Nonradioactive northern blot analysis to detect ebola virus minigenomic mRNA

Kristina Brauburger, Tessa Cressey, Elke Mühlberger

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In this chapter, we describe the detection of Ebola virus minigenomic mRNA using a nonradioactive Northern hybridization. This protocol comprises all steps beginning with the synthesis of a digoxigenin-labeled riboprobe, harvest of transcribed mRNA from cells transfected with the Ebola virus minigenome system, separation of mRNA species by denaturing RNA gel electrophoresis, transfer of the mRNA to nylon membranes by vacuum blotting, and finally the detection of minigenome-specific mRNA through hybridization with a labeled riboprobe directed against the reporter gene. This method allows the direct study of cis-acting regulatory regions as well as trans-acting factors involved in Ebola virus minigenome transcription compared to the indirect measurement of reporter protein activity that additionally reflects translational effects (see Chapter 6 in this book for details).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
EditorsThomas Hoenen, Allison Groseth
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)10643745

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Microbiology in the medical area

Free keywords

  • Denaturing RNA gel electrophoresis
  • Digoxigenin-labeled RNA probe
  • Ebola virus
  • Filoviruses
  • Minigenome
  • mRNA detection
  • mRNA purification
  • Nonradioactive Northern hybridization
  • Northern blot
  • Vacuum blot


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