generates enough cDNA suitable for numerous qPCR reactions. Shown below is an example of a timecourse study using anti-p53 shRNA-directed knockdown of the endogenous p53 mRNA transcript. From the same QuantiMir cDNA, both the p53 siRNA (Orange bars) and the p53 mRNA transcript (Blue line) were measured by qPCR.

Kit Contents
40 ul 5X PolyA Polymerase Buffer
10 ul PolyA Polymerase
20 ul 25 mM MnCl2
30 ul 5 mM ATP
10 ul 3´Oligo dT Adaptor
80 ul 5X Reverse Transcriptase Buffer
20 ul Reverse Transcriptase
30 ul 0.1 M Dithiothreitol (DTT)
50 ul dNTP Mix
600 ul 3’ Universal Reverse PCR Primer
50 ul 5’ Human U6 Control Forward Primer (10uM)
50 ul 5’ Mouse U6 Control Forward Primer (10uM)
50 ul 5’ Human/Mouse miR-16 Control Forward Primer (10uM)

User provides SYBR Green master mix and forward primer specific for the miRNA or siRNA of interest.

The following microRNA qRT-PCR Arrays including miRNA-specific primers as well as QuantiMir reagents are also available (see link to MicroRNA qPCR Assays below):

Cancer MicroRNA qRT-PCR Array
Stem Cell microRNA qRT-PCR Array
Genome Wide Human and Mouse MicroRNA qRT-PCR Arrays

Related Links

Cells-to-Cts QuantiMir kit incl. cell lysis buffer & DNAse I
microRNA qRT-PCR Assays
QuantiMir Universal Reverse Primer

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Product Presentation: QuantiMir RT Kit

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  • Zhang Y, Li M, Wang H, Fisher WE, Lin PH, Yao Q, Chen C Profiling of 95 MicroRNAs in Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines and Surgical Specimens by Real-Time PCR Analysis World J Surg 2008 Nov 22(PDF).
  • Stein U, Walther W, Stege A, Kaszubiak A, Fichtner I, Lage H Complete In Vivo Reversal of the Multidrug Resistance Phenotype by Jet-injection of Anti-MDR1 Short Hairpin RNA-encoding Plasmid DNA Mol Ther 2007 Sep 181-9.
  • Siebert, P & Antes, T (2007) Enrichment Amplification of Human RNase III-cleaved RNA Reveals New MicroRNAs and Other Small Non-Coding RNAs PHILICACOM Article number 100.
  • Lee NS, Kim JS, Cho WJ, Lee MR, Steiner R, Gompers A, Ling D, Zhang J, Strom P, Behlke M, Moon SH, Salvaterra PM, Jove R, Kim KS miR-302b maintains ""stemness"" of human embryonal carcinoma cells by post-transcriptional regulation of Cyclin D2 expressionBiochem Biophys Res Commun 2008 Dec 12377(2):434-40.
  • Paul E Neiman, Katrina Elsaesser, Gilbert Loring and Robert Kimmel Myc Oncogene-Induced Genomic Instability: DNA Palindromes in Bursal Lymphomagenesis PLoS Genet 2008 July 4(7): e1000132.
  • Tsang WP, Kwok TT Let-7a microRNA suppresses therapeutics-induced cancer cell death by targeting caspase-3 Apoptosis 2008 Oct 13(10)1215-1222.
  • Lo HL, Chang T, Yam P, Marcovecchio PM, Li S, Zaia JA, Yee JK Inhibition of HIV-1 replication with designed miRNAs expressed from RNA polymerase II promotersGene Ther 2007 Sep 6.

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