nucleic acid extraction protocol
Pancreas tissue was resected, preserved in RNALater, and stored at -80 C. After thawing, 2.5 mg of each sample were processed using miRNeasy Mini Kits (Cat # 217004) (Qiagen, Valencia, CA). Samples were homogenized in 700 uL of Qiazol Lysis Reagent (Qiagen), for 5 minutes at 50 hz in a TissueLyser LT (Qiagen), and processed using the automated purification of total RNA on a Qiacube (Qiagen), using the 'Purification of total RNA, including small RNAs, from animal tissues & cells (aqueous phase), version 2 (April 2010)' standard protocol, as described in the miRNeasy Mini Handbook (1073008 07/2012) &
yield per 2.5 mg of pancreas tissue was approximately 35 ug, determined by NanoDrop spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific, Wilmington, DE). Average RIN values were approximately 5.4 +/- 1.4, as assayed by a 2100 Bioanalyzer Instrument (Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA), using an Agilent RNA 6000 Nano Kit (cat # 5067-1511). This RIN mean was consistent with our previous experiences in RNA extraction from murine pancreatic tissue.