High-quality total RNA isolation from melon (Cucumis melo L.) fruits rich in polysaccharides

Gabrielle Silveira de Campos, Ricardo Antônio Ayub, Rafael Mazer Etto, Carolina Weigert Galvão, Marília Aparecida Stroka, Juliana Inaba

Abstract


Melon, a member of the family Cucurbitaceae, is the fourth most important fruit in the world market and, on a volume basis, is Brazil’s main fresh fruit export. Many molecular techniques used to understand the maturation of these fruits require high concentrations of highly purified RNA. However, melons are rich in polyphenolic compounds and polysaccharides, which interfere with RNA extraction. This study aimed to determine the most appropriate method for total RNA extraction from melon fruits. Six extraction buffers were tested: T1) guanidine thiocyanate/phenol/chloroform; T2) sodium azide/?-mercaptoethanol; T3) phenol/guanidine thiocyanate; T4) CTAB/PVP/?-mercaptoethanol; T5) SDS/sodium perchlorate/PVP/?-mercaptoethanol, and T6) sarkosyl/PVP/guanidine thiocyanate, using the AxyPrepTM Multisource Total RNA Miniprep Kit. The best method for extracting RNA from both mature and green fruit was based on the SDS/PVP/?-mercaptoethanol buffer, because it rapidly generated a high quality and quantity of material. In general, higher amounts of RNA were obtained from green than mature fruits, probably due to the lower concentration of polysaccharides and water. The purified material can be used as a template in molecular techniques, such as microarrays, RT-PCR, and in the construction of cDNA and RNA-seq data.

Keywords


RNA extraction methods; RNA quality; Melon.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0359.2017v38n4p2201

Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
Londrina - PR
E-ISSN 1679-0359
DOI: 10.5433/1679-0359
E-mail: semina.agrarias@uel.br
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