Psoralen Crosslinking [ download protocol ]

  1. Grow adherent cells on 15-cm plates. Prepare plates for both crosslinked (+AMT) and mock-crosslinked (-AMT control) conditions.
  2. Prepare 0.5 mg/mL AMT solution in PBS:  Resuspend AMT in H2O at 1 mg/mL and then add an equal volume of 2× PBS. Chill solution in the dark on ice.
  3. Remove media from cells. Rinse cells in plate with 10 mL room temperature PBS. Discard PBS.
  4. Trypsinize and pellet cells, then wash once more with PBS.  Spin and discard supernatant.
  5. Resuspend cell pellet (~25 million cells) in 4 mL of ice-cold AMT solution (+AMT) or ice-cold PBS alone (-AMT control). Incubate the cells on ice for 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer samples to a pre-chilled 10-cm tissue culture dish.
  7. Place cells on ice under a long-wave UV bulb (350 nm) in a UV Stratalinker 2400 (Stratagene). Cells should be approximately 3-4 cm away from the light source.
  8. Expose cells to UV light at maximum power for 7 minutes. Mix every 2 minutes.
  9. Transfer irradiated cells to cold tubes and spin at 330× g for 4 minutes. Discard supernatant.
  10. Isolate crosslinked RNA using TRIzol reagent (Life Technologies) according to manufacturer’s protocol. Clean RNA with Zymo RNA Concentrator-25 column.
  11. Quantify nucleic acid yields with a NanoDrop spectrophotometer.
  12. Digest DNA: For each 8 µg of purified nucleic acid, set up a 50 µL reaction (5 µL 10× TURBO DNase Buffer, 2.5 µL TURBO DNase). Incubate at 37°C for 20 minutes. Clean with RNA Concentrator-5 column (Zymo), and elute in 36 µL H2O.
  13. Measure RNA yield with a NanoDrop spectrophotometer.
  14. Store at -80°C or proceed directly to fragmentation.

RNA Preparation and Fragmentation

  1. Prepare 2 µg of input RNA per sample.
  2. Fragment RNA to ~100 nucleotides: Start with 4 µg of RNA in 36 µL H2O. Add 4 µL 10× RNA Fragmentation Reagent (Ambion). Heat sample for precisely 3 minutes at 70°C and then transfer immediately to ice.
  3. Clean the reaction with Zymo RNA Concentrator-5 column and elute in 20 µL H2O.
  4. Store at -80°C or proceed directly to RAP-RNA[AMT].