Questions tagged [reverse-transcription]

Questions pertaining to the synthesis of DNA from RNA.

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Complementary DNA synthesis

Does the reverse transcriptase enzyme recognize thymine to synthesize the complementary strand of cDNA?
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Why do retroviruses go through a DNA stage to replicate their RNA genome?

Why do retroviruses (e.g.HIV) convert their RNA genome to DNA (using reverse transcriptase) and then transcribe it back into viral RNA (and translate that into viral proteins). Surely to replicate ...
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How can they know that they found “all the PERVs”? (porcine endogenous retroviruses)

The New York Times article Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Human links to the recent Science publication Inactivation of porcine endogenous retrovirus in pigs using CRISPR-...
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RT-qPCR for RNA quantification

I'm really new to RT-qPCR and probably I've just a minor problem than I think. So, what's my problem about. I want to quantify a virus by a specific area within a gene on its genome. I've specific ...
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Same primers and different melting peaks for two samples (~1°C appart)

In the figure, you can see that melting peaks differ by ~1°C at each sample. Should I be worried?
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Measuring reverse transcription yield?

Is there any measurement I could perform after RT that allows me to check the efficiency that the procedure had? Nanodrop cannot be used as remnants of RNA and poly T primers mask measure, or?
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Large scale reverse transcription?

I need to make RNA:DNA duplexes. I can make 100 to 200 ug of mRNA through in vitro transcription, and I know how to use reverse transcription to make a cDNA library, but I have questions with this. ...
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HIV-RT nucleotide contact residues

I'm investigating HIV-RT 3KLF and 1LWF trying to find a perfect pose of thymine. Which residues on HIV-RT is Thymine supposed to contact on 3KLF and 1LWF? Where exactly is the nucleotide binding ...
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qrt-pcr and short fragments

I plan to measure the effects of Tenofovir a Nucleotide analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitors useing qrt-pcr with HIV-RT as the rt enzyme. Tenofovir causes early termination of the reverse ...
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Is there a Reverse Transcription optimization for long, 9kb, transcripts?

Has anyone optimized RT for long transcripts (9kb)? The downstream application will be PCR amplification and Illumina library prep. It will be trivial to make internal primers sets for the PCR that ...
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Reverse transcription PCR optimization

What is the ideal amount of RNA to use for the RT? and how much cDNA to use then for the PCR? I did RT with a solution of RNA of 0.36 ug/ul. Then for my PCR I used 1 ul of the cDNA obtained and used ...