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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-170

A semi-quantitative method for the estimation of adenosine A1 receptor mRNA levels in rat kidney


Department of Pharmacology, Medical Faculty, Çukurova University, 01330, Adana, Turkey

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N Dondas
Department of Pharmacology, Medical Faculty, Çukurova University, 01330, Adana
Turkey
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OBJECTIVE: To develop Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) method for the estimation of adenosine A1 receptor mRNA levels in rat kidney. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Total cellular RNA was isolated from whole rat kidney by small-scale total RNA preparation protocol and it was reverse transcribed into cDNA. The cDNA was subjected to PCR amplification using gen specific primers. The amplified cDNA was evaluated by gel electrophoresis and the intensity of the bands were visualized and quantitated with a FujiBAS 1000 PhosphorImager. Then the adenosine A1 receptor mRNA levels were extrapolated from the standard curve. RESULTS: Adenosine A1 receptor mRNA levels in rat kidney were measured as: 1.30 ± 0.17 X 107 copies of adenosine A1 receptor transcript/mg total RNA. CONCLUSION: The RT-PCR method developed for the estimation of adenosine A1 receptor mRNA levels in rat kidney is sensitive and reliable.






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